Quick Notes, June 5, 2017

By Eileen McIntire, President

You’re Invited! MWA Annual Meeting Features Book Award Winners

MWA’s 2017 Book Awards Winners Donna Drew Sawyer, David Stever, and Rea Keech will read from their winning books at the 2017 MWA Annual Meeting coming up June 20, at 7 p.m. in the Ellicott Room, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042. (410) 313-1950. Refreshments will be served.

Donna Drew Sawyer won in the historical category for Provenance, a novel of Southern civility that turns savage when a successful local businessman turns out to be black; David Stever won in the mystery/thriller category for Auburn Ride, a thriller featuring private investigator Johnny Delarosa; and Rea Keech won in the Mainstream/Literary category for A Hundred Veils, in which a young American teacher at the University of Tehran falls in love with an Iranian girl and gets caught up in the social, political and religious turmoil of the times.

The 2018 Book Awards Contest begins July 1! Submissions accepted July 1 through September 30 for books published in 2016 and 2017. Scoring dates have been lengthened, beginning on October 1 through February 28, 2018. Winners will again be announced at the annual conference in March. The contest is open to MWA members in good standing. There is no fee to enter but author-entrants are required to score 4 entries in a category other than the one they submitted to. A category must have at least five entries to qualify for an award.


SUBMISSIONS requested now for MWA’s next quarterly newsletter.  Please send any information that might be of interest to members, including announcements about other local events or your own news to Barbara Morrison, MWA Newsletter Editor. E-mail DEADLINE: June 26.


Writers, Editors, and Publishers Networking Social

It’s back! MWA-Montgomery will host a networking happy hour Thursday, June 15, with members of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA). Please join us Thursday, June 15, at Azucar Restaurant, 14418 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. This event brings together people from all sides of the publishing industry to meet, mingle, exchange business cards, and have fun! We will be in the private room next to the bar. Please enter through the side door (not the main restaurant entrance). Parking is plentiful and free. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Admittance is $10 cash or check at the door. Last year’s event was a great success and so much fun. We hope you’ll join us!




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