QUICK NOTES, June 2018

by Eileen McIntire, MWA President

Annual Meeting, Election Results

MWA’s annual meeting was held June 23 and began with a recap of the past year’s activities. Current chairs then reported briefly on what’s to come in the next year. The following members were elected or reelected to the MWA board:

Executive Committee

  • President - Eileen Haavik McIntire
  • Vice-president – Amy Kaplan
  • Secretary – Patti Ross
  • Treasurer – Mark Willen


  • Development and Long Range Planning Chair – Jess Williams
  • Conference Chair – Judy Kelly
  • Publications Chair – Barbara Morrison
  • Program Chair – Katherine Melvin
  • Membership Chair - Flo McCahon
  • Communications Chair– Jim Brewster
  • Members at Large: Open – to be appointed


Conference Update: Mark Your Calendars!

MWA’s annual conference will be held March 27-29, 2019, at the BWI Marriott.


MWA Annual Writing Contest Begins July 1

It’s our 30th Anniversary and MWA is celebrating! We want to hear from YOU about Maryland. The 30 winning submissions will be collected into an anthology titled, 30 Ways to Love Maryland.

Submissions must fit the theme, 30 Ways to Love Maryland, and may be fiction or non-fiction. Submissions open July 1. Deadline for submissions is midnight, Oct. 31, 2018.

For rules and guidelines, go to our Contest page.


Opportunities for Writers

The Maryland Writers’ Association does not necessarily sponsor nor endorse the following organizations and events. They are included for your information only.

Third Annual Eat Local Read Local event at Cascades Library in Loudoun County will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am-1 pm. Writers of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens, and children are invited to participate and sell their works as part of this free event for both authors and the public.

The library will provide one table per author, free of cost. Authors who would like to offer books for sale are responsible for providing the books and for having change available. Children’s authors are invited to participate in special storytime readings that will be held inside throughout the day. Vendors, food trucks, and musicians will be set up outside under tents.
At 1 p.m., awards will be presented for the Write On! Short Fiction Writing Contest.

To participate, e-mail with your name as you would like it to appear in our program, your preferred email address, and your daytime phone number. If you are a children’s author, please let them know if you would be interested in giving a 10-minute storytime – they will send out a survey link for preferred times after August 1st.

Deadline to participate: August 1


The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.

Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.

Contest Rules
Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of less than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)

  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)
  • All work submitted must be unpublished.
  • Work submitted may be on any theme, any subject.
  • The contest is open internationally.
  • Include a cover sheet containing title(s), author’s name, full address, phone, and email.
  • Omit author’s name on manuscript.

Postmark Deadline: July 15th, 2018.

Online Submissions: Work may be submitted online using our online submission manager system:

Postal Submissions: Clearly indicate “Ringold Contest Entry” on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Staple manuscript if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Include SASE for results only; manuscripts will not be returned. The results will be posted on Nimrod’s website.

Mail to:

Nimrod International Journal
Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers--Fiction or Poetry (indicate the appropriate category)
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Entry Fee: Each entry must be accompanied by a $12 fee, which includes both the reading fee and a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Make checks payable to Nimrod. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own $12 fee.


North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

Have you self-published a book? Searching for high-quality ways to honor and promote it? Enter Winning Writers' fourth North Street competition, co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson (author of The Frugal Book Promoter).

They've expanded to five categories this year:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoir
  • Poetry (new)
  • Children's Picture Book (new).

The top winner in each category will win $1,000, one grand prize winner will win $3,000, and all will receive additional benefits to help market their books. Any year of publication is eligible.

Entry fee: $60 per book. Deadline: June 30.

Winning Writers is one of the Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers". Submit your book online or by mail. Please see our guidelines, past winners, and judges' remarks at


Seeking Submissions for the RISK! Live Show

Brad Lawrence is looking for people in our area to pitch true stories from their lives for consideration to be in the RISK! live true storytelling show coming to Baltimore and Washington, DC on August 17 and 18.

Submission deadline: July13 (Baltimore) and July 14 (Washington) respectively

The venue for the RISK! Live Show is Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
Time: Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Themes: Rabbit Holes, Me Against Nature, Pride

For Washington, DC, the venue is The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Time: Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00PM
Theme: Power, Barbaric, Opposites

Stories are not required to fit under this theme. It’s just a jumping off point to help you brainstorm about stories you have. Excellent true stories are cast over stories that simply fit the theme but are less compelling.

Send pitches to:

RISK! Is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. RISK! has featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, and regular folks from around the world, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The RISK! podcast gets over 1.5 million downloads each month. called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

To hear some of their stories, go to For more information about what they look for in story pitches and how to submit, go to


The Kauai Writers Conference: Nov. 5 – 8 2018

What better place to kick off NaNoWriMo than a tropical paradise? What better respite from November weather than Kauai? What better place to find inspiration and to recharge before the holiday season?

The three-day conference offers top authors and industry experts on topics including fiction, memoir, screenwriting, poetry, and routes to publication; talks by well-known authors’ intimate small group discussions; individual sessions with literary agents; group and individual consultations.

There are still rooms available at the Kauai Marriott Resort at the deeply discounted rate. The volcano you’ve heard so much about is more than 300 miles away, so you may be struck by inspiration, but not by lava.

For more information, go to