Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween: A Writing Roundup

Happy Halloween! We hope you've been enjoying this exceptionally nice October in Wyoming. We've put together some bits and snippets of news to wrap up the month.

Nature Conservancy Writer's Residency: The Nature Conservancy’s Red Canyon Ranch is seeking applications from writers who wish to pursue a writing project or are in need of inspiration and solitude. The applicant must be a writer with an interest in the Conservancy’s scope of work. Residents will be provided rustic accommodations in a log cabin on Red Canyon Ranch, high in the Wind River Mountains, The ranch is located 13 miles from Lander.

The Wyoming Arts Council is accepting applications for its 2015 Blanchan and Doubleday writing awards. Deadline is midnight on Monday, Nov. 17. The Neltje Blanchan Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script which is informed by a relationship with the natural world. The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award of $1,000 is given for the best poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or script written by a woman author. This year’s judge is nature writer Kurt Caswell, who teaches creative writing and literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

The Wyoming Arts Council is also now accepting applications for its artist roster. Deadline is Monday, Dec. 1.

 WyoPoets is accepting entries for its Eugene V. Shea Annual National Contest through Monday, Dec. 1

Save the Dates
Yes, it’s a long ways out, but jot the dates down anyway. You’ll be glad you did:

Cat Urbigkit's latest book, When Man Becomes Prey was published in October.

Darcy Lipp-Acord was a finalist for the 2014 WILLA Awards for her book, Circling Back Home: A Plainswoman's Journey. The awards were announced at the Women Writing the West conference this month.

Several Wyoming authors were honored in the High Plains Book Awards:
  • Laurie Wagner Buyer won the nonfiction category for Rough Breaks: A Wyoming High Country Memoir
  • Nina McConigley took the short story category with Cowboys and East Indians
  • Julianne Couch was a finalist for her nonfiction Traveling the Power Line
  • Cody-based Pronghorn Press was the publisher for finalist Meadowlark by Dawn Wink.
Laramie County Community College's newest edition of the High Plains Register is now available.

Three writing prompts for Halloween from the folks at the Writers Write Creative Blog. They post great prompts daily, so check them out:
  1. What is the most terrifying book you've ever read?
  2. Which Halloween costumes did the main characters in your novel wear when they were children?
  3. Use these words in a paragraph: melted ice cream, November, skeletons, whisky.

And also for Halloween -- Five Reasons Why Stephen King Must DIE!

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow
November is National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel, start to finish, in one short month. Are you going for it? Learn more on the website and blog.

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  1. Thank you for the info and prompts!

    1. Glad you enjoyed them! I happen to love writing prompts -- always jar my brain awake. Thanks for stopping by!


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