2013 Conference

White County Creative Writers’ 18th Annual Writers’ Conference was held on August 31, 2013 on the second floor of the American Heritage Conference Center at Harding University in Searcy AR. Topics included Children’s and YA Fiction, Short Stories – fine tuning, The NEW Pulp Fiction, and Today’s Technology. Also featured were 13 writing contests, which will be awarded during the luncheon.

About the Books – We appreciate the participation in the last minute used book sale. We raised $59.50 for the library, which means we re-homed between 70-80 books ( speculating, because we didn’t keep count). It’s great when books find new homes. The remaining books were donated to the Literacy Council of White County for their used book store. Don’t forget to check out this organization in your own community when you have books you are finished with, or when you are shopping for others to read! Thanks again!

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Featured Speakers
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling young adult SF Mindjack series. Her new Debt Collector future-noir serial is her more grown-up SF. She has put her steampunk fantasy romance temporarily on hold while she madly scribbles episodes to keep Lirium (the titular Debt Collector) happy. Plus she needs to leave time to play on Facebook. Susan has a lot of degrees in engineering, which come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopias, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. Mostly she sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets make up stuff full-time. You can find out more about her ongoing shenanigans at www.susankayequinn.com


Since beginning to write fiction 12 years ago, Dot Hatfield has published four books and is currently tweaking her novel, An Ordinary Day, out later this year. Her collection of award-winning short stories appeared in 2006 under the title Every Day a New Day and other short stories. Currently president of White County Creative Writers, Dot is also a member of Central Arkansas Writers critique group. www.dothatfield.com

Steeped in pulp magazines, old radio shows, and all things of that era’s pop culture, Tommy Hancock lives in Arkansas with his wonderful wife and three children and obviously not enough to do. He is Editor in Chief for Pro Se Productions, is an organizer of the New Pulp Movement, was a founding member and original Editor-in-Chief of ALL PULP, works as an editor for Seven Realms, Dark Oak, and Moonstone. He is also a writer published by Airship 2 works as Promotions and Marketing Coordinator for Moonstone Entertainment, is the Editor in Chief of ALL PULP, a full news site devoted to Pulp and the Coordinator for PULP ARK, the premiere Pulp Culture Convention in the South. The most exciting aspect of Genre Fiction, New Pulp breathes life into staid story cliches and puts the powerful back in purple prose! Hancock will give an overview of where New Pulp came from, what it is, and where it’s going!

2013 Contests

White County Creative Writers’ 18th Annual Writers’ Conference featured 13 contests sponsored by both members and supporters.. We appreciate those who encourage our craft, and gratefully acknowledge their contributions.

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Congratulations to all our winners! Click below for a complete list in .pdf format

2013 Contest Winners!

2013 Contests

Contests 1 and 2 awards – 1st place $50; 2nd place $30; 3rd place $15.

1. Sponsor – White County Creative Writers, Searcy, AR. WCCW Award; Children’s story, 800 words max.

2. Sponsor – Fiction Writers of Central Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. FWCA Award; Short Story – Fiction, 1500 words max., must include all of the following words: Arabica beans, rooster, Vulcan Canon, menopause, titillating, Eiffel Tower.

Contests 3 through 13 awards – 1st place $25, 2nd place $15, 3rd place $10.

3. Sponsor – Pat Laster, Haiku Award; Haiku sequence, 9 lines min – 15 lines max. In addition to main awards, $5.00 to 3HMs.

4. Sponsor – Zippy Kids Inc., Searcy, AR. The Zippy Pen Award; Stand up and testify – an essay about how sharing the message of Christ with others changed you. 1250 words max.

5. Sponsor – Dot Hatfield, Looking Back Award; Short Story set in the past (1970 or earlier). Be true to the decade(no cell phones). 1500 words max.

6. Sponsor – Carol Hodges, Magical Mash-Up; Short story – humorous combination of 2 fairy tales, 2500 words max. Brief critique given if requested (place ‘critique requested’ below title).

7. Sponsor – Modern Woodmen, office of Todd Slayton, Pangburn, AR. Make Me Laugh Award; Humorous short story or memoir, 1500 words max.

8. Sponsor – Peggy Sanders, The Barbershop Award; Humorous short story about a bad haircut and the consequences. Fiction or non-fiction. 2500 words maximum. Entries that do not include a word count will be disqualified.

9. Sponsor – Del Garrett, Del Garrett’s Gimme the Creeps Award; Short story, fiction Ghost story, 250 word max, based on a weird looking photo. Must include a copy of the photo.

10. Sponsor – Central Arkansas Writers, CAW Award; Personal essay. Subject: My favorite writing place. 1000 words max.

11. Sponsor – Glassworks Ink, Poetics Award; poetry, any form . Subject: Where I’d like to be, 50 lines max.

12. Sponsor – RobertsFamilyArk, RobertsFamilyArk Award, Poetry, rhymed, any subject, 40 lines max.

Contest #13 Limited to Arkansas Residents:

13. Sponsor – Village Writers Club, Hot Springs Village, AR, Village Writers’ Club Award; a holiday story, fiction or non-fiction, 2500 words or less. Limited to Arkansas Residents

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Contest Regulations

1. Conference registration does not include contest fees. Contest fees of $5.00 for the first entry and $3.00 for each additional entry thereafter must be mailed on or before July 25, 2013. Total your entry fees and make one check payable to White County Creative Writers. Mail entries and fees to Dot Hatfield, 802 W. Center, Beebe, AR 72012. No fees returned. Winners not attending will be notified by mail one week after the conference.

2. WCCW is not responsible for manuscripts lost, delayed, or received too late for judging. Do not send SASE: No entries will be returned. Entries will be destroyed two weeks after conference.

3. Only one typed, unpublished manuscript may be entered in each contest. Double-space prose; poetry may be double- or single-spaced. Use standard manuscript form – (see page on Formatting and Other Tips)

4. No entry may be entered in more than one contest. No one may enter the contest for which he or she serves as sponsor, chairman, or judge. Noncompliance with ANY rules will result in a disqualified entry.

5. Put contest number and name of award in upper left corner of each manuscript. Show word/line count in upper right corner per several judges’ requests. Do not put your name on the manuscript. Attach a cover sheet to each manuscript with (a) number and name of contest, (b) title of entry, (c) first line of entry, and (d) your name, mailing address, and telephone number.

6. Prizes and other considerations: Contests #1 & #2 – 1st place, $50.00/2nd place, $30.00/3rd place, $20.00. Remaining contests – 1st place – $25.00/2nd place – $15.00/3rd place – $10.00. #3 also awards $5 to 3 HMs. HMs awarded at judges’ discretion.