2014 Conference

White County Creative Writers’ 19th Annual Writers’ Conference was held on August 30, 2014 on the second floor of the American Heritage Conference Center at Harding University in Searcy AR

Also featured were 13 writing contests, with contest awards presented during luncheon.

Our thanks to this years’ speakers and sponsors for helping to produce a great event!

See you next year!

Linda Apple is the author of Writing Life – Your Stories Matter! and Connect! A Simple Guide to Public Speaking for Writers. Her debut novel, Women of Washington Avenue is the first book in her Moonlight Mississippi series.

Her personal experience stories have been published in 16 of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her devotions have been published in numerous devotion magazines and books. Linda is also an inspirational/motivational speaker. She speaks at conferences, writers’ workshops, and women’s groups across the midwest and east coast. She currently serves as the Arkansas Regional Speaker Trainer for Stonecroft Ministries, an international organization.

She lives in Fayetteville Arkansas with her husband, Neal, their five children, four children-in-love, and nine grandchildren.

USA Today best-selling author Laura Castoro is the author of forty plus novels. The multi award-winning author was recently named a Pioneer of Romance by Romantic Times. Writing as Laura Parker, she has published historical and contemporary romance, westerns, and category. Writing as Laura Castoro, she has published mainstream women’s fiction.

Among her many honors is being named recipient of the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame Award for 2005. Her book Icing on the Cake was chosen as the 2012 Arkansas Library System’s “If all Arkansas Read the Same Book”.

A sought-after speaker and writing workshop leader, Laura is the President of the Board of Novelists, Inc (NINC), the only writers’ organization devoted exclusively to the needs of multi-published novelists. She is past President and current board member of the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

2014 will see the launch of a new contemporary suspense series under the name D.D.Ayres.

Laura Currently resides in Ft. Worth, TX.

www.laurawrites.com

www.d-d-ayres.com

Questions?

Call 501-268-426 or e-mail my1stdraft@yahoo.com

2014 Contests

White County Creative Writers’ 19th Annual Writers’ Conference features 13 contests sponsored by both members and supporters.. We appreciate those who encourage our craft, and gratefully acknowledge their contributions.

click here to download winners’ list

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Contest Winners

Best of the Best: Jason Glass for Unfinished Memories

Honorable Mention: Peggy Sanders, Truth in Labeling

Contest #1: Baker Nichols Award

1st Place, Pat Laster, “Revival”

2nd Place, Catherine Moran, “Getting their attention”

3rd Place, Dorothy Johnson, “Choices”

Contest #2 Pat Laster Award

1st Place, Mary Lee Cunningham, “Single, Married, or Widowed”

2nd Place, Cheri Lynn Quattrochi, “Retirement Woes”

3rd Place, Rita Dortch, “Things are Different”

1 HM, Gordon Smith, “What Happened”

2 HM, Debra Wantulok, “Furry Prince”

3 HM, Freeda Baker Nichols, “The Understanding”

Contest #3 Lost and Found Award

1st Place, Peggy Sanders, “Nobody Fancy”

2nd Place, Jason Glass, “The Birth of a Goddess”

3rd Place, Sara Gipson, “Lost Ring”

1 HM, Gary L. Breezeel, “It’s a Dog’s Life”

2 HM, Carol Crow, “Finding Juliet”

3 HM, Del Garrett, “The Magic Elixer”

Contest #4 Your Stories Matter

1st Place, Geneva King Emmerson, “Cotton Candy”

2nd Place, Jane Gatewood, “You Win the Prize”

3rd Place, Michael Justus, “Sometimes Seeing is Believing”

1 HM, C. Allan Butkus, “Hunger”

2 HM, Gary L. Breezeel, “My Place of Refuge”

3 HM, Patsy Pipkin, “My Flat Tires Matter”

Contest #5 Book Review

1st Place, Madelyn F. Young, “THE GOLDFINCH, A MASTERPIECE OF FICTION”

2nd Place, Carol Nash Smith, “For the Little Brown Girls”

3rd Place, Jason Glass, “A Good Read”

1 HM, Gordon Smith, “A Farewell to Arms”

2 HM, Aruna Ankem, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”

3 HM, Pat Laster, “For You Insomniacs Who Like Word Plays”

Contest #6 GlassWorks Award

1st Place, Jason Glass, “Unfinished Memories”

2nd Place, Peggy Sanders, “And Then a Hero Comes Along”

3rd Place, Ashley Veatch, “Labor of Life”

1 HM, Rita Dortch, “The Painting’s Story”

2 HM, Carol Nash Smith, “Companionable Fellowship”

3 HM, Carole Crow, “New Orleans Street Scene”

Contest #7 RobertsFamilyArk

1st Place, Peggy Sanders, “Autumn, Far Beneath”

2nd Place, Marlene Kloack, “Crossing Bower’s Mill Bridge

3rd Place, Pat Laster, “Connections”

1 HM, Pat Oplinger, “Independence Day”

2 HM, Del Garrett, “Old Jim’s Strawberry Patch”

3 HM, Dorothy Johnson, “Sister-Friends”

Contest #8 Del Garrett’s ‘Gimme the Creeps’ Award

1st Place, CJ Clark, “The Elixir of Nature”

2nd Place, Carole Crow, “The Purloined Crystal”

3rd Place, Gary R. Hoffman, “The Tale of the Brook’s Creek Skeleton”

1 HM, Jason Glass, “Lost Property”

2 HM, C. Allan Butkus, “Propensity”

3 HM, Carol Nash Smith, “I Am Not Myself”

Contest #9 CAW Award

1st Place, Michael Justus, “A Greater Love”

2nd Place, Geneva King Emerson, “Birthday Pie and Attitude”

3rd Place, Mary Lee Cunningham, “Ode to Mowing”

1 HM, Catherine Moran, “A homeless man drifted by”

2 HM, Kim Greenup, “Where Were You”

3 HM, Gordon Smith, “I Will Lift Up My Eyes to Arkansas”

Contest #10 ZIPPY KIDS Award

1st Place, Rita Dortch, “Pretty Boy”

2nd Place, Geneva King Emerson, “Sprouted Secret”

3rd Place, Madelyn F. Young, “The Test”

1 HM, Gary L. Breezeel, “The Right Thing”

2 HM, Jason Glass, “Real Faith”

3 HM, Mary Lee Cunningham, “The Summer Store Adventure”

Contest #11 Tickle My Funny Bone Award

1st Place, Jason Glass, “Clandestine Gone South”

2nd Place, Peggy Sanders, “The Other Cinderella”

3rd Place, Rhonda Roberts, “Dear Mrs. Brundy”

1 HM, Debra Wantulok, “Two Things to Remember”

2 HM, Jane Gatewood, “Green and Yellow Drop Out”

3 HM, Gary L. Breezeel, “A Meal to Remember”

Contest #12 Summer Vacation Award

1st Place, Gary L. Breezeel, “A Day I’ll Never Forget”

2nd Place, Troy Lynn Pritt, “Grand Canyon Shuttle Rides”

3rd Place, Jason Glass, “Finding More than Gators”

1 HM, C J Clark, “The Rest Stop”

2HM, Barbara Knuckles, “The Mountain”

3 HM, Del Garrett, “Sand Dollars”

Contest # 13 Ellen Withers Award

1st Place, Peggy Sanders, Truth in Labeling

2nd Place, C. Allan Butkus, “Hopping Death”

3rd Place, Gordon Smith, “Black Magic”

1HM, Gary R. Hofman, “Bananas About Baskets”

2HM, Gary L. Breezeel, “Sauce for the Goose”

3 HM, Carole Crow, “Publish or Perish”

2014 Contests
Awards were $25.00/1st place, $15.00/2nd place, and $10.00/3rd place unless otherwise noted. HM’s at the discretion of the judges.

Best of the Best! This was a surprise award —first place winners in each contest were entered in this one for a top prize. Awards were 1st place-$50, HM-$30. Congratulations!

1. BAKER NICHOLS AWARD – Sponsor, Freeda Baker Nichols – Villanelle, any subject.

3. LOST AND FOUND AWARD – Sponsor, Carol Hodges – Fantasy short story 2,500 word max. in which protagonist loses, then finds, something important. BRIEF critique given if requested on 1st page.

4. YOUR STORIES MATTER – Sponsor, WCCW – A personal experience story about overcoming an obstacle that will encourage others who are experiencing the same struggle. Use a focused scene, with only one back-story to give understanding to the scene. Use at least one of the five senses, and dialogue and internalization where appropriate. Tie it up with your epiphany, observation, or simple lesson. 1,000 word max. Linda Apple, Judge. Awards: $50/$30/$20

5. BOOK REVIEW – Sponsor, Dot Hatfield- 1,000 word limit. Tell why you liked it, or didn’t.

6. GLASSWORKS AWARD – Sponsor, Gayle Glass – descriptive essay. Describe your favorite painting without revealing the name of the work. 1,500 word max.

7. ROBERTSFAMILYARK – Sponsor, Rhonda Roberts – Free verse poem, 40 line limit.

8. DEL GARRETT’S ‘GIMME THE CREEPS’ AWARD – Sponsor, Del Garrett – Prose horror story written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe. 1,500 word max.

9. CAW AWARD – Sponsor, Central Arkansas Writers – Rhymed poem, 24 line limit

10. ZIPPY KIDS AWARD – Sponsor, Debbie Wantulok – Short story that teaches a basic Biblical principal. Fictional or not. 1,200 word limit.

11. TICKLE MY FUNNY BONE AWARD – Sponsor, Kim Greenup – Humorous short story. 2,000 word max.

12. SUMMER VACATION AWARD – Sponsor, Penpoint Group – Humorous short story about a summer vacation. 2 page max.

13. ELLEN WITHERS AWARD – Sponsor, Ellen Withers – 2,500 word murder mystery with death by poison.

 

2014 Contests

White County Creative Writers’ 19th Annual Writers’ Conference features 13 contests sponsored by both members and supporters.. We appreciate those who encourage our craft, and gratefully acknowledge their contributions.

2014 Contests

Awards will be 1st place – $25.00; 2nd place – $15.00; 3rd place – $10.00 unless otherwise noted. HM’s are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

1. BAKER NICHOLS AWARD – Sponsor, Freeda Baker Nichols – Villanelle, any subject.

2. PAT LASTER AWARD – Sponsor, Pat Laster – A personal essay about how things are different from how you expected them to be. 1000 word max. Awards: $25/$15/$10 3HM’s $5 each.

3. LOST AND FOUND AWARD – Sponsor, Carol Hodges – Fantasy short story 2,500 word max. in which protagonist loses, then finds, something important. BRIEF critique given if requested on 1st page.

4. YOUR STORIES MATTER – Sponsor, WCCW – A personal experience story about overcoming an obstacle that will encourage others who are experiencing the same struggle. Use a focused scene, with only one back-story to give understanding to the scene. Use at least one of the five senses, and dialogue and internalization where appropriate. Tie it up with your epiphany, observation, or simple lesson. 1,000 word max. Linda Apple, Judge. Awards: $50/$30/$20

5. BOOK REVIEW – Sponsor, Dot Hatfield- 1,000 word limit. Tell why you liked it, or didn’t.

6. GLASSWORKS AWARD – Sponsor, Gayle Glass – descriptive essay. Describe your favorite painting without revealing the name of the work. 1,500 word max.

7. ROBERTSFAMILYARK – Sponsor, Rhonda Roberts – Free verse poem, 40 line limit.

8. DEL GARRETT’S ‘GIMME THE CREEPS’ AWARD – Sponsor, Del Garrett – Prose horror story written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe. 1,500 word max.

9. CAW AWARD – Sponsor, Central Arkansas Writers – Rhymed poem, 24 line limit

10. ZIPPY KIDS AWARD – Sponsor, Debbie Wantulok – Short story that teaches a basic Biblical principal. Fictional or not. 1,200 word limit.

11. TICKLE MY FUNNY BONE AWARD – Sponsor, Kim Greenup – Humorous short story. 2,000 word max.

12. SUMMER VACATION AWARD – Sponsor, Penpoint Group – Humorous short story about a summer vacation. 2 page max.

13. ELLEN WITHERS AWARD – Sponsor, Ellen Withers – 2,500 word murder mystery with death by poison.

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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, 2014. 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 this site about formatting)

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: Contest #4 Awards $50/$30/$20. All other awards $25/$15/$10. Contest #2 also awards $5 to 3 HM’s. HM’s awarded at judges’ discretion.