Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm here!


I love you all (clients, friends and critique groups) but I also have a looming deadline. I've turned down an indie publisher and am following an editor's suggestion of adding 30,000 words.
I am still sneaking in work for clients and coordinating critique groups (and let's not forget, helping my daughter with her quest to dominate the lipstick world).

June will slow down and I'll be back (I promise!)

--Clarissa

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Get your writing engines ready...


Center for Documentary Studies
Fiction & Poetry
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $65
Prize: $10,000
Info: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/awards/lange-taylor

Ploughshares
Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $24
Prize: $2,000
Info: http://www.pshares.org

Del Sol Press: First Novel Competition
Fiction (Novel)
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: $1,500
Info: http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm

One 3 Press
Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: May 15, 2017
Enry Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Info: http://www.zone3press.com/books/nonfiction-contest

Writer's Digest
Poetry, Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: $5,000
Info: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions

New American Press
Fiction
Deadline: June 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1,000
Info: http://www.newamericanpress.com

Hidden River Arts
Short Story & Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $17
Prize: $1,000
Info: http://hiddenriverarts.wordpress.com

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Countdown to $100 Amazon Gift Card


It’s not too late to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. This is for everyone who has a book in progress or ready to be published. Nothing centers a story like your pitch. It doesn’t have to be polished to a shine (that’s what we’re here for).

To join, email critiquecamp@gmail.com with your name and the date you’d like to join the online session (April 12th at 7 p.m. or April 13th at 7 p.m.). 

Each session will be recorded and available to download. You must register to get the access code for these sessions. You do not have to attend the live feed (they will be recorded for your convenience).

 This is a free service for all Writers of Kern members. If you’re not a current member you’ll be sent an invoice for $25 that can be applied to your future membership.

Winner will be drawn April 14th and recorded for all participants.

Good luck and happy pitching!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pitch Perfect Critique Camp

The heart of your story, the hook of the reader boils down to the pitch. Whether you're readying for the arduous task of querying or finishing that novel—you’ll need an iron clad pitch. It’s the foundation of a manuscript and the skeleton of the characters.


At Writers of Kern, we’ll do more than help outline its importance, we’ll show you. Join our online Pitch Perfect Critique Camp

Choose one of the following live sessions and put your name in the ring for a $100 Amazon Gift Card as the Pitch Perfect Critique Camp Winner.

The winner will be announced on April 14th in a live video (explaining how and why the winning pitch was chosen).

Requirements:
1) Must have current CWC/WOK membership (or pay $25 entry fee)
2) Must have access to a computer/camera for the interactive sessions
3) Must have access to WORD or PDF
4) Register via critiquecamp@gmail.com

Session:
April 12th (Wednesday) 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
April 13th (Thursday) 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Please note: You do not need to attend a session to participate in the drawing (the sessions allow for critiques, pointers and suggestions). However, you will still need to have an active membership or entry fee.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Contests and Competitions

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Wergle Flomp Humor (Poetry)
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $0
Prizes: $100-$1,000
More Info

Fish Publishing (Flash Fiction)
Deadline: 2/28/2017
Entry Fee: $15
Cash Prize: $1,090
More Info

James Jones Literary Society (Novel)
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $30
Cash Prize: $10,000
More Info

Red Hen Press
Women's Prose Prize (fiction or nonfiction)
Deadline: 2/28/2017
Entry Fee: $25
Cash Prize: $1,000
More Info

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Award Series (novel, poetry, creative non fiction)
Deadline: 2/28/2017
Entry Fee: $30
Cash Prize: $5,500
More Info

Fabulous Five Contest (fiction, romance)
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $18-25
Prize: Agent and Editor Intro
More Info

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation (poetry)
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $10
Cash Prize: $1,000
More Info

Ghost Story
Supernational Fiction Award
Deadline: 4/30/17
Entry Fee: $20
Cash Prize: $1,000
More Info

Monday, February 20, 2017

Not Doing It All



Two days ago I sat in our monthly Writers of Kern meeting, I'd snuck in just before it started and after a quick phone call from the babysitter, was back out before the meeting was over. Before I left, one of our members asked how I managed three young children and a writing career (career is a loose term, yes?). She wanted to know how I did it all.

Here's my answer (drumroll)...

I don't. I'm not even close to doing it all.

My husband is a trauma rep (meaning he's on call 24/7) and I have three kids with piano, violin, cello and competitive gymnastics. This doesn't include our GATE programs or volunteer projects. And let's not forget school activities.


None of the above include my own obligations to the local school district, my editing clients, our semiannual Girls Only Ragnar trip and my position as Critique Group Coordinator for Writers of Kern.

I had two Writers of Kern obligations in one week but with my daughter busting her leg and a babysitter needing to bail, I missed one completely and left halfway into another. And let's not forget rebuilding a fence that fell over in our recent storm.




Plain and simple, I physically and quite literally can not do it all. 

But I sure as hell can try.

When you're drowning in to-do lists and skipping from one event to another, writing feels like an impossible task. Editing isn't even a thought. You want to beat your fists against the keyboard you just sat down to tackle, only to realize your parents are at your door. Or your dog just vomited on your feet. Or the school called, you forgot to pick up your kid. Or your thirty-year-old is moving back in.

You could fold and walk away or you could give what you have. No one can do it all. We're not supposed to do it all. It absolutely takes a village.

Thankfully, I have a safety net with a supportive husband, understanding (for the most part) kids and the best board of all time at Writers of Kern.



There are going to be days where you punch out only a sentence. And then there will be days you get a paragraph. But one word is better than no word.

You can't do it all. But you sure as hell can try.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Critique Group Openings

We are currently revamping our critique groups, both online and in person. 
As a professional writers organization, we offer complimentary critique groups for our members.
For more information please email or fill out a critique questionnaire.

For those not ready to commit, we do offer a two-week critique camp.
For more information please contact us (dates to come).