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#michlit @WestlandLibrary August 2012 Newsletter #library #michigan

Westland Public Library

August 2012 Newsletter

NEW Hours

Tues: 10am - 6pm
Wed-Thurs: 12pm - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 10am - 5pm

6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 | 734.326.6123 | |  | 

Library News

New Library Hours in Effect

While Library usage has steadily increased, tax revenues for the Library have decreased each year with a drop of more than $800,000 over the last five years. The Library has done everything possible to weather these cuts while still providing quality services and programming-with much help from the Friends of the Library, community partnerships, and the creativity of Library staff.

In spite of these efforts, these cuts have reached a critical point in the 2012-2013 budget year. Due to falling tax revenues and unavoidable budget constraints, we are unhappy to announce that the Library had to reduce staff, programming and operational hours. 

The Library's new hours are as follows:

Sunday-Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 12pm - 9pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm

There will be a library millage vote on August 7th, 2012.

For more information about these changes and the state of your Library, please or stop by and talk to us!

Summer Reading for Teens and Adults

Own the Night

Teens (Grades 7 - 12)*

Keep track of your reading to earn awesome prizes! We'll have weekly gift card drawings. Ends August 4th.

Think Again

Adults (Ages 18+)

Earn a ticket for each time you read a book, listen to an audiobook, or download an ebook from OverDrive! We'll have weekly drawings for great gift cards to local businesses. Ends August 4th.

Adult Programs

Westland Writers Workshop

Wednesday, Aug 8 | 7 pm

The Writers Workshop critiques individuals' writing in a workshop setting. All genres accepted. We will tell you what is working with your piece, as well as what needs improvement.

Writers Club*

Thursday, Aug 23 | 7 pm

Do you have stories, poems or ideas you would like others to hear, but not critique, in a casual atmosphere? Led by Cheryl Vatcher-Martin

Writers BBQ*

Thursday, Aug 16 | 6 pm - 8 pm

The Writers groups at the Library invite all group members and interested writers to join us for a BBQ at Merriman's Hollow on Hines Drive (Hawthorn Park Drive and Merriman). The library will provide BBQ chicken, chips, and soft drinks. Attendees are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to pass.RSVP to Andy at

Special Programs

Hoarding Disorder*

Thursday, Aug 09 | 7 pm

Join Janet Kester, psychotherapist and professional organizer specializing in chronic disorganizing and hoarding, who will address Hoarding Disorder. Anyone interested in learning more about this disorder, treatment and assistance options, and the effects on hoarders and their family members are encouraged to attend.

Pop-Up History: 8 Men Out*

Thursday, Aug 22 | 6 pm - 8:30 pm

Join local historian Jeff Koslowski for a pop-up history viewing of this baseball classic about the 1919 World Series scandal involving White Sox players. Starring John Cusack and David Strathairn. Refreshments served.

Fantasy Football*

Wednesday, Aug 23 | 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fantasy Football is back! Join the Westland Library's head-to-head league for a chance at monthly, mid-season, and season-ending prizes.  We'll have pizza, pop, and party favors for all participating teams. Team managers are welcome to review Fantasy Football magazines at the Reference Desk up to and after the draft.

Monthly Book Clubs*


Wednesday, Aug 22 | 7 pm

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon


Tuesday, Aug 28 | 12 pm

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Wednesday, Aug 29 | 7 pm

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Look for these Programs Every Month:

Computer Classes*

A variety of free, hands-on computer classes are offered every month at the library. Space is limited, so sign up at the Reference Desk.

Chess Club

Thursdays | 6 pm

Saturdays | 1 pm

Like to play chess? Come to the Westland Chess Group and hang out and play a couple of games. Bring your own board or use one of ours. Novices to chess masters are all welcome.

Job Seekers Lab

Tuesdays | 10 am - 1 pm
Fridays | 1pm - 4 pm

A librarian will be available to assist you in filing for unemployment, creating and uploading a resume and other job-related tasks.

eReader Support Group

Wednesday, Aug 15 | 2 - 4 pm

Do you have an eReader? Want to learn more about it? Drop in each month to meet with other eReader users, share your eReader expertise, or learn some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your device.

Teen SRP: Own the Night

SRP Finishers' Party*

Saturday, Aug 11 | 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Own the Night Summer Reading Program finishers (and one guest each) are invited to an After-Hours Video Game Party at the library! Come and play Dance Dance Revolution, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and more! Invitation required.

Coming Soon:

Check for Book Reviews from the Summer Reading Program in the Rants & Raves binder on the teen magazine rack

Watch for the return of TAB and Teen Book Club in September!

Kids' Happenings

Dream Big: READ!

Summer Reading Finisher's Party with Nick Paul: Magician & Entertainer (By Invitation Only!)

Wednesday, Aug 01 | 12:30 pm, 3 pm & 7 pm

Nick Paul will bring his combination of comedy, magic and audience participation to the Westland Library in a special performance for SRP finishers!

Non-Fiction Challenge

Summer reading fun continues in August with the Children's Non-Fiction Challenge. Children will read books at their own reading level from different subject areas. Each category completed will earn an entry for a chance to win a jar of treats, a gift card or another cool prize. Earn weekly coupons and other prizes along the way. Finishers can choose a free book to keep! The Non-Fiction Challenge runs from August 1 until August 31. Pick up your challenge sheet at the Children's Desk today!


Get Up and Move!*

Ages 5 - 7 | Aug 14 | 3:30pm - 4:15 pm

Ages 8 - 12 | Aug 14 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Ages 5 - 7 | Aug 23 | 6 pm - 6:45 pm

Ages 8 - 12 | Aug 23 | 7 pm - 8 pm

This program is all about getting up and moving around.  We will play different games, some you may already know and some new ones too.  Please wear clothes that are easy to move in and come ready to have fun!!  

Summer Sidewalk Chalk

Saturday, Aug 11 | 10 am - 11 am

Please join us for a morning of fun as we decorate our sidewalks with colorful chalk! Weather permitting.

Family Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, Aug 18 | 11 am - 12:30 pm

Come be part of this summer's family competition!  Each family will get a sheet of items to find around the city.  Figure out where you can find the items, drive there and then take a picture (on a digital or phone camera) with your family in it.  Once you have taken a picture with all the items on the list, come back to the library to get a prize.  There is no time limit but the sooner you make it back the better choices you have of prizes!  You will need a car, a camera, and your family.  It will take between 45 minutes and 90 minutes.  You may not want to bring children younger than five since it involves getting in and out of a car multiple times.  Also, you may want to show some team spirit and pick a family color to wear!

Field of Flowers

Tuesday, Aug 21 | 2 pm - 3 pm

Paint a "field of flowers" using the warm color tones of summer. For children ages 7 to 12. Registration begins August 7.

NEW Computers!

The four new computers in the Children's Department are ready to use! The new computers, labeled A - D, are for Internet use and school work. Children age 12 and under can log in with their library cards just like they do on the regular adult computers.

Book Clubs

There will be no book club meetings over the summer. They will resume in the fall. See you then!


*Stop by or call the library to register for any of these programs, or sign up online on the Library's website.

OverDrive service is here!

Wondering what to do with that new eReader? We now have OverDrive downloadable content for Westland residents interested in downloading audio book or eBook files to their home computer, eReader or mobile device. For more information, visit Download Destination website.

Reading Help Available for Adults*

The Westland Public Library offers literacy tutoring to adults interested in improving their reading skills. If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please call or visit Kristy in the Reference department.

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Funding for all library programs provided by The Friends of the Westland Public Library.

August Scribal News Calendar via @scribalpress

Scribal News Calendar

Monthly Update for Writers





Letter from the Editor

Detroit Metro Area Book Signings

Regional Area Book Signings

Out of Country Book Signings

Detroit Metro Area Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

Regional Area Conferences / Seminars / Workshops

Out of Country Conferences / Seminars / Workshops


Pod and Web Cast Broadcasting

Writing Opportunities / Contests / Awards

Worthy Newsletters

Instructional Reads

Recommended Web Sites

Business Section


Guidelines to the Scribal News Calendar (Please read before you send any info to be added)





Writing Partners,


 I have finally published the 100th  issue of the Scribal News Calendar. As I look back I hope that I was able to provide as much helpful information as possible to assist you in your endeavors. No this is not the end of the publication, it is just the beginning. I look forward to doing another 100 issues.



Sylvia McClain

Scribal News Calendar Editor

August 1, 2012

Please visit my web site, sign the guest book and get to know me.  The newsletter is also available on my web site.  Check it out at also; visit my blog at to read an opinionated column called "View Points."







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On August 18th and 19th Geneva Phillips is having her Annual Heritage Festival. Aquarius Press has a free table, as usual and we can invite whoever we want to sell books. It will be from noon- 5 P.M. both days. The Location is 742 Lothrop, corner of Third Street, in the New Center Area.

Come meet Sylvia Hubbard, Motown Writers Network Founder, Sylvia McClain, author of The Write Life, Karen White-Owens, Award Winning Romance Novels, and Sharon Stanford, Fiction Editor for Aquarius Press.

For more information call 248-569-3023 during normal business hours.


Writing Workshop with Aquarius Press on October 13, 2012 at the headquarters of the Metro Detroit Performing Arts Center in Southfield, MI. The MDPAC a new venture founded by Heather Buchanan of Aquarius/Willow Books and Arthur Ray, offer classes in music, theatre, and the literary arts.


Metro Detroit Performing Arts Center

Detroit Federation Musicians Building

20833 Southfield Road, Ste202

Southfield, MI 48075







Broadside Press Poets' Theater takes place on the University of Detroit-Mercy's McNichols Campus the third Sunday of each month. For more information, contact Rosemary Weatherston, director, Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture at or Aurora
Harris at 313 673-6313


New Year at Barnes & Noble

The Freelance Marketplace Writers' Group




Lenox Township Library Summer Reading Events





Making Dream Catchers. All ages. Registration required. From 2:00 – 3:30.



"What are your dreams?" Craft and story. Ages 5-10.  Registration required.



Adult "Between the Covers" giveaway and craft. 6:30 – 7:00



Summer Reading Finale (more details to come).



Dreams Storytime 6:30 -7:00.


For more information you can go to or call 586-749-3430







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Dayton Book Expo at Dayton Women's Fair

Saturday; September 15, 2012 at Dayton Airport Expo Center.

For more information visit




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&As a co-sponsor of the Muse Online Writers' Conference (and the first one at that!), I'd like you to put a tickler file on you calendar to register for the 2012 weeklong event in October. I can't tell you how many of my subscribers have been disappointed that they can't avail themselves of this free conference (every year!) because they miss the deadline. August would be a good time to let your digital calendar remind you to enroll at












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A Call for Book Clubs 

Dayton Book Expo is committed to connecting book lovers and we want to recognize the great book clubs that support authors. Attending the DBE puts you face-to-face with more than forty authors of various genres. Get a personalized autograph; take pictures with your favorite authors and more! At 2:30 PM, take part in the Book Clubs 101 panel discussion. Boast about your club's uniqueness and share ideas for selected readings. In addition, the book club with the most members in attendance will receive a plaque and be featured on our Book Club page and in a Dayton Book Expo eblast.

If you want more authors to know about your book club, provide the following information to


·         Name of book club

·         City and state

·         group photo or logo

·         web address or email contact

·         Only $25





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Bringing a Friend to BWRC 2012? Save 35%!
Register with a friend and save on registration.

Pay for one full conference registration and get a second "Buddy" registration for 35% off current rates ($240) or get two registrations for $305. Reply to the first registration confirmation email with name of "Buddy" to receive discount code OR submit both registrations and include the name of your registration "Buddy" in comment area and receive a $64 rebate for each registration within 48 hours. Limited time offer. See Registration.

Limited Room Availability at Westin

As anticipated, the BWRC room block has sold out—TWICE—at the Westin; however, rooms at our $129 rate are still available to registrants by special arrangement through July 29 or until the hotel sells out. If you have registered for the conference or retreat and wish to make a hotel reservation, contact us at registration (at) or 626.86WRITE with the name on your conference registration, dates you will be needing accommodations, and preferred room type, and we will assist you with securing a hotel reservation for all nights of your stay.




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& Calling all poets and, really anyone interested in awards and contests to promote a writing career! A free podcast of one of the Write On interviews with the publisher at LadybugBooks is now live. Please join us. A direct link to Write On page is: Click on my name with the little sound insignia by it.

& July 8th, 6PM Eastern, 3 pm Pacific with The Funky Writer, aka Rob Batista. He's been doing this for a while. This is my second appearance with him and it will be fun the second time around. If you're interested in querying him, find him at More information to come.

New! & July 20-22, The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference will be at the Los Angeles Valley Campus. Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be speaking Saturday, the 21st at 12:30 pm. on Building a Platform and on Sunday the 22nd at 10 am on How to Develop a Relationship with a Bookseller. The same day at 3:15 we'll talk about how It's Never Too Early or Too Late to Promote Your Book.

All Facebook Conference Marketing Conference

 July 28-29, 2012 | San Francisco
Learn how to market to Facebook's 800 million users and deliver real revenue-generating results. Join us at AllFacebook Marketing Conference and get an inside look at the latest Facebook tools, apps, demographics, research, and advertising opportunities. For more information go to






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Across the Country


Black Authors Network Radio Show with Kevin Wayne Johnson, a commissioned minister (National Association of the Church of God, Anderson, IN), author of the multiple award winning and national best-selling Give God the Glory! series of books with Host Ella Curry 8:00pm (EST)
Listener dial-in number (646) 200-0402 Visit Johnson's websites at: and


The Mother Daughter Club, a segment of by For and About Women Radio Network at features host Kathe Gogolewski interviewing authors and guest experts about topics that matter to us all. Funny lady Joyce Faulkner closes each show with a reading from her book, For Shrieking Out Loud or her humor column at Link to for dates of upcoming shows. Interested authors can email Kathe at to query.





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Detroit Metro Area


Author and Host, Minister Celeste Kelley, is taking The "Sister Girl..." Series to the airwaves through the "Write the Vision" Radio Broadcast on 88.1 FM WHPR.  Minister Celeste has interviewed authors, pastors, Stellar Award winners and others. AND...the excitement continues!!  Don't You Miss It! Coming Up on Write the Vision with Author and Host Minister Celeste are: Write the Vision Radio is broadcasted live on Mondays at 5:30 PM on 88.1 FM WHPR (Highland Park, Detroit and Hamtramck, MI), with a live simulcast on  The schedule does include more than authors, as the show is segmented. Specifically the author segments are the "Visions of the Scroll Spotlight". The shows are also podcasted at: Write The Vision is also syndicated on 1140 AM WBXR (Huntsville, AL / TN) on Thursdays at 1:30 PM and 940 AM WCPC (Tupelo, MS / GA) on Fridays at 5:30 PM.


Host Lillian Cauldwell on Lillian's SpeakOut!, a twenty minute PodCast Broadcast with authors. Please visit and listen via Real Player, Media Player or Juke Box or by downloading the RSS XML stream to your MP3, iPod, or iTunes Players. Extraordinary interviews not to be missed!  Interested in being on Lillian's SpeakOut!  Contact Lillian at 734-332-5902 or email and Speak your mind!


The Chocolate Pages Show with Pam Perry

It's a PODCAST adding VOICE to the blog!





Host attorney Tonya Evans-Walls presents a free bimonthly podcast titled "Lit Law for Writers on the Go." If you are confused by copyright, troubled by trademark law or plain old confounded by contracts in the publishing industry, then tune in! Visit and listen via Audio Acrobat or by downloading the RSS XML stream to your MP3, iPod, or iTunes Players. Listen and learn anytime, anywhere!


Carolyn Howard-Johnson , Kathe Gogolewski , Joyce Faulkner , and Allyn Evans have MP3 classes covering the writing craft, technology and promotion. Available in lineMP3 and CD formats, authors will find complete information at Titles include Contest Facts: How to Add "Award-winning" to Your Name, Do It Yourself Indexing: The Way to Sell Your Book to Libraries, Schools and Anyone Else That Buys Nonfiction, Fury and Destruction: How to Use Violence Effectively in Your Writing, and more.


MaAnna Stephenson kicks off her BlogAid Podcast series with our interview! Yep! We talk Tweeting to celebrate the launch of Frugal and Focused Tweeting for Retailers: The specific link to the conversation on Tweeting MaAnna and I had is

She also reviewed Tweeting and posted it at:

focused-tweeting-for-retailers. Find the complete launch schedule at


Come listen to Ivy Reisner and Carolyn Howard-Johnson dish on social media--socially. (-: Go to her Web site and either listen online, download the mp3 file, or subscribe to the podcast feed (current subscription is just over 3,000 with some files getting 8,000 downloads so I know you'll love what she does!). Writing Cast covers topics of various techniques of writing, from how to create characters and control narrative voice, to how to promote your work. Most of the episodes are kept short, to fit into a writer's busy schedule.


So, what is the best way for you to publish? Georgia Jones and Carolyn Howard-Johnson talk about that and other writing-and-promoting-related subjects on her audio station associated with Write On, part of her LadybugLive. It features all kinds of goodies for writers, including poetry. Go to Find the little icon of a radio speaker/megaphone on the right of the page for the link. Or download to your computer with a wait at:





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eBooks have reached the tipping point. It is time to recognize them with their own awards. The Global eBook Awards are designed to bring attention to the best eBooks in several different categories. This award program was designed by Dan Poynter and his fabulous team. Entrants are not just awarded a winner "sticker" for their eBook, they are also enrolled in a proven eBook promotion program. "eBooks deserve recognition according to their category or genre not as a single format." --Dan Poynter, The Book Futurist.


Attention Writers!!
BackList is looking for personal essays about the writing process, writing, publishing, and being a writer (the challenges and joys) to publish on This is a great way to promote your self and connect with an audience of readers. This opportunity is open to both published and unpublished writers.  If you're interested send an essay idea or theme to for consideration. Essays will range in word count from 500-700 words.


·         Submissions: Published Guest Columnists receive $25 for their 500-600 word articles. Visit The Fabulist Flash Writer Guidelines for more information.





Story Call Outs / Contests


We are now accepting entrants for the Writers Weekly Winter 2012 24-Hour Short Story Contest. Contests usually fill up before start-time. Each contest is limited to 500 entrants so don't delay if you want to participate.

1st Place: $300

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $200

Entry fee is $5. You can see the complete list of 85 prizes and sign up here:

Book Contests


Join George C. Fraser, Marvin Winans, Jr., Pam Perry and others in a sure-to-be bestseller anthology honoring men. Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor
FOR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND MORE INFO EMAIL: or visit the website for more info:  


Plop down in some AC and get thinking about your next short story to enter in the or start those tweaks to a personal favorite that you've been sitting on. Send us your best in 1,500 words or less and you could win $3,000 and a trip to the 2012 Writer's Digest Conference. For more information go to


We're partnering with Gotham Writers' Workshop to bring you this contest, which offers cash prizes of $1,000, $300 and $200 for the top three finishers. In addition, the winner's short story will be published in The Writer, and the top three finishers will receive a year's subscription to The Writer and publication at Gotham Writers' Workshop will also provide prizes. Limit 2,000 words, English only and must be 18 years old and up.

We know it takes time to get your book back from a publisher. We have had many writers tell us so. So, now you have time. Get on the phone now and tell your self-publisher that the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards has been extended.

We will be accepting entries through June 15, 2012.

If you want recognition, validation of your work, and possible work as a full-time author, take the third step and enter the Self-Published Book Awards.

The hardest steps, writing and publishing, are behind you. Seize this moment.

We are looking forward to reading the world you have created. Let us enjoy it.

Deadline: June 15, 2012


Self Published Awards

  • The only competition exclusively for self-published books and self-publishing writers
  • Winning entries will be published in Writer's Digest
  • Cash prizes, including $3,000 for the Grand Prize winner
  • 10 categories of competition
  • Deadline: April 20, 2012
  • Now Accepting Entries!
  • For more information go to


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers

101 Motivational Stories for Writers, Budding or Bestselling,

from Books to Blogs


William Wordsworth once instructed writers to "fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." Sounds simple, doesn't it? But putting the feelings in our hearts onto paper in a way that will truly inspire others is not as easy as it sounds. So, how do you persevere when the words won't come, the story fails to unfold, or the rejection letters pour in? As Nathaniel Hawthorne reminds us: "Easy reading is damn hard writing."


Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, books or magazine articles, paranormal or romance, the process is equally challenging. For this reason, it's important to learn from others who have hung in there and successfully made the transition from dreaming about writing to being a writer.


For Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers, we want to hear about your setbacks, mentors, breakthroughs, and successes. How did you overcome writer's block? Who kept you on the right path when you were ready to give up? When did you realize that the story in your heart was ready to be shared with the world? We are NOT looking for promotional pieces. We want to know about your journey to publication, including self-publishing and blogging. This is your opportunity to help other writers -- published and unpublished -- draw inspiration and learn from your experiences.


If your story is chosen, you will be a published author (if you're not already!) and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.


Please remember, we no longer accept "as told to" stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghost write a story for someone else, that person will be credited as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the "Comments" section of the submission form.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angel Encounters or Angels Among Us
(tentative title ideas)

Celestial; otherworldly; heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no Earthly explanation for what we experience and a higher power is clearly at work. People see angels in various forms: heavenly, human, animal, and others.

If you have had a personal experience with an angel, please submit your story. We are looking for stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. How did your angel protect you or someone you know? How did your angel help you or someone you know? How did your angel manifest himself or herself?

This book is for everyone who has a story, whether religious or non-religious. Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an "angel."

Here are some possible story topics, but we know you can think of more:

  • Angel visitations
  • Divine protection and guardian angels
  • Miraculous recoveries
  • Messages from an angel
  • Prayers answered by an angel
  • Receiving support from angels or spirits
  • Angel intervention
  • Receiving guidance or lessons from angels
  • Interactions with angels
  • Receiving news or warnings from angels

Please remember, we do not like "as told to" stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list their name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the "Comments" section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012.


New Chicken Soup for the Soul Book:
For Parents of Children with Autism or Asperger's

If you are the parent of a child, from newborn to college age, with autism or Asperger's, we invite you to share your story about raising your child - the ups and downs, the effect on your family and marriage, your child's special attributes and talents, and the lighter moments too. These stories will provide advice, comfort and insight to other parents in the same situation.

Please send us only non-fiction stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. These must be your personal stories - things that happened to you or someone you were close to. You may use a "pen name" on your story. Your story should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

  • How you first recognized the symptoms
  • Meeting the challenges of everyday life
  • Academic struggles or brilliance
  • Good and bad experiences with school administrations
  • Appreciating your child for exactly who he/she is
  • Helping your child build a social life
  • Successful treatments - what has worked for you
  • Helping siblings and family members cope
  • The effect on your marriage and personal relationships
  • The importance of taking time for yourself
  • The importance of a support system
  • The lighter side
  • The positive side - benefits of autism or Asperger's

Please remember, we do not like "as told to" stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list his or her name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the "Comments" section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

DEADLINE IS September 30th.
We plan to publish the book on April 2, 2013, for Autism Awareness Month.


Writer's Digest Competitions



Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.


Put your short stories to work for you. With a little extra promotion, your work could get the attention you need to entice editors and get published.

You'll get that exposure when you enter your short stories in the 81st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!

One grand prize winner will be featured in the December 2012 issue of Writer's Digest, along with the names of the winners in each of ten categories.

This is a great way to gain access to agents, editors, and additional readers - and get a little recognition for all your hard work.


Entry Fee

·         Entries: $25 for the first manuscript; $15 for each additional entry submitted during the same transaction.

·         Poems: $15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poem submitted submitted during the same transaction.



·         individual attention from 4 editors or agents

·         a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City

·         $3,000 cash

First Place: $1,000 cash and $100 off WD Shop purchase

Second Place: $500 cash and $100 off WD Shop purchase

Third Place: $250 cash and $100 off WD Shop purchase

Fourth Place: $100 cash and $50 off WD Shop purchase

Fifth Place: $50 cash and $50 off WD Shop purchase

Sixth through Tenth Place: $25 cash

All Winners also receive a 1-year Writer's Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer's Digest Magazine, 1 year access to, discounts on Writer's Digest University workshops and purchases at and more.

Early Bird Deadline: May 1, 2012


Here is a resource from one of the accessible book contests I recommend:

There is a trend among many book contests to provide value – added learning and networking opportunities for their honorees like this one from Next Generation Indie Book Awards. They say, "We wanted to let you know that we have created a Facebook page to give everyone an opportunity to connect with the other award winning authors, publishers, and some of the judges involved with the awards program. We will be posting some photos and comments from time to time on our Facebook page and encourage you to visit the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Facebook page at and click that you 'like' our new Web page so that you can become part of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards community. Also, if you have any comments you'd like to share about your experience with the awards program, we'd greatly appreciate you posting your comments at this Facebook page and we thank you in advance!" If you need more information contact Caroline Howard-Johnson at the above facebook address.






Prose Grand Prize: $2,000 and book contract

Poetry Grand Prize: $1,000 and book contract

The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The postmark deadline for entry forms is Monday, October 1, 2012. Ten Finalists will be announced on January 21, 2013. A Finalists' Reading & Awards Ceremony will be held in the spring of 2013 in Chicago (location TBA). The Grand Prize winners' books will be published by Willow Books in Spring 2013, along with an ebook anthology of selections by Finalists.


A. Prose and Poetry categories will have panels of three judges each, chosen by the Aquarius Press/Willow Books editorial staff,

for a total of six judges.

B. Aquarius Press/Willow Books will announce a Finalist short-list of 10 writers on January 21, 2013.

C. One Grand Prize Winner in Prose will receive $2,000 and a standard book publishing contract. One Grand Prize Winner in Poetry will receive $1,000 and a standard book publishing contract.

D. The remaining eight short-listed Finalists will have selections from their entries published in an ebook anthology.

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