Push to Publish, October 8, 9-5: Registration is open for Push to Publish, Robin Black's Master Class, and Sheree Bykofsky's "Spend the Day with an Agent." Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online. Click here for program details and registration.
Point of View Bootcamp with Robin Black: Critically acclaimed author Robin Black teaches a ""Point of View Bootcamp"--a class that will tease out the complexities of Point of View and work toward developing the kind of understanding that makes Point of View choices rational as opposed to scattershot. Part lecture, part discussion, part writing exercises, we'll also have fun! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Spend the Day with an Agent: Join Sheree Bykofsky, the bestselling co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, for the workshop, Spend A Day with A Literary Agent. Friday, October 7, 11-4 (includes lunch). CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Poetry Contest is Open! Philadelphia Stories hosts the annual “Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize” to celebrate poets of all backgrounds, experience, and styles. This year's judge is Lamont B. Steptoe--poet, publisher, photographer and Vietnam veteran. Deadline: November 15, 2016. Click here for details.
Women Who Rock: New Titles from PS Books
50 Over 50 is a superb collection of poetry, essays, and fiction by women over age 50. This anthology features work by notable authors like Robin Black, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Todd, Vickie A. Carr, and Rachel Pastan. While many of the writers included are emerging authors, all of the work has something funny, thoughtful, and compelling to say about sex, family, loss, and love. The books will be on sale at PS Books and Philadelphia Stories events and online at Amazon and IndieBound. Click here for more details.
Kathryn Ionata releases her debut poetry chapbook, Yield Signs Don’t Exist. Ionata has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and was a finalist for the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize, the Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition, and the Main Street Voices Prize. Free event.
Come As You Are by Christine Weiser is a novel about balancing work, family, and a chick rock trio. Ten years earlier, these thirty-something women were best friends who played in the late ‘90s Philadelphia girl group, Broad Street. Time and circumstances drove them apart, but when they get an invitation to play an esteemed national tour, they put aside their differences to reform their old band. Click here to order a copy.
Read PS Books' new serial mystery novel! PS Books' Naked Came the Cheesesteak is a 13-chapter serial novel written by Philadelphia area writers Diane Ayres, Randall Brown, Mary Anna Evans, Gregory Frost, Shaun Haurin, Victoria Janssen, Merry Jones, Tony Knighton, Don Lafferty, Warren Longmire, Kelly McQuain, Nathaniel Popkin and Kelly Simmons. Each chapter of this murder-mystery novel is written by a different author. Click here to read all 13 chapters of Naked Came the Cheesesteak.
FICTION CONTEST CLOSED: The deadline for the 2016 Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction has closed. This annual national short fiction contest features a first place $2,000 cash award and invitation to an awards dinner on the campus of Rosemont College; a second place cash prize of $500; and third place cash prize of $250. Click here for details. Good luck to those who submitted! Winners will be announced by October 15, 2016.
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September 2016, Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Stories, a non-profit literary magazine, has chosen local author Kate Blakinger as the winner for its eigh