Thursday, June 29, 2006

Kenneth Reed Book Signing

Author Kenneth Reed is scheduled for a book signing at Barnes and Noble, Morgantown, WV, Saturday, July 15, 2006, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

He'll be signing copies of his debut novel, Divine Purpose for Sherri (ISBN 1-4137-9469-6).

Lewisburg Writers Group -- Writing from the Stars

(Thanks to Kate Dooley and Yarrow Press for the following information.)

Yes you can.

If you thought you couldn't, think again. You can write. You can make the words sing. You can paint the portrait of your life in words.

Author Kate Dooley has honed ways of getting to that story playing just below the surface of your life. Dedicated to making the way of words accessible to all who seek it, she shares writing skills designed to help you find your own way to your unique story.

If you ever thought you might have a story to tell, now is the time to take the chance. Discover that you are one of those known as: The Storied Ones.

Explore medicine poems, writing from the stars, and creating random-word poetry. Whether you've written forever and need something fresh, or you're just beginning, come give yourself a chance to experience what might be a life-changing moment...

Word came from word, seeking the word.
The Lewisburg Writers Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Wild Bean Cafe on East Washington Street. Next 1st Thurs meeting is on July 6, 2006. The group will also meet the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Birdhouse Cafe, West Washington Street. Next 3rd Thurs meeting is on July 20.

In affiliation with My Native Expressions and Yarrow Press.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mountain Voices Anthology published

West Virginia is a state rich in history and culture, flavored with people who are proud, tough, and resilient. Mountain Voices is a collection of stories, essays and poems which illuminate the character of the legends, the land, and the people.

The Mountain Voices editorial board consisted of Chris Kuell, Fay Thompson,George Lies, Wilma Acree, Geoff Fuller and Lawrence McKenzie. In all, thirty-eight manuscripts are included, by twenty-four writers. Most of these contributors, like Sandy Tritt, Karin Vingle Fuller, Patsy Pittman and Ed Davis, will be recognized by their numerous publications and awards. Other writers include Ginger Hamilton Caudill, Rhonda Browning White, Suzanne Westhaver, Stan Higley, Joyce Lackey, Laurie Rendon, Neil Nicholas, Becky Conrad, Susan Bedwell, Judy Davis, Max Price, Renita Sue Loyd, Anne Johnson, and Eric Fritzius.

Mountain Voices is a diverse anthology that will appeal to many people interested in the spirit of West Virginia, and is now available from AuthorHouse for $13.98 (cheap!).

All royalties generated from sales will go to West Virginia Writers Inc.

Mountain Voices is available for purchase on the AuthorHouse website:

Or call the Book Order Department at (888) 280-7715. It will also soon be available for sale through thousands of retailers nationwide.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Alyssa Sturgill appearance and signing (Morgantown)

From West Virginia Author, Alyssa Sturgill, courtesy of WVW Second Vice President Elect Terry McNemar's e-mailing list...

I am trying to get the word out about a book signing and reading I will be doing with Michael Arnzen on July 8, 2006 at the Morgantown Barnes & Noble. I am a local (from Morgantown), and the author of Spider Pie, a collection of short, bizarre horror stories. Michael Arnzen is the Stoker Award-winning author of 100 Jolts, Play Dead, and other books. He is currently teaching horror writing at a university(Seton Hill) in PA. Also present will be John Lawson, a
poet, fiction author, musician, and publisher from Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Even if you don't want to buy any books, all are welcome to drop by and visit, listen to the readings, and participate in giveaways. There will also be fresh-baked "spider" pie for those who attend (Okay, so they're not real spiders, but it'll still be good). Anyone who is interested in horror, publishing, or unusual poetry or fiction is sure to get something out of this most unusual event.

The signing will begin at 11:00 a.m. Sat. July 8, 2006 at Barnes and Noble, University Town Center, 3000 University Towne Centre Dr., Morgantown, WV (304 599 1294).

Please pass on this info to anyone you think may be interested.


Alyssa Sturgill

Monday, June 26, 2006

24 Hour Short Story Contest

The Summer 24-Hour Short Story Contest is now open for entrants.

Start time for the Summer 2006 24-Hour Short Story Contest will be at 12:00 p.m. (noon) central time on Saturday, July 22, 2006! Participation is limited to 500 entrants. Contests usually fill up, so don't delay if you want to participate!

You can see the list of prizes (first prize is $300, second is $250 and third is $200 - plus 82 other prizes!) and sign up here:

Friday, June 23, 2006

Writer's Arc Workshop

(Thanks go out to Ohio-based WVWriters Member Eric Otto for this information)

We're doing something different this Fall!

So...we know you've been toiling away creating your's just not a movie. Yet. Great story, interesting characters...yeah, we've heard it all before. That's why this Fall's Fellowship Program
is geared toward workshopping a script you've already written...and isn't for the faint of heart. The Writer's Arc is going to hunt you down where you live, zip line you to Hollywood, provide you the opportunity to eat and breathe your craft while you churn out your screenplay surrounded by some of the most talented people in the
entertainment if you're ready, willing and able, submit that script that needs the sh** kicked out of it.
First round deadline is June 30th, so visit The Writer's Arc website for complete rules and information today:

8332 Melrose Avenue,

Los Angeles, CA 90069

Cynthia Sterling Market News

(Thanks to Fay Thompson for forwarding this on.)

First up, a couple of new epublishers I learned about this week. Keep in mind that by listing markets here, I'm not endorsing them, just sharing information.

Aspen Mountain Press ( is now accepting submissions in a variety of genres, including horror, mystery, paranormal, romance, western, and men's adventure fiction. Word count 10,000 to 90,000 words. Query editor/founder Sandra Hicks at Detailed submission information can be found at the website.

Author Judith B. Glad has launched Uncial Press ( Uncial Press is currently seeking submissions of complete book length-and shorter manuscripts in the following areas: Georgian, Regency, Victorian and western American historical romance; fantasy/paranormal stories; cozy and traditional mysteries; nonfiction how-to books; and humor. For more information on how to submit a manuscript for consideration, visit or contact .

Ellora's Cave's mainstream fiction imprint, Cerridwen Press ( publishes science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror, historical fiction, romance, chick lit, and women’s fiction in e-book format. 50,000 words and up. They will soon launch a new traditional regency line, Cerridwen Cotillion, debuting in late 2006. 50,000 to 75,000 words (actual word count)~ set in Regency period; will consider late Georgian~ “ no sex (if you refer to it, close the bedroom door, please), no heavy sexual tension~ historical accuracy/feel of prime importance. For initial release, they are looking for new stories. They will consider reissues of previously published stories for later in 2007 (author must document that they have regained full rights to book). They are especially interested in new stories by established authors, who can bring an existing fan base with them to Cerridwen.Note that they also accept Historical-set Regencies at Cerridwen, and erotic Regencies at Ellora™s Cave.

Feel free to pass along this newsletter and to encourage others to sign up to receive it. If you reprint or forward the newsletter, all I ask is that I be given credit for it. Anyone can sign up by sending a blank email to

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Granny Sue Appearances (UPDATED)

WVWriters member Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein will be making an appearance at the Greenbrier State Forest, near Hart's Run, WV, Friday June 23, 2006.

She'll tell Appalachian tales and her trademark Granny Sue stories at Shelter #1 at 7 p.m.

A great time for all ages and it's free.

Future Granny Sue performances include:


  • Watoga on Saturday June 24, at 7p

  • Canaan Resort on Tuesday, June 27, at 7p

  • Blackwater Falls on Wednesday, June 28, at 7p

  • Ripley and Ravenswood Libraries on Friday, June 30th, at 10a and 1p respectively
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse

    This year will be the third annual Margaret Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Tom Howard Books. First prize is $1,000. A total of $3,500 in prizes will be awarded (up from $2,000 in 2005). Winning entries will be published. Click here to read about the past winners.

    What to Submit: Poetry in traditional verse forms. Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights.

    What are traditional verse forms? By traditional verse, we mean any form of poetry that has been in circulation for 50 years or more. The poems you submit should follow some kind of formal or informal pattern. This pattern might involve rhyme, meter, length of line, repetition, or some other pattern, strict or loose. Forms that qualify include free verse (as exemplified by such poets as T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Walt Whitman, Stephen Spender), "sprung" verse (Gerard Manley Hopkins), narrative verse (Alfred Noyes), satirical verse (e.e. cummings: "my sweet old etcetera"; Dorothy Parker), nonsense verse (Edward Lear), lyric verse (Tennyson), romantic verse (Wordsworth), religious verse (James Russell Lowell), children's verse (A.A. Milne), comic verse and parodies (W.S. Gilbert, A.P. Herbert), sonnets, haiku, ghazals, ballads, odes, villanelles, sestinas, songs, hymns, etc. For your reference, this Glossary of Poetic Terms describes many forms. You may also enjoy sites for traditional and exotic forms of poetry found on our resource pages.

    Entry Fee
    The reading fee is $6 for every 25 lines you submit. If you submit a sonnet of 14 lines and a haiku of 3 lines, totaling 17 lines, the fee would be $6. If you submit two villanelles of 19 lines each, totaling 38 lines, the fee would be $12. Exclude your poem titles and any blank lines from your line count. There is no limit on the number of lines or number of poems you may submit.

    Deadline June 30, 2006. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date.

    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    Deadline extended for 10th annual WV Writers' Workshop July 20-23, in Morgantown

    Act fast, Deadline Extended to June 23rd

    If you are a WVW writer who did not get enough mentoring at the June 9-11 WV Writers' 29th Annual State Writers Conference, then read this please. WVW Writers members get a 10% discount off registration, for 10th annual WV Writers' Workshop July 20-23, in Morgantown . . .

    Jim Harms, conference director, said there are placements remaining in "prose writing" and the deadline for registration was extended until Friday June 23.

    Details - The WVU Department of English will hold its 10th annual West Virginia Writers' Workshop July 20-23 on the Downtown Campus of West Virginia University.

    Contact: or go to for an application. Open to writers of all ages and experience. Workshops are only $110 for the 3-day program, but you can request a manuscript critique at an additional fee, if you send the work in advance. Contact:

    The event features an award-winning literary faculty which includes novelist Mark Brazaitis from WVU, Allison Joseph, Peter Makuck, Gail Galloway Adams, Karen McElmurray, Jon Tribble, Thom Ward, Mary Ann Samyn, Beth Staley, and David Wojahn. All top notch literary writers! Schedule at

    Attendees can sign up for all workshops, presentations, and other events. The rate is $110 for the conference or $40 per day (Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday).

    Inexpensive lodging is in one of WVU's better dormitory sites, up a hill on the downtown campus, and within a 10-minute walk to downtown restaurants. Participants pay $64.77 (2 to room; double) or $129.51 (single) total for all three (3) nights (taxes included).

    Young Writers - In addition to the regular workshops, a special program will be offered for West Virginia high school students. The high school program will include activities and writing workshops specifically designed for this age group. For more, visit:

    Monday, June 19, 2006

    Youth Wrting Contests

    (Thanks go out to WVWriters member Tovli Simiryan for sending this along.)


    Skipping Stones is an award-winning, international, non-profit magazine, now in the 14th year! We celebrate ecological and cultural diversity, facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas and experiences. Young readers of Skipping Stones, ages 8 to 16, hail from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We try our best to make their reading of Skipping Stones an active experience, relevant to issues confronting them locally and globally. Writings (essays, stories, letters to the editor, riddles and proverbs, etc.) should be typed or neatly handwritten and limited to 750 words and poems to 30 lines.


    We need artwork, short poems or stories for the Kids Korner! Send in your child's artwork or writing to be published in Wee Ones. If you snail mail the work, please provide a SASE. Please include your child's first name, initial of last name, age, city and state. There is no payment for Kid's Korner submissions. Wee Ones' intended audience is 4-10 year olds. We pay five cents/word for articles and stories written by adults. Poems $10. We purchase nonexclusive, worldwide electronic and reprint rights.



    We invite you to write us an informal essay on what thankfulness and gratitude mean to you - what roles have they played in your life? Who are you most grateful to, and why? Do you think it's important to be aware of gratitude, and to make it a priority? Why? And how are you putting gratitude into practice? The Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. In addition, the winning essay will be printed in our magazine. The author will receive three complimentary copies of the magazine, along with a byline crediting the winner by name. The deadline for receipt of all entries is September 1, 2006.



    The theme of this year's International Essay Contest is "Learning to live together: promoting tolerance and diversity in globalized societies." Young people from around the world are invited to submit their creative ideas on this theme. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14); b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)

    Essays must be typed or printed in English, Spanish, German or French. Children's category: 800 words or less. Youth category: 1,000 words or less. Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Deadline June 30, 2006.

  • 1st Prize:
  • Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US $900) ... 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize:
  • Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$450) ... 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize:
  • Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
  • Honorable Mention:
  • Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants

    All entrants will receive a certificate. (Certificates, prizes and gifts will be mailed to the entrants by the end of the year.) 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony and the International Youth Forum to be held in Tokyo, Japan in November 2006. (Travel expenses will be covered by the sponsor.)

    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    North Carolina Lights in the Mountains Conference

    The North Carolina Writers' Network West 2nd Lights in the Mountains Writers' Conference will take place September 30, 2006 at the beautiful Hinton Rural Life Center, Hayesville, North Carolina.

    The following workshop leaders will be in attendence:

    Poetry: Dr. James Smith is associate editor at Southern Poetry Review. An associate professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, he teaches Creative Writing and American Literature.

    Fiction: Valerie Nieman, author of FIDELITIES, (short fiction) and two novels. She received an NEA fellowship and twice won the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Prize.

    Non-fiction: Lynn York, Carrboro resident Lynn York's debut novel, THE PIANO TEACHER, was published in 2004 by Plume. A second novel , THE WINEMAKER, will be released in 2007.

    Self Publishing: Bill Reynolds, has sucessfully self-published five novels since 2000. He is knowledgeable of type setting, signature construction, and cover design.

    Tom Davis, owner of Old Mountain Press and author of six books. Tom assists over 200 authors in self-publishing their books.

    For information: Shirley Uphouse, 828-837-6007 or Glenda Beall 828-389-444l.

    Watch for more details in the NCWN May/June newsletter. If you'd like to be added to our list to receive flyers on our conference, contact Shirley Uphouse at the number or address above.

    Friday, June 16, 2006

    Coal Mine Reference Book Suggestion

    WVW member Phyllis Moore sent in this suggestion for writers in need of reference books for coal mine research.

    Author and poet P. J. Laska provided me with a copy of a 2005 oversize paperback book entitled. Kelly's Creek Chronicles: The Illustrated Diary of James Alexander Jones, A West Virginia Coalminer, 1870-1939. $24.50 (ISBN is 0-9711129-1-6).

    Compiled by William Roosevelt Hudnall and available from Kelley's Creek Publishers, Rt. 1 Box 174A, New Canton, VA 23123, it is a researcher's delight. The language is priceless and so are the details of daily life in a coal camp.

    It records the life in and around Cedar Grove (Mary Lee Settle's home) from a miner's point of view and in the period Settle wrote about in Scapegoat. This miner liked the Tompkins family and did some work for them. He also saw and heard Mother Jones.


    Thursday, June 15, 2006

    New poetry magazine debuts, seeks submissions

    The new poetry magazine ABZ has just published its first issue. It contains poems by writers well known in West Virginia including Jim Harms, Breece Pancake, Art Stringer, Mary Ann Samyn, Mark DeFoe, David Huddle, Gerry LaFemina, Jeff Mann, Ed Zahnhiser, Matt Morris, and Art Stringer.

    Submissions are sought and will be read September 1 to December 1 each year. Copies are $8.00 and can be obtained by writing ABZ Press c/o John McKernan, Editor, Marshall University, Huntington WV 25755.

    In May of 2007 ABZ press will begin a first book poetry contest with a prize for the winner of $1,000.

    WVWriters 2006 Spring Writing Competition Winners List (UPDATED)

    1st Daleen Berry, Monongalia, "Summer 1968: WV Roots"
    2nd Susanna Holstein, Jackson, "Evening News"
    3rd Terry W. McNemar, Harrison, "Will Work…Will Work"
    1st HM Natalie Sypolt, Preston, "Fire Makes It New"
    2nd HM Susanna Holstein Jackson The Way Home
    3rd HM Mary Lucille DeBerry Monongalia Farm Map

    Wilma Acree, Wood, "Country Kitchen"
    Sharon McCormick, Putnam, "The Trek"
    Sharon McCormick, Putnam, "Memories of East Lynn"
    Rhonda B. White, Mercer, "A New Year in WV - Jan. 2, 2006"
    Deborah Sparks, Rocky Gap, VA, "Jennie Earls"

    R. Dixon Bell, Berkeley, "Josh's Lamp"
    Nadine McKinney, Boone, "Pam's Castle"
    Charlotte Whipkey, Monongalia, "Sense Datum"
    Candace Jordan, Monongalia, "Truce"
    Phyllis Wilson Moore, Harrison, "The County Seat"
    Karin Fuller, Putnam, "Roads Not Taken"

    1st Christina Freeburn, Mineral, "Seek and Hide"
    2nd Elaine Breitenbach, Berkeley, "Dream Catcher"
    3rd Susanna Holstein, Jackson, "The Great Toilet Paper Caper"
    1st HM Teresa Newsome, Boone, "The Meanest Teacher"
    2nd HM Teresa Newsome, Boone, "Too Much to Forget"
    3rd HM Annabel Timms, Harrison, "Grandma's Soft Green Cloth"
    Xtra HM Judy Hughan, Wetzel, "The Make Better Story"

    1st Verbie Ann Helyger, Putnam, The Last Offering
    2nd Neil Nicholas Akron, OH County, Clare Clearcoat
    3rd Nicholas Ryan Cartmill, Kanawha The Boss
    1st HM C. J. Farnsworth, Ohio, "The Day She Stopped Dreaming"
    2nd HM Hannah Johnson, Boone, "Lights in the Driveway"
    3rd HM Anita Pennington, Kanawha, "Appalachian Born"
    Xtra HM Lawrence James, Hardy, "South Wheeling 1980"
    Xtra HM C. J. Farnsworth, Ohio, "It Gets Cold Quickly"

    1st Hilary Hansen, Reisterstown, MD, "CHD"
    2nd Suzanne Samples, Cabell, "Sugar Free"
    3rd Suzanne Samples, Cabell, "Bump"
    1st HM Ethan J. Cunningham, Monongalia, "Me Me II"
    2nd HM Carl Schultz, Jefferson, "Gratia"
    3rd HM Renee' Watson, Jackson, "Untitled"

    1st Shannon "Tommy" Thomas, Wood, "The End of Childhood"
    2nd Susan G. DeVan, Hampshire, "Granny Gets Arrested"
    3rd T. W. McNemar, Harrison, "And they call you, "Skunkhead" Because?"
    1st HM Harriet Whipkey, Gilmer, "Hibernating Hamsters"
    2nd HM Harry Lynch, Nicholas, "The Saga of Achy and Shaky"
    3rd HM Lawrence James, Hardy, "Closer to the End than You"
    4th HM Karin Fuller, Putnam, "Clean Sweep"
    Xtra HM Don Narkevic, Lewis, "Romance"

    1st Geoff Fuller, Putnam, "On Balance"
    2nd Fran Simone, Kanawha, "A Thousand Joys & Sorrows"
    3rd B. J. Appelgren, Jefferson, "The Transparent Feather"
    1st HM Krista Holcomb, Putnam, "Silent No More"
    2nd HM Philip U. Effiong, Fairfax, VA, "Biafran Child: Cesspool of Innocence"
    3rd HM Daleen Berry, Monongalia, "Sister of Silence"

    1st Charlotte Whipkey, Monongalia, "Sense Datum"
    2nd Lyn Widmyer, Jefferson, "My Friend Nell"
    3rd Elaine Childs, Putnam, "Remembering Stubby"
    1st HM Cat Pleska, Putnam, "My Kingdom and My Horse"
    2nd HM Phyllis Wilson Moore, Harrison, "Memories of a Bookworm"
    3rd HM Anna Smucker, Harrison, "No Place to Hide"

    1st Bonni McKeown, Kanawha, "Chicago Blues Plantation"
    2nd Corey Madsen, Monongalia, "An Evensong for Father Bob"
    3rd Barbara Whittington, Stoutsville, OH, "Hungry for Chocolate"
    1st HM Theodore Webb, Monongalia, "The Zen River Baptism"
    2nd HM Joe B. Buttram, Greenbrier, "The Cistern"
    3rd HM Barbara Whittington Stoutsville, OH, "Home for a Song"
    4th HM Patricia Woodard, Pocahontas, VA, "The Store"
    Xtra HM Carol Headley (Deceased) & Shirley L. Jones, Monongalia, "Beans and Cornbread for Thanksgiving"

    1st Mark Smith, Mineral, "From Dust, From Urn"
    2nd Anna Smucker, Harrison, "Extracurricular"
    3rd Randy Wilkins, Monongalia, "When I Was a Child"
    1st HM Susanna Holstein, Jackson, "Solo Performance"
    2nd HM Mary Lucille DeBerry, Monongalia, "May You"
    3rd HM Lauren Joan Rogers, Ohio, "An Hour-by-Hour Account of Men, Dying"
    Xtra HM Lori Wilson, Monongalia, "Concerning this Dread Which I Cannot Name"

    1st J. C. Bolt, Mercer, "Sanskrit"
    2nd Wilma Acree, Wood, "Unmarked Civil War Battlefield"
    3rd Lisa M. Sheldon, Calhoun, "Post-Funeral Feasting"
    1st HM Ed Zahniser, Jefferson, "Somewhat Short of a Reasonable Moon Shot"
    2nd HM Joseph W. Caldwell, Kanawha, "Otterbien Cemetery, Jackson Co."
    3rd HM Beverly Bisbee, Kanawha, "White River Junction"

    1st Ben E. Campbell, Raleigh, "Tangle in the Fence Post"
    2nd Don Narkevic, Lewis, "The Ohio River"
    3rd Jeanne Wilson, Calhoun, "A Measure of Truth"
    1st HM Jim Koenig, Jefferson, "Love 1968"
    2nd HM R. Gene Turchin, Marion, "Up the Hollow"
    3rd HM Betsy Pascucci, Hampshire, "Lucky"

    1st William Haas, Monongalia, "American Steel"
    2nd Tovli Simiryan, Kanawha, "Sarah"
    3rd Jeanne Wilson, Calhoun, "Psychological Help"
    1st HM Tovli Simiryan, Kanawha, "Escaping the Cocoon"
    2nd HM Jim Koenig, Jefferson, "Where I'll Be Tonight"
    3rd HM Betsy Pascucci, Hampshire, "Lucky"

    1st Rachel Maynard, Mason, "Words of Ice"
    2nd Melissa Waugh, Kanawha, "Key to Your Heart"
    3rd Patricia Weekley, Taylor, "Randal McCloy"
    1st HM Megan Russell, Nicholas, "My Little Sticker on the Wall"
    2nd HM Jared Wilson, Monongalia, "West Virginia Night"
    3rd HM Lindsey Maxon, Arlington, TX, "Pushing Back the Rain"
    Xtra HM Matt Newlon, Wood, "West Virginia"

    1st Kaci Evans, Pendleton, "Remembrance's Lake"
    2nd Lindsey Maxon, Arlington, TX, "HauntFest"
    3rd Lindsey Maxon, Arlington, TX, "In the Arms of the Sea"
    1st HM Lindsey Maxon, Arlington, TX, "Purpose"
    2nd HM Lindsey Maxon, Arlington, TX, "Miss Minerva Clark"
    3rd HM Kara Lynn Piechowski, Braxton, "Earl Harvey"
    1st Grace Kesler, Kanawha, "Spork the Wooly Pig"
    2nd Molly Williams, Marion, "The Sun, The Moon & The Fox"
    3rd Celeste Vingle & Jordan Holmes, Putnam, "The Cat Lady's Revenge on the Purple Bean Man"
    1st HM Kayla Long, Wyoming, "Time Machine"
    2nd HM Brock Martin, Kanawha, "The Leprechaun Room"
    3rd HM Alaine Lambertson, Monongalia, "Colonial Doctors, Health and Medicine"
    Xtra HM Rachel Minney, Kanawha, "I'm Sick Today"

    1st Cayla Jakubowski, Montgomery, MD, "Joining Hands"
    2nd David Byler, Wood, "Spectre Street Library"
    3rd Morgan E. Southall, Kanawha, "An Alaskan Mystery"
    1st HM Bayan Misaghi, Kanawha, "Detective Dan"
    2nd HM Sarah Williams, Kanawha, "Stepping Stones"
    3rd HM Maher Shammaa, Kanawha, "Missing Maine"
    Xtra HM Trevor Bryant, Mercer, "Grandfather's Legacy"
    Xtra HM Sarah Teter, Pendleton, "Essay Implosion"
    Poetry - Friday
    1st - Kayla Ward, "Believe in a Thing Called . . ."
    2nd - Ethan Fischer, "Ode to Pee"
    3rd - Cheryl Denise, "God and Farmers"

    Prose - Friday
    1st - George Lies, "Once Upon a Time Trapped by a Flood in Mexico"
    2nd - Teresa Newsome, "The Meanest Teacher"
    3rd - Lynne Sturtevant, "The Headache"

    Poetry - Saturday

    1st - Cheryl Denise, "In Sago"
    2nd - Kathy Kish, "Full Circle"
    3rd - Rhonda White, "A New Year in West Virginia January 2, 2006"

    Prose - Saturday
    1st - Joshua Mattern, "Polaris"
    2nd - Jerri Bell, "Conversion of Granny McKee"
    3rd - Debbie Sparks, "Never Too Old"

    Youth - Saturday
    1st - Morgan Southall, "Storm of Embers"
    2nd - Grace Kesler, "My Problem's Writing"

    1st - Sharon Gardner, "Mirrors"
    2nd - Deborah Sparks, "Gabriel"
    3rd - Susannah Holstein, "Apology"

    1st - Sally Brinkman, "Between River and Mountain"
    2nd - Betsy Pascucci, "Harmonica"
    3rd - Lynne Sturtevant, "Trash Day"

    1st - Erika Luzader, "The Candy Doll"
    2nd - Morgan Southall, "Prologue"
    3rd - Grace Kesler, "Dreams"

    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    West Virginia Encyclopedia Unveiling

    From Gail Marsh at the Clarksburg - Harrison Public Library.

    Press Outing at Waldomore:On Friday, June 23 at Waldomore, next to the Clarksburg - Harrison Public Library, the WV Humanities Council Director Ken Sullivan and other noted distinguished guests will join in the unveiling of the new West Virginia Encyclopedia.

    Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will follow this short ceremony with the possibility of readings afterward - depending on time and interest.

    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    Author signing in Morgantown, July 8

    Bram Stoker Award-winning author Michael A. Arnzen (Play Dead, 100 Jolts) will be making a visit to Morgantown on Saturday July 8 at the Barnes and Noble in the University Town Center. He'll be signing books starting at 11 am.

    Joining Mike will be Allysa Sturgill, a West Virginia native and author of the story collection Spider Pie.

    For more info on the authors visit Mike's website (, Allysa's site (, or the website of their publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press (

    Sunday, June 04, 2006

    Palek Signing in Bridgeport

    Author Henry L. Palek is continuing his roadshow with his next stop at Borders in the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport, WV, on Saturday, June 10 . He will be reading and signing his book "Return to Io", from 1 - 4:00. At his outing at Barnes and Noble in Morgantown, the event was a sell-out. Stop by and check out this strange paranormal romance.