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CANCELLED 2020 Annual Short Story Contest has been cancelled. keep writing and massaging what you had planned to submit for next year.
2020 Annual Short Story Contest
1st place: $300
2nd place: $200
3rd place: $100
The short stories are judged on plot, setting, character development, use of dialogue, and mechanics.
Enter submissions starting March 15, 2020
Contest is open to current PSWG Members only
Not a member? Become a member!
Membership fee must be received prior to contest submission.
Judge Sharon Bala
Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and has been short listed for several other prizes. Translations are on the shelves or forthcoming in French, Turkish, and Arabic. Her short fiction has been published widely and won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Visit her at: sharonbala.com
Entry Fee: $25.00 per story
All members must login to enable registration and complete the online contest entry form.
Contest Entry: $25.00
Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment. Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MS Word Document (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.
Please note: failure to comply with the rules will result in a disqualification. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.
At contest conclusion, submissions will be deleted. Critique of your work is not provided for this contest.
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Contest Prize List for Annual Short Story Contest:
APRIL MONTHLY WRITING CONTEST
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This writing lab has been postponed to a future date TBD. We will not have a writing lab on April 10, 2020.
Presenter: Allen Plone
Unraveling the mystery of the poem. Emphasis on the craft or writing poetry, including poetic diction, metaphor, simile, meter and rhythm. The different poetic forms are shown and discussed; lyric, prose, sonnet and ekphrastic are emphasized. Modern poetry, including rap and slam are explored. The class delves into the intention behind a poem and the why of a poem, not what a poem means. For prose writers, the class investigates how poetic diction and metaphor can spark your writing, making it come alive in a heart-to-heart connection with your reader. Attendees are encouraged to bring in three to five of their poems for analysis. Each attendee will be given a 50 page manual to help them with their poetic intentions, regardless of what they may be.
Location:The Galen at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is located at 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260. The museum is located next to Cuistot Restaurant, and faces Hwy 111.
Driving Entrance to the Museum: click map for directionsIf driving Hwy 111 from Palm Springs toward Palm Desert, there is an entrance to the museum off of 111, just before El Paseo. There's also an entrance off El Paseo. Lots of FREE parking.
Classroom: Enter through the main front door. There are adequate outlets for people who need to charge their phones or iPads.
To received a full refund minus a $25 cancellation processing fee, attendees must cancel their registration 5 days before the event. No refunds will be given after that time.
Architecting a Writing Career to Love
This writing lab has been postponed to a future date TBD. We will not have a writing lab on April 17, 2020.
Presenter: Steven Randel
Steven Corley Randel grew up in West Texas surrounded by one of the largest petroleum-producing regions in the world. His fascination with residential architecture stemmed from the beautiful houses wealthy Texans built with their oil money. Educated at Texas A&M, Steve studied architecture in Italy as well as intern work in Dallas and Washington DC. The Texas oil bust of the 1980s steered him toward California, where he happily pursued his passion for residential design, writing, and speaking. He has contributed dozens of articles to HOUZZ.com and seeks publishing books on successful creative careers and architecture.
Description: Presenting a structure revolving around what supports your passion, California residential architect Steve Randel takes you on a journey to expose your core genius. What you write and how you communicate must come from what intrigues you the most to reveal your unique talent and engage readers as only you can. For Steve, a passion for home design led to an adventurous, though challenging, career path through decades of unexpected pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Steve describes the obstacles and exposes his mistakes and lessons learned. His numerous articles for HOUZZ, an online shelter magazine, exemplify the pursuit of keen interest as they illustrate how to convey what you love about your life to readers.
This course helps writers construct their articles and books around their passion, which in turn allows their audience to experience their enthusiasm. By relating these concepts to building a house, the course gives you a tangible comparison. For example, passion is the foundation on which you build all else, but the foundation alone does not complete the house. You must build more atop the foundation to achieve a habitable building. There are three more pillars to consider.
Steve poses a set of four pillars that serve as a framework for producing good work. These guardrails keep you focused, aware, and conscious of your ability to deliver the best writing possible while remaining happy in your career. You will:
1:00 pmParticipants will briefly tell us about themselves
1:15 pmSteve introduces the course and delivers his story
1:20 pmSteve explains the four pillars in the context of supportive research.
Then we'll proceed to examine each pillar with time for personal work.
1:40 pmThe first pillar, plus an exercise
2:00 pmThe second pillar, plus an exercise
2:20 pm20-minute Break
2:40 pmThe third pillar, plus an exercise
3:00 pmThe fourth pillar, plus an exercise
3:20 pmFinally, we will share each of our experiences and how we plan to pursue passionate, happy careers in writing surrounding topics that we love.
The course concludes by 4:00 pm.
This writing lab has been postponed to a future date TBD. We will not have a writing lab on APRIL 24, 2020.
A variety of poets and poems will be presented at a unique reading that includes, rap poets, slam poets, traditional poets and poems presented with musical accompaniment as well as traditional poetry reading. Question and answer sessions with each poet will help illuminate the intent of the poet and the poem. The day will include food and drink, to help make the experience fully satisfying.
Presenter: Diana von Welanetz Wentworth
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is a New York Times bestselling author of 10 award-winning books (including two of the Chicken Soup for the Soul titles). Her entrepreneurial careers include being a television celebrity chef and the Founder of Inside Edge Foundation for Education. www.InsideEdge.org
In 1985, at the height of the Cold War, Diana and her late husband Paul von Welanetz were culinary stars and television hosts who were invited to travel into the Soviet Union to be part of a documentary. They were so deeply touched by their fellow travelers, all leaders in human potential, that on their return, they left their culinary career and reinvented their business focus. Thus, began the Inside Edge, a Southern California weekly breakfast forum in three cities where forward-thinking leaders have gathered for 34 years to hear more than 1500 cutting-edge speakers on the topics of psychology, scientific breakthroughs, global issues, success strategies, spiritual awareness and the arts.
At some of those meetings Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen conferred on their concept for the first Chicken Soup for the Soul. Diana soon became their first co-author with the third book in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook (almost a million copies sold). She later re-partnered to write Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body and Soulwith Canfield, Hansen and Dan Millman.
The film rights to Diana’s romantic memoir, Send Me Someone: A True Story of Love Here and Hereafter (Renaissance Books and St. Martins Press 2001), the poignant story of how her late husband promised to send her a new love, was purchased by the Lifetime Network for development into a movie of the week.
Diana has been speaking internationally for over 40 years and often speaks at writer’s conferences on The Art and Magic of Memoir and Writing and Publishing Your Book in 120 Days.
Diana loves helping clients discover the joy in writing, editing and publishing their personal stories. She will present a storytelling/journal-writing workshop titled Storytelling: The Art and The Magic on May 3rd.
Currently writing on Life, Laughter and Legacy
Founder of The Inside Edge Foundation for Education www.InsideEdge.org
Topic: Cooking Up a Best SellerDiana von Welanetz Wentworth will recount the steps in the journey leading to her success as a writer of New York Times bestsellers, discovering and living the joy of writing.
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Sunday, May 3, 2020
The Art and the Magic
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth
NY Times best selling author
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Galen at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is located at 72-567 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260. The museum is located next to Cuistot Restaurant, and faces Hwy 111.
Workshop Description:Chicken Soup for the Soul (500 million books sold worldwide) sparked massive interest in inspirational personal essays and storytelling. Diana Wentworth, our workshop presenter, was in at the very beginning of this publishing phenomenon. As the author of The Pleasure of Your Company, “Cookbook of the Year” as well as five other culinary and home entertaining books, she became the first co-author with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen with the publication of the third title in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook. Given only three months to complete the manuscript of 101 stories with recipes, she used all of her years of passion for journal-writing techniques to quickly become an expert in creating inspiring life stories that are full of emotion. “Our stories are our legacy for future generations.”
Diana has showcased the life-enhancing work of over 1500 hundred speakers at the Inside Edge (www.InsideEdge.org), a breakfast forum that has been meeting for over 34 years. She will share wonderful assortment of writing tools, resources and storytelling techniques.
Workshop Schedule:9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
About the workshop facilitator:Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is a New York Times bestselling author of 10 award-winning books (including two of the Chicken Soup for the Soul titles). Her entrepreneurial careers include being a television celebrity chef and the Founder of Inside Edge Foundation for Education. www.InsideEdge.org
At some of those meetings Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen conferred on their concept for the first Chicken Soup for the Soul. Diana soon became their first co-author with the third book in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook (almost a million copies sold). She later re-partnered to write Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body and Soul with Canfield, Hansen and Dan Millman.
Diana von Welanetz Wentworthwww.DianaWentworth.com
New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including two Chicken Soup for the Soul titles
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Writing A Series
Presenter: Ariella Moon, Author, YA
Description: Writing a series is a proven way to build an author fan base and boost book sales. In this workshop with multi-published author and writing contest judge Ariella Moon, writers will learn the importance of mapping a series arc, character arcs vs. series arcs, how to honor reader expectations, and how to compel readers from one book to the next. Attendees will receive professional advice regarding their specific series ideas.
The Art and Science of
Writing Winning Short Stories
Presenter: Ariella Moon, Author, YA
Short stories and novels have a lot in common. Both require structure, but the structure differs in an important way. Both call for emotional impact to pull readers in but short stories are hampered in the way this can be done. In this interactive workshop, attendees will first study examples of winning short stories to see how they: create an emotional impact, and how the author structures story and character arc’s for maximum effect. Participants will then be given templates to structure their own work, learn how to use prompts to “juice” the creative process, understand how to create the “defining moment” when everything changes (for the character) and the reader is compelled to read to the end. We will also cover: where to get your short stories published, how to format short stories for submission and how to write a dynamic “sizzling sentence” to describe your story that will capture the reader or editors interest.
Driving Entrance to the Museum: click map for directions
If driving Hwy 111 from Palm Springs toward Palm Desert, there is an entrance to the museum off of 111, just before El Paseo. There's also an entrance off El Paseo. Lots of FREE parking.
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June 7, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Insider Workshop Description:TBD
Insider Workshop Schedule:1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
About the Insider workshop facilitators:TBD
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