“Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories.” Daniel Keys Moran


If you’re a woman and you’re writing a memoir, check out the Cheryl Strayed/VIDA Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat Scholarship. The scholarship will provide the full registration fee for the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, March 15-17, 2013 to one female writer of literary promise and demonstrated financial need. If you’re interested, you’ll need to submit an application, along with 10 pages of your writing, by February 14, 2013. Find all the details here.


Once again, St. Martin’s Press is joining with Wordharvest and the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference to sponsor the Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery novel. Any author, published or unpublished, who has never had a mystery novel published, may enter the contest. Submit your manuscript of at least 60,000 words, in which a murder or other serious crime takes place. The emphasis of the story should be on solving the crime, and the story must be set in Arizona, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma or Utah. The winner will be awarded a publishing contract with St. Martin’s Press and a $10,000 advance against royalties. The deadline for entries is June 1, 2013. Find all the details here.


February 28 is the deadline to enter the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. First prize is $1,500. The contest is open to any writer whose work has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation of over 4,000. Submit your story, 1,500 to 12,000 words. $15 reading fee. Find the details here.


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