Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The California Writers Club

Call for Entries! 
Fault Zone: Words from the Edge, an anthology of short stories, will be published this fall by the SF/Peninsula Branch of California Writers. Non-members of our branch are encouraged to submit their short stories in our writing contest. Your piece should relate to the anthology’s theme in some way. Interpret as you wish and have fun. We can’t wait to see it! 
First Prize is $300 and publication in our Fault Zone anthology. Second Prize is $100. Third Prize is $50. Contest deadline is Sept 30, 2011. Reading fee is $15. 
Previously published work will be considered. Novel excerpts must stand on their own. 
Submission Guidelines:  
Hard Copy Mailed In Submissions: 
Submit 2 copies of your short story or stand-alone novel excerpt. Title and author should be on each page, as well as page number. Include word count on first page. 
Please submit work typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. Times Roman, with standard margins.  
Word limit: 2,500 max. (more or less, within reason). Shorter entries are encouraged!  
Mail to: SF/Pen CWC, P.O. Box 853, Belmont, CA 94002 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Criminal-E: Les Edgerton interview: Just Like That

Criminal-E: Les Edgerton interview: Just Like That: "Just Like That by Les Edgerton £3.50/$4.99 Amazon UK , Amazon US Les Edgerton is an ex-con who was a writer even when he was robbing folk..."

My comments: Ok that was a mind-blast. I’ve already done the get out and do so I “plop” my “ass into a chair and write” about all kinds of things.
You do “write great frickin’ dialog” and tell what you mean and mean what you say.
I also like dark but not a fan of crime novels, “like kittens or some such crap” protagonists. I will read Killshot by Elmore Leonard and Harry Crews’ A Feast of Snakes and Camus’ The Stranger because you consider them “perfect books” if I can’t get past the first 10 pages I stop reading a book.
I write poetry and some say that my writing is to “poesy” I think it all depends on what I’m wiring.
I LOL, because I belong to a “writer’s clubs” that you think “a vast number of these folks shouldn’t be published... ever. They’re not writers for the most part; they’re typists.”
I love your “This is an art form in which practitioners should either be geniuses” That folks who “take some classes, read some craft books, maybe get an MFA (now, that’s a huge crock, and I have one and would have spent the money and time more wisely on a hooker)”
That “many writers who actually are good turn to self-publishing lately.” I think is because publishing houses and agents want only done deals. Your mentioned “new kids on the block like Bare Knuckles Press, Snubnose Press, StoneGate Publishing” gives me hope.