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Critique Mania:


2011 Critique Mania

Fund Raising Event for Soundings Review

What: Critique Mania: Professional Agents, Authors, and Editors will write a critique of your writing!

When: Submission between August 1 and August 31, 2011; authors have until October 1, 2011 to respond and return manuscripts.

Where: By mail or online! No gas to buy, no planes or ferries to catch, no clock to watch!

How to submit: By Mail Submitters will mail one poem or one prose manuscript that is postmarked August 1 - 31. We have authors for all genres. Length varies – most accept work of up to two pages of poetry or up to 1,000 words of prose, but some will take longer work. Check out our authors’ bios for length restrictions and genre preferences.

Online – Visit http://soundingsreview.submishmash.com/submit and follow the directions for submitting and paying online – this will be through PayPal or credit card; this is only for work that is up to 2 pages of poetry or up to 1,000 words of prose. If you want to submit a longer piece online, you may do so; however, you’ll need to send us a separate check to cover the longer work. We will hold the work until we receive your check in the mail.

Request an author: As work arrives, it will be disbursed in the order received; you can request your first three choices off the list of authors; if that person has already received all the manuscripts they’ve agreed to review, your work will be sent to the next author on your list. If all your authors have maxed out, your work will go to another author (alphabetical) who works in your genre. First come, first serve.

How much: Twenty-five bucks! That’s $25.00 for the base length (2 pages poetry or 1,000 words of prose) when you submit by mail. If you submit online, the base fee is $30.00 (but no envelopes, paper, or postage are required). What a deal! For each additional page of poetry or each additional 500 words of prose, add $5. Note: online submission has a set $30 rate, so if you want to do longer work online, you have to mail a check for the difference.

How to figure cost: a 4-page poem submitted by mail would cost $35.00 ($25.00 base rate plus $10.00 for extra two pages); the fee online would be $30.00 base rate plus $10.00 for extra two pages, for a total of $40.00. Fiction of 2,000 words submitted by mail would cost $35.00 ($25.00 base rate plus $10.00 for additional 1,000 words) and online would be $40.00 ($30.00 base rate plus $10.00).  Each submission is one fee; if you want to submit more manuscripts, submit them individually.

For mailed submissions, enclose two stamped envelopes, one for forwarding the material to an agent/author/editor and one for returning the material to you (so one envelope should have your address on it, and one should be blank). If you submit the material online, your response will be through e-mail, so be sure to include your e-mail address.

Professional critiques normally range from $30.00 – $75.00, and most of these people aren’t usually available for this work.

Should you wish to include an additional donation toward Soundings Review, we’ll be ecstatic!

Why? Because receiving this sort of feedback is a terrific benefit to you AND because ALL the proceeds go to support our magazine, Soundings Review. Everybody wins!

Who Are The Agents/Authors/Editors? The list follows the “Guidelines”


Guidelines for Submissions to Critique Mania

1. Between August 1 and August 31, for each submission (yes, you can send more than one but in different envelopes, please) include one poem or one prose manuscript in double-spaced, 12-point font.

2. For mail submissions, include two stamped envelopes: one will be a return envelope to you with your address on it; the other will be used to forward your material to an agent/author/editor for a critique; do not address this one.

For online submissions: go to http://soundingsreview.submishmash.com/submit and follow the directions for Critique Mania submissions. If you have longer work, send a check for the additional amount to Soundings Review – we’ll hold your work until your check arrives.

3. Items to include by mail:

a. Your manuscript (as stated above).

b. A cover letter with your name, address, e-mail and phone number.

c. A check for $25.00  for a poem of up to two pages or prose up to 1,000 words (For each additional page of poetry or each additional 500 words of prose, add $5.) Checks should be made out to Soundings Review (you can also subscribe or donate at this time).

d. Your first, second and third choice author/editor preference (if all of these are “full,” your material will be sent to the next author on the list by genre). See our list of authors and their bios on the NILA Web site


4. Items to include online:

   a. Your manuscript; the first page should include your names, address, and

            e-mail as well as your choices of agent, author, or editor.

   b. Your payment of $30.00 via Submishmash – this will be through PayPal or

             credit card

   c.  If your manuscript is longer than 2 pages of poetry or 1,000 words of prose,

            mail the check for the above items to Soundings Review.


5. The contact for Soundings Review

            Soundings Review

Critique Mania

PO Box 639

Freeland, WA 98249


6. Submit as many manuscripts as you like, but please mail separately with separate stamped envelopes included and separate $25.00 checks (or more for longer work) for each. In other words, each submission should be separate (they might go to different authors). On Submishmash, submit each entry separately.

7. To repeat: material will be disbursed to authors based on genre and alphabetical order EXCEPT for first three choices, as possible (see number 3 above).

8. Participants agree to not contact the authors/editors about the critiques unless invited to do so. If you have concerns or questions about critiques, contact Marian Blue through Soundings@whidbey.com

9. If no authors are available in your genre, your submission and check(s) will be returned to you.





Kelli Russell Agodon is author of Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (White Pine Press, 2010), Winner of the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Prize in Poetry.  She is also the author of Small Knots (2004) and Geography, winner of the 2003 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. She is the co-editor of the literary journal, Crab Creek Review and the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press. Her work has been on the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and in his second anthology, Good Poems for Hard Times. Visit her website www.agodon.com or on connect with her on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/agodon— Poetry

Malaika King Albrecht’s chapbook Lessons in Forgetting was recently published by Main Street Rag http://www.mainstreetrag.com/MAlbrecht.html. Her poems have been published in many literary magazines and anthologies and have recently won awards at Salem College and Press 53. She’s the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online magazine that only accepts poems that have been rejected elsewhere http://redheadedmag.com/poetry/. She lives in Pinehurst, N.C. with her family and is a therapeutic riding instructor – Poetry – any length or genre


Kathleen Alcalá is the author of several award-winning books set in the Southwest and Mexico: Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist; Spirits of the Ordinary; The Flower in the Skull; and Treasures in Heaven. She teaches creative writing in the low-residency MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Creative Writing. Her 2007 collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name – On Family and Writing, received an International Latino Book Award and a ForeWord Magazine Award. A two-time Artist Trust Fellow, she recently completed her own MFA at the University of New Orleans. More at www.kathleenalcala.com. Prose up to 2,000 words.


Candace Allen, associate editor of Soundings Review and retired principal from Mercer Human Resources Consulting, established the company's Pacific Northwest communication practice and served as its national Communication Practice Leader. Her publications and communication programs earned numerous awards, most notably Crain Publications’ National Award of Excellence. Her freelance features about log homes appeared in Log Home Living, Log Home Design and LogKnowledge. A worldwide sailor, her sea stories have been published in Sail, Cruising World, Sea and other publications. She has written for newspapers, magazines, and trade publications about the diverse topics of gardening, books, travel, bridge, marine propulsion systems, pensions, health care, and employee communication. A founding member of the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Candace established WIWA's newsletter and served as its editor for three years. She served on the Whidbey Island Writers Association's board of directors for nearly four years. For fun, Candace meets with her writing group weekly, which blogs at http://adverbsandstir.com/. Prose up to 2,000 words.


Lana Hechtman Ayers, originally from New York, resides in Kingston, WA. She runs Night Rain Poetry, which offers poetry editing, a manuscript organization service, and writing and publishing workshops. She publishes the Concrete Wolf Poetry Chapbook Series, the Late Blooms Poetry Postcard Series,  and is Poetry Editor of Crab Creek Review. Lana holds a BA in Mathematics from City University of New York, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School, and an MFA in Poetry from New England College. She hopes someday to return to school to study Astrophysics. Lana’s poetry appears in numerous journals, including Bitter Oleander, Cider Press Review, Court Green, ellipsisFeminist Studies Quarterly, Lynx Eye, Natural Bridge, Poetica, Potomac Review, Rhino, Slant, and Stringtown. Lana's work also has also been anthologized in A Chaos of Angels (Word Walker Press, 2007), Tattoos on Cedar (Washington Poets Association, 2006), Pontoon (Floating Bridge Press, 2005), and Images From Ruin (Poetry Society of New Hampshire, 2002). She is a Hedgebrook alumna, a Jack Straw writer, a Pushcart nominee, and has been awarded honors from the “Discovery”/The Nation competition and the Rita Dove Poetry Prize. Her first full-length book, Dance from Inside My Bones, won the 2006 Violet Reed Haas Award, was published this year by Snake Nation Press, and is nominated for the National Book Award. Her second full-length collection, Chicken Farmer I Still Love You, won D-N Publishing's national manuscript contest. Her new chapbook, What Big Teeth, is due out early 2010 from Kissena Park Press, and her new full-length collection, A New Red, is due out Spring 2010 from Pecan Grove Press. Both tell the true life story of Red Riding Hood. Lana curates a monthly poetry reading series at SoulFood Books in Redmond, WA.  Poetry, up to two pages.


Anne C. Barnhill’s second book, What You Long For (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, May, 2009) is a short story collection, which writer Julianna Baggott calls “a cause for celebration.”  Fred Chappell says “Barnhill finds material for her strong stories in ordinary places among unexceptional people. . . Yet What You Long For is surprising at every turn … serious and humorous by turns—and always sympathetic.”  The Winston Salem Journal calls her “a writer who has the gifts to convey her insights with a deft touch.”  One of the stories recently was named first runner-up in the Thomas Wolf Fiction Contest. Her first book, At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007), tells what it was like growing up with an autistic sister before anyone knew much about autism. Stephen Smith in The Pilot, calls this “a beautiful story about autism.” Robert Morgan says, “It’s the story of kinship, intimacy and affection.” Clyde Edgerton states, “Ms. Barnhill has demonstrated how humans can love each other in unspeakable ways, learning languages as well as contours of certain rooms of the heart that some of us are never fortunate enough to know.” Barnhill’s work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies including, most recently, The Antietem Review, and Racing Home:  New Stories from Award-Winning North Carolina Writers.  Other publications include the story, “Washing Helen’s Hair,” from the Grammy-nominated anthology, Grow Old Along With Me, and “The Swing,” from Generation to Generation.  She has received an Emerging Artist Grant, a Regional Artist Grant and a writer’s residency at the Syvenna Foundation in Texas. She has been selected as a Blumenthal Reader twice and her stories have won several awards, including the Porter Fleming Fiction Award from the Augusta, Georgia Arts Council. Barnhill has published nonfiction with a variety of newspapers and magazines including  Our State Magazine: Down Home In North Carolina.  Her book reviews have appeared in The Notre Dame Review and Main Street Rag, as well as the Winston Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record and the Raleigh News and Observer. Ms. Barnhill has been the keynote speaker at meetings of Episcopal Church Women in North Carolina and South Carolina. She has also presented programs about memoir writing at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, the Kernersville Moravian Church and the Kernersville Library Book Club, the Wilkesboro Friends of the Library and other book clubs; she has taught memoir writing and fiction writing in a variety of places including Guilford College, Greensboro, NC; University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Guilford Technical Community College, the Phoenix Festival at High Point University and the Greensboro YMCA for Seniors.  She has taught courses in creativity for the faculty and staff at Guilford College and the Center for Creative Leadership, both in Greensboro.  This fall, she will teach a fiction workshop at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington and has recently signed a 2-book deal with St. Martin's Press for her historical novel based on an ancestor, set in Tudor England. The first novel will appear in 2011 – Fiction, either literary or historical, up to 1200 words.


Sheila Bender, founder and publisher of WritingItReal.com, teaches personal essay writing, poetry writing, journaling using the writer’s craft, article writing and writing application essays through her website, as well as at Writers.com and IAJW.org. Her newest books are a prose memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, Creative Writing DeMYSTiFied and Writing and Publishing Personal Essays, 2nd edition. She is content partner for Chronicle Software’s Life Journal for Writers and when she isn’t writing or facilitating others in writing (her two highest passions), she enjoys vegetable gardening with her husband and neighbors in Port Townsend, WA. Prose nonfiction, any length.


Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is the author of eight books for children and young adults. Her César: Yes, We Can! ¡Sí, se puede! and Diego: Bigger Than Life  have been Oregon Book Award finalists. Those biographies and her Frida: ¡Viva la vida! Long Live Life  have received Pura Belpré Author Honor Awards. Bernier-Grand teaches writing in the Whidbey Island Writers MFA program and for Writers in the Schools.  In 2008, the Oregon Library Association's Children's Division gave her the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award for her significant contributions to the children of Oregon in the field of children's literature. In 2010, she received an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship to research Picasso. Picasso: I the King, Yo, el rey will be published in 2012.   Her latest book Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Bernier-Grand teaches at Writers in the Schools, a program of Oregon Literary Arts, and at the MFA Workshop program of Northwest Institute of Literary Arts at Whidbey Island. She lives with her husband, Jeremy Grand, and Maltese dog, Lily, in Portland Oregon.  Children/young adult – 1200 words maximum


Mary Clearman Blew has written or edited thirteen books. A novel, Jackalope Dreams, appeared in 2008 and won the Western Heritage Center’s prize for fiction. Her memoir All But the Waltz:  Essays on a Montana Family, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, as did her short story collection, Runaway. Other awards include the Mahan Award for contributions to Montana literature, the Idaho Humanities Council’s 2001 Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities, a Handcart Award for Biography, and the Western Literature Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Her newest book is This Is Not the Ivy League (Nebraska Press). She has taught creative writing at the University of Idaho since 1994 — Fiction or nonfiction – not “picky” about length (but be reasonable!)


Marian Blue, editor of Soundings Review, has also edited newspapers, magazines, online publications and books, such as the Southeast Writers Handbook and the anthology Sea of Voices, Isle of Story. Her essays, interviews, fiction and poetry have appeared in US and overseas newspapers, magazines, online, and books (such as A Hundred White Daffodils Graywolf Press, Raven Chronicles, Lynx Eye, Cruising World). Marian teaches writing, literature and communication classes for Skagit Valley Community College, South Whidbey Center. She lives deep in the woods with her husband, Wayne Ude, five dogs adopted from shelters and whatever critters drop by. She is an animal advocate (nut). Adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry – up to 2,000 words prose or 2 pages of poetry


Doris Booth, editor/manager of Authorlink.com, which is the news, information, and marketing site for editors, agents and writers. We feature many articles and interviews with bestselling authors, both text and audio. Authorlink.com is the parent company of Authorlink Literary Group, which is selectively seeking new clients in the areas of nonfiction, true crime, thrillers, memoirs, smart women's fiction, and some young adult. In addition we provide a full range of e-book conversion services.

Newest Authorlink.com features:


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Prose – up to 1,000 words.


Duff Brenna is the author of six novels. He is the recipient of an AWP Award for Best Novel, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a South Florida Sun-Sentinel Award for Favorite Book of the year, a Milwaukee Magazine Best Short Story of the Year Award, and a Pushcart Honorable Mention. His work has been translated into six languages. He is editor-in-chief of Serving House: A Journal of Literary Arts. Fiction, up to 1,000 words.


Lawrence Cheek I’ve been a professional journalist and author since the age of 15. I have a journalism degree from Texas Tech University, a graduate-level browse through architecture history at the University of Arizona, and 17 years of reporting and editing in daily newspapers. Since I escaped salaried labor in 1987, I’ve written 15 nonfiction books and about 600 articles for publications such as The New York TimesLos Angeles Times Magazine, OrionWoodenBoatArizona Highways, Sunset, American Heritage, and Architecture. My newest book: The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfection, and the Art of Doing It Yourself (Sasquatch Books 2008). I currently teach nonfiction writing in the Whidbey Writers Workshop and the University of Washington Writers Program.– Nonfiction — will consider slightly longer pieces, up to 2,000 words


Pat Detmer wrote a humor column for the Whidbey Marketplace for six years and put them in the book "Laughing All the Way: Riding Herd on My Middle-Age Spread." She's appeared in Newsweek, three short-story anthologies, was a staff writer for BoomerGirl.com, and currently writes a humor column in the Newcastle News. In 2011, she won Honorable Mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for papers with circulations under 50,000. Nonfiction any length; fiction ok, especially science fiction.


Brian Doyle … is a hirsute shambling shuffling mumbling grumbling muttering muddled maundering meandering male being who edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon – the best university magazine in America, according to Newsweek, and “the best spiritual magazine in the country,” according to author Annie Dillard, clearly a woman of surpassing taste and discernment. Doyle is the author of ten books: five collections of essays, two nonfiction books (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), two collections of “proems,” most recently Thirsty for the Joy: Australian & American Voices (published in Australia), and the sprawling novel Mink River (Oregon State University Press). A collection of essays (Grace Notes) and of short fiction (Bin Laden’s Bald Spot & Other Stories) will be published in 2011. Doyle’s books have four times been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and, mysteriously, a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, this last particularly amazing because previous recipients include Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Oliver, and wouldn’t that be a great dinner table, you know? His greatest accomplishments are that a riveting woman said yup when he mumbled a marriage proposal, that the Coherent Mercy then sent them three lanky snotty sneery testy sweet brilliant nutty muttering children in skin boats from the sea of the stars, and that he once made the all-star team in a Boston men’s basketball league that was a really tough league, guys drove the lane in that league they lost fingers, man, one time a guy drove to the basket and got hit so hard his right arm fell off but he was lefty and hit both free throws, so there you go. Fiction up to 1,000 words.


Molly Dwyer Molly Dwyer’s debut novel, Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein, was nominated for the 2009 Northern California Book Award in Fiction. She won the 2008 Independent Publishers Book of the Year Award, and the 2008 Indie BookAward for Historical Fiction. Molly was honored in 2010 for “Writing Women Back into History” by the National Women’s Political Caucus of Mendocino County. She teaches at Mendocino College in Northern California, and is the founding President of the Writers of the Mendocino Coast, a branch of California Writers Club, the oldest writers club in the US, founded in 1909 by Jack London and friends. Molly's second novel, The Appassionata, is set in 19th century Paris, and explores the lives of three women artists. Her current project, Point of Departure, she describes as a “paranormal cosmological romance that’s sort of sci-fi and sort of autobiographical.”  Literary fiction, historical fiction, short stories and/or novel excerpts, or memoir. No crime, mystery, fantasy or YA. Prefers longer works.


Carol Frischmann has been a professional writer for seven years and is the author of four books of nonfiction, one book of poetry, and hundreds of articles in print and online. Although she writes nonfiction for a living, she writes novels by night and will be graduated from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts in August, 2010. Her friends tell her that her fiction critiques are better than her fiction writing. Harrumph.  After receiving her degree in science education from Duke University, Carol used her storytelling skills as a way of teaching science, nature, pets, and of all things--business management-- before writing took over her life – Nonfiction and fiction, up to eight pages.


Lola Haskins' ninth collection of poems, Still, the Mountain  (Paper Kite), won a silver medal for poetry in the 2010 Florida Book Awards. Anhinga Press will bring out her tenth, The Grace to Leave, in early 2012.

 Ms. Haskins' prose works include Solutions Beginning with A, original fables illustrated by Maggie Taylor (Modernbook), Not Feathers Yet: A Beginner's Guide to the Poetic Life (Backwaters, 2007), and a nonfiction book— Fifteen Florida Cemeteries: Strange Tales Unearthed (University Press of Florida, 2011). Retired from Computer Science at University of Florida in Gainesville, Ms. Haskins teaches for the Rainier Writer's Workshop.  For more information, please visit her at www.lolahaskins.com. Poetry, up to two pages. Prefers lyric or narrative.


Lorraine Healy is an award-winning Argentinean poet who has been published extensively. Nominated for a Pushcart in 2004, she has a MFA from the New England College and a post-MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is the first poet to have received a green card solely on the merits of her work. The most recent winner of the Patricia Libby First Book Award, her book The Habit of Buenos Aires has just been published by Tebot Bach. She has two previous chapbooks published, The Farthest South by New American Press, and The Archipelago  by Finishing Line. Lorraine has long made her home on Whidbey Island, where she teaches advanced poetry seminars and works as a fine arts photographer – Poetry up to two pages.


ANDREA HURST, President of Andrea Hurst Literary Management, works with both major and regional publishing houses, and her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times best-selling authors. Andrea represents high profile Adult Nonfiction and well crafted fiction. Her clients and their books have appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic network and in the New York Times. In addition to working in the publishing field for over 25 years, Andrea is a published author, skilled development editor, keynote speaker, and educator. She is the founder of www.justwriteon.com, a site that offers expert instruction and resources for writers. She enjoys working with authors who have something meaningful to share and are driven by their enthusiasm and desire to create books that touch lives and make a difference. Author of The Lazy Dog’s Guide to EnlightenmentEverybody’s Natural Food Cookbook. With years of experience in all areas of publishing, Andrea offers professional insight into the business and works with motivated authors to edit, polish, and perfect their proposal and manuscript. She enjoys working with authors who have something worthwhile to share and are driven by their enthusiasm and desire to create books that touch lives and make a difference. Andrea’s passion for books drives her quest to find stories that have the power to change; stories that will take her on a journey to another place, and leave her with an unforgettable impression. All prose – up to 3,000 words – except western & SF

Jill Johnson has written and performed stories and done story telling workshops and lectures in a variety of venues, including schools, theatres, festivals and other events in Washington, Minnesota, Virginia, Pennsylvania and others, including New Zealand, Australia, and Cameroon. Her awards include an honors designation for the 2006 Resource Awards (a national juried competition sponsored by Storytelling World Magazine) and being selected as part of the “Inquiring Mind” program series of Humanities Washington. She has appeared at a number of writing conferences to present material such as “Storytelling and Writing: Exploring the Common Ground,” Whidbey Island Writers Association, 2005 - 06 Whidbey Island Writers Conference, “The Writer as Storyteller” – 2007 WIWC,  Langley, WA, “Who We Are—Searching Through Story” (keynote address), “What Kind of Storyteller are YOU?” (workshop), Write in the Woods Conference, Olympic College, Shelton, WA, “Wind in the Willows” – post performance curriculum – Grades 3-5, NILA MFA Residency Program – 2011- “The Glass Slipper Re-visited” & “Traditional Tales and Tellers”; she has also done such workshops as Storytelling in AIDS Prevention Education, Center for the Book, Cape Town, South Africa, “Stories by the Fire,” St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Freeland, WA, “The Touch Workshop:” Puget Sound Health Educator’s Conference, Seattle, WA and Institute of Continued Learning, Eastern Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, and Children of Tri-Cities, Kingsport, TN. Her work appears in a variety of publications.


Susan Lefler lives in Brevard, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in many journals including Icarus, Appalachian Heritage, Asheville Poetry Review, Wind, Passager, Kakalak,  Main Street Rag, and Mourning Katrina, a poetry anthology and CD produced by the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. Arcadia Press published her photographic history Brevard in their Images of America series in 2004. She is a contributing editor for Smoky Mountain Living magazine. A short story The Spirit Tree appears in Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, an anthology of work by writers from the Southern Appalachians published in July, 2010 – Poetry up to two pages.


Lori A. May is the author of four books, including stains: early poems (Bohemian Steel Press) and The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students (Continuum Books). Her work has appeared in publications such as Rattle, Two Review, Phoebe, and anthologies such as Van Gogh's Ear. Lori is an associate editor with Northern Poetry Review and a frequent guest faculty member of graduate writing programs. More information is available online at www.loriamay.com  Poetry (up to a chapbook collection for length) and prose up to 1,000 words.


Renée Olander is author of A Few Spells, a chapbook collection of poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and her poems have appeared in publications including Verse and Universe: Poems about Science and Mathematics, Artword Quarterly, Controlled Burn, Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Hawai’i Pacific Review: Best of the Decade, 5AM,  The Café Review, 13th Moon, and The Chronicle of Higher Education National Poetry Month Blog; her essays and interviews have appeared in  Conversations with John Edgar Wideman, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, The Writers Chronicle, and others.  She works as an administrator at Old Dominion University, where she has also taught since 1986.  Poetry        


Alice Osborn, M.A. is the author of two books of poetry, Unfinished Projects (Main Street Rag, 2010) and Right Lane Ends (Catawba, 2006); she is the managing editor of Med Monthly Magazine, a national healthcare magazine, as well as a freelance writer and teaching artist. A former Raleigh Charter High School English teacher, Alice teaches creative writing in schools and in community settings where she uses sensory images and road-tested prompts to stimulate her students’ best work. Her writing has appeared in Raleigh’s News and Observer, Soundings Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is also a Reiki Level II Practitioner and is studying to be a Reiki Master. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. Visit her website: www.aliceosborn.com  Prose nonfiction, any length.


Kathryn Renner is a Washington-based freelance writer and contributing editor to Seattle Homes & Lifestyles magazine whose career has run the gamut of the writing field:  from advertising copywriting, video scripts, magazine writing and personal essays published in numerous national publications, newspapers and anthologies. Her most recent essays have appeared in Womens' Best Friend and Cat Women, both published by Avalon and Seal Press  — Essays and articles up to 1000 words.


Richard Robbins grew up in Southern California and Montana. He studied with Richard Hugo and Madeline DeFrees at the University of Montana, where he earned his MFA. He has published five books of poems, most recently Radioactive City and Other Americas. He has received awards from The Loft, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America. He directs the creative writing program and Good Thunder Reading Series at Minnesota State University, Mankato –Poetry up to two pages.


Bruce Holland Rogers Stories by Bruce Holland Rogers have won a Pushcart Prize, two Nebula Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, and an assortment of other honors. Last year, he taught at a university in Budapest as a Fulbright professor, and he maintains a private subscription list to his short-short stories at www.shortshortshort.com  Fiction, any genre, up to 4,000 words


R.A. Rycraft has published stories, poems, essays, reviews, and interviews in a number of journals and anthologies, including PIF Magazine, VerbSap, Perigee, MacGuffin, Calyx, and Contemporary World Literature. Winner of the Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Editor’s Choice Award for 2008 and a Special Mention for the 2010 Pushcart Prize, Rycraft is chair of the English department at Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee, California and nonfiction editor at Serving House: a Journal of Literary Arts. Fiction, essays, or poems – up to 2500 words


Bobbi Sandberg is the author of many technical books on computers, such as Quicken  and QuickSteps. She has also written many shorter essays. She is a CPA and instructor for Skagit Valley College. She'll accept nonfiction up to five pages.


 Maureen Sherbondy’s books are After the Fairy Tale, Praying at Coffee Shops, The Slow Vanishing (Main Street Rag), and Weary Blues (Big Table Publishing). Scar Girl is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Maureen lives in Raleigh, NC. www.maureensherbondy.com—  Poetry & flash fiction up to 2 pages for either


Wayne Ude is the author of three published books of fiction: a novel, Becoming Coyote; a collection of stories; Buffalo & Other Stories; and a Storyteller's Choice Award-winning children's book, Maybe I will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote. His short fiction and essays have appeared in North American Review, Ploughshares, Margins, and Aspen Anthology. Currently he serves as Director of the Whidbey Writers Workshop low-residency MFA, a nationally-accredited program of the Northwest

Institute of Literary Arts which is also the home of the Whidbey Island Writers Association, the Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and Soundings Review literary magazine.—Fiction, 20 page max, preferred.


Michael Dylan Welch is editor of Tundra: The Journal of the Short Poem. In addition to publishing longer poetry, he has also published thousands of his haiku, senryu, and tanka (as well as book reviews and essay) in hundreds of journals in more than a dozen languages. You can read many of them online at his site, Graceguts, www.graceguts.com. His poetry appears in two Norton poetry anthologies, as well as in many dozens of other anthologies. He is also a contributing editor to Spring, the journal of the E. E. Cummings Society, editor/publisher of Press Here haiku and tanka books, board member of the Washington Poets Association, and vice president of the Haiku Society of America. He founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000 (serving as its president for five years), co-founded the American Haiku Archives in 1996 (for which he currently serves as webmaster), and in 1991 he co-founded the Haiku North America conference, a nonprofit corporation of which he is a director. Michael excels at short, primarily imagistic poetry. His most recent books include For a Moment, a chapbook from Quebec's King's Road Press, and 100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court, from PIE Books in Tokyo, a 400-page art book (with photographs) presenting translations of 13th-century Japanese waka poems (co-translated with Emiko Miyashita) – Poetry – up to two pages.


Leslie What is the fiction editor for the new journal, Phantom Drift: New Fabulism and nonfiction co-editor for  Winter Tales:  Women Write About Aging to be published by Serving House Books.  Her writing has won a Nebula Award and her short story collection Crazy Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her work has been published in Calyx, Parabola, Asimov's, LA Review, Midstream, Lilith, SciFiction, and other places. She earned her MFA in fiction from Pacific University and is an instructor in The Writers' Program at UCLA -- Fiction or nonfiction up to 3000 words.


Susan Wiggs, using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out. Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain. Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare—She was wide awake, and there wasn't a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe's way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned—by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open. Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Warner and Mira Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the literary institution Fields End and the legendary Maui Writers Conference. Her novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress, and is often a finalist for the prestigious award. Her books appear regularly on numerous "Best Of" lists. Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her family.  Fiction up to 1,000 words.

Carolyne Wright’s nine books and chapbooks of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon U Press / EWU Books, 2nd edition 2005), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and American Book Award; and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006), finalist for the Idaho Prize and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and winner of the 2007 IPPY Bronze Award in Poetry. Just published is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning Point Books), featuring the post-modern alter-ego Eulene: < http://www.turningpointbooks.com/carolyne_wright.html >  Also published are a collection of essays and four volumes of poetry translated from Spanish and Bengali. A Seattle native who studied with Elizabeth Bishop and Richard Hugo, Wright spent a year in Chile on a Fulbright-Hayes Study Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende. She serves on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program. She returned to Chile in late 2008, giving readings and workshops with Eugenia Toledo, and reconnecting with her Chilean past. Her volume of translations of Chilean poet Jorge Teillier, In Order to Talk with the Dead (U of Texas Press, 1993), won the ALTA National Translation Award. A poem of hers, "This dream the world...," appears in The Best American Poetry 2009 (ed. David Wagoner) and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010).  This poem was featured recently on "KUOW Presents," KUOW, 94.9 - FM, hosted by Elizabeth Austen: < http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=22025

 – Poetry of any length, fiction and translation (a little longer than 1,000 words ok)


Andrena Zawinski lives and teaches writing in the San Francisco Bay Area

where she runs a Women's Poetry Salon. Her latest collection, Something About, is a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award recipient. She is also Features Editor at PoetryMagazine.com

— Poetry up to two pages and flash fiction.




*Associated Writing Programs:  Associated Writing Programs, not just for the academic, offers comprehensive ideas about writing careers, conferences, programs, and contests (including their own prestigious annual contest).

Poets & Writers:  the working writers' connection between the academic and the commercial. Poets & Writers is the resource place for the writer and for those who are seeking information about other writers.

Writer's Digest (School and Magazine):   takes a more commercial approach by offering writers serious marketing information, writing tips, study, books, and more.

Whidbey Writers Conference:  Many writing opportunities: the annual conference, the new low residency MFA program, retreats, readings and so forth--with membership, you'll receive an excellent newsletter with a lot of writing information.

Here are some sites of writers that we've worked with. Their sites are interesting to visit and view because these are writers who work successfully at marketing as well as at writing:

Anjali Banerjee,   an outstanding writer who is the middle of a lot of successful writing and marketing!

Brian Ames:   Brian came to the Whidbey Island Writer's Conference a few years ago, and he has been writing and publishing consistently and well ever since. His Web page and his email are a tribute to excellent marketing.

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