Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Arkansas Society of Children's Book Wrriters and Illustrators

Arkansas SCBWI Retreat 2013

The 17th annual Arkansas SCBWI Retreat for Writers of Children's Literature will feature hands-on workshops led by Alexandra Arnold, editorial assistant at Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of HarperCollins), and small & in-depth guided critique groups with participating writers. At the retreat, writers will learn techniques to strengthen their works-in-progress, submissions and writing skills. Registered attendees will submit pages from a manuscript in advance (by Sept. 4) and receive feedback from the editor at the retreat.

For more information, go to Arkansas SCBWI Retreat page. To register, go to the Arkansas SCBWI online registration form

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ozarks Romance Authors/Contest

Detailed instructions on how to enter, including cash prize information, is available here:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Children Soup for the Soul(R) Stories Needed

We’re Looking for Stories! Provided by Kathy Temean's Writing and Illustrating email newsletter

We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul® books in development and are adding new titles all of the time. We are always looking for new stories and poems and hope you have some for us to consider.  Take a look at the list of our future book topics to see if you have a story or poem on a subject we are looking for and then please submit it to us.

If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but we are not collecting for that topic at this time, please save it and check back with us soon. Our list of  Possible Books Topics is added to frequently and hopefully, in the near future, we will add a topic that will be a perfect fit for your story or poem.

We prefer that you submit your stories only once, but if you believe your story fits in more than one book topic, please indicate which other topics you have submitted it for in the Comments line on the submission form. You can submit your story by going to the link at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Here Are Our Future Topics:

Miracles Happen

Everyone loves to read about miracles in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Everyone has experienced extraordinary events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment. Why did these things happen? Perhaps the only explanation is divine intervention. We are looking for true stories in this multi-faith book that will awe you with examples of amazing events. Miracles do happen every day. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 15, 2013.

Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide                        

Moms are the busiest people in the world! They juggle kids, husbands, jobs, housework, paid work, volunteer work, parents, pets, etc. How do they do it? Sometimes they are successful and get everything done. Sometimes… disasters happen! Busy moms – here is your chance to pass along your words of wisdom, your lessons learned, your funny or embarrassing moments. Pretend you’re talking to a friend and share your wonderful stories with other busy moms. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2013.

My Guardian Angel                        

We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are “angels” because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2013.  

Overcoming Challenges                        

Life is filled with challenges. We have all gone through trying times and have had to overcome difficult situations. We would like to know what challenges you have faced in your life and what you did to overcome them. Are you recovering from health problems, financial difficulties or the loss of a loved one? What changes did you make to help you cope with these issues and turn negative into positive? Your stories will give our readers inspiration and insight into how others are coping and let them know that there is hope even in adversity. The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 31, 2013.             

Reboot Your Life                

Were you in a rut? Was your life boring and dull? Hopefully you did something positive about that. What kind of a major changes did you make that brought back your purpose, passion, and joy? Did you start a completely new career, have a travel adventure or find a new hobby? Was it a new love interest or an attitude adjustment that helped you reboot your life? We want to hear your stories. Stories can be serious or funny, but we definitely want them to inspire our readers to take a chance and give them the courage to reboot their own lives. The deadline for story and poem submissions is November 30, 2013.       

Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries                        

With a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurring every 18.5 seconds in this country, chances are you have been touched in some way by this experience. TBI is the signature wound of our returning soldiers. It is literally changing the rules for athletes from the NFL to the public schools.  If you have sustained a TBI, if you are a family member dealing with the challenges of TBI, or if you are a health care professional inspired by TBI survivors, we want to hear your story.  What do you know now that you wish you knew then? What helped you most in your recovery? What lesson did you learn from an amazing survivor of traumatic brain injury? The deadline for story and poem submission is November 30, 2013.             

Stories about Cats                        

We love stories about our cats. They are part of our families or perhaps it might be better to say that they allow us to think of them as family! We include them in our celebrations and buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your cat feel special? What does your cat expect from you? How has having a cat changed your life? We know you’ll have many great stories for us about how you cater to your cat and how your cat is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous… or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013. 

Stories about Dogs                        

We love stories about our dogs and the amazing things they do. They are part of our families. We include them in our celebrations and even buy them gifts for special occasions. They have a special place in our lives and in our hearts. What do you do to make your dog feel special? What does your dog expect from you? How has your dog changed your life? We know you’ll have many great stories for us about how you pamper your pooch and how your pooch is included in your family. Stories can be serious or humorous… or both. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2013.             

The Dating Game!

We’re publishing a book on dating! First dates, blind dates, group dates… we want to hear about all of them. Meeting the family, embarrassing moments, break-ups and make-ups… we want all of your war stories. Did you meet your perfect match online? Did you have an office romance or start a relationship with someone who was just a friend? How about first dates after divorce, reconnecting with a person from your past, or even simply finding your happily-ever-after where you least expected it? Tell us everything from love at first sight to dating disasters. For this book, we prefer contemporary stories. They will be favored over stories about events that happened decades ago. We are accepting stories from men and women 18 years and older. The deadline for story and poem submissions is July 29, 2013.

Talk tomorrow,


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Historical Ozarks Mills

To take the old mills tour, the "Historic Ozarks Mills" book is a must! It has more than 25 historic grist mills, that still exist, with over 120 full color pix. It also includes directions, a map, history, folklore and other stories. These mills are in some of the most beautiful places you'll ever visit by book or in person! Check-out the web site to browse and order at <<< click here. There's more than on the site. So contact Photozarks if you don't see what you're looking for. Contact info is below. 


Monday, July 08, 2013

Helpful Information for Writers & Illustrators

Helpful Information for Writers & Illustrators



Creative Writers & Illustrators – List created by Mary Nida Smith

Book: The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposals by Moira Allen.

Society of Illustrators

Check your library or bookstore for books on Writing and finding a market. Read Writer’s Digest and The Writer magazines

Formatting a manuscript:

Cover page: Name, address, phone, email and website to your top left.

To your top right: genre, fiction or non-fiction and word count.

Prepare your manuscript correctly.

Before querying an agent make sure she presents your genre

Read guidelines for their requirements, review the agent/agency, submit to the correct person (agent or/and editor).Stick to the rules.

Websites resources;

Preditors and Editors


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Ozark Regional Arts Council July Exhibit

ORAC Exhibit at ASU Vada Sheid Community Center
All photographs taken by Linda Armstrong
with the help of Anni Worster
     Artist/Illustrator Carole T. Jones                         
                                                                                                                                                                 Carole wearing her trademark pin
Sun-e-dale Knoll

                                           L-R Mary Nida Smith member ORAC,
                                           Deborah Lively President ORAC,
                                           Carole T. Jones July Exhibitor
                                           Mark Schuyler,
                                           Riverbend Custom Framing.