Monday, June 26, 2017

Storm Poem

June 23, 2017
A Storm Rolled In
© By Mary Nida Smith
The sky darkened, clouds rushed in
to cover all light, wind ran madly
building up anger as it picked up speed
pulling off tree limbs and roof covers.
The heavy low, dark clouds opened up
drowning plants that tried to cling
strong roots to soil beds.
Rain, hail and leaves hit hard
against the windowpanes.
As quickly as the storm appeared
it disappeared, leaving its ill ways
scattered across the area
in miles in which it traveled.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mary Nida Smith 's Art

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Mary Nida Smith's Art

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Poem Evening Blast

Evening Blast
©by Mary Nida Smith

The sounds of a dove
Each morning and evening
Cried out of its lost
I was sadden this morning
By the silence of its cry
Last night it was stopped
By three shots that ran out. 

Dorothy Anderson Wood Carving

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sounds from the Woods
© By Mary Nida Smith

Mourning dove at daybreak
Hiding in the woods.
Its haunting voice rides the wind
Coooooo-woo over and over again
Until it reaches beyond the trees.
Its wooing call continues
Loud and strong each morning
The cries of losing a mate or
The wooing voice of a lover
Needing a lifetime vow
To help raise a family
As two “turtle doves”
Hiding in the woods.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Answered Prayers

Answered Prayers
© by Mary Nida Smith

Rain promised today
God kept it away
Clouds and sun
Fought for space
In the sky overhead
At the local festival
God knew many
 Had created items
To sell to feed the family
God answered prayers
Kept the rain away
Until everyone was asleep
After counting their blessings
Knowing God answers prayers.

How to Research Literary Agents

Monday, May 22, 2017


Arkansas SCBWI Conference, June 16-17 in Little Rock
--Arkansas SCBWI Writing Workshop, Sept. 16, Central Arkansas
--Arkansas SCBWI Retreat, Oct. 13-15 in Fort Smith
--Arkansas SCBWI Publishing Workshop, Nov. 18, Fayetteville

KidLit Roundtable This Saturday in Rogers

Don’t forget to join us for the first ARSCBWI KidLit Roundtable at the Rogers Public Library at 3 p.m. on May 20. Meet fellow writers & illustrators, trade tips and discuss topics relating to kidlit. Thanks to volunteer Kimberly Mitchell for working with me on this ARSCBWI project!

Conference in June (Pitch Sessions Available)
Our conference is a month away! If you haven’t signed up, you still can. We have an exciting line-up for the 2017 Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).

Our consultations sold out this year. Pitch sessions are still available for picture books and novels. Also, illustrators who want a portfolio consultation, I can schedule a slot for you on Friday night. All of these are very limited, so if you are considering it, email now to reserve your spot.
More information on the conference, including links to the faculty bios is here:
Member News
Remember to let me know if you have a release date for your book, book signing, author event or good news. Email the information to, so we can keep track of it - so send your updates today!

Warmest Regards,

Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Countdown to Friday! If you want to read at open mic, would like a book table, or need to purchase lunch, NOW is the time. Contact me at See you guys this Friday the 19th. We have a great conference planned for Saturday - travel writing, fiction writing, learning how to pitch your manuscript, and more.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI KidLit

Arkansas SCBWI KidLit Roundtable Northwest Arkansas
 · Hosted by SCBWI-Arkansas
  • Saturday, May 20 at 3 PM - 4:30 PM
    Next Week
  • Rogers Public Library

Friday, May 05, 2017


Special news provided by Joel, a USS Sea Fox (SS-402)crew member. April 26, 2017 University of Arizona

 NROTC Awards Presented:
The Freddie Warder Naval Submarine League (NSL) Outstanding Achievement Certificate and a copy of Heroes Beneath the Waves, by Mary Nida Smith to Midshipman Zachary J. Rossi, USNR. Photo provided by NROTC staff and book presented by Joel M. Greenberg USSVI Tucson Base.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

I belonged for a couple of years with this wonderful group of writers I even helped with with one of their contest. One never stops learning and  making new friends and enjoying old friends. 
Sell your books at the 2017 MWG Conference!
Click HERE to access the consignment sheet and W9 form.
Ship your books to:
Heather Tearneyc/o The Mizzou Store911 E. RollinsColumbia, MO 65211
The 2017 Missouri Writers Guild annual conference and business meeting will be held
in Columbia, Missouri over the weekend of
May 5-7, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I am a Dreamer

Good afternoon. I decide to change my thoughts to the country. I was raised a country girl who had a wonderful life, yet I wanted to see on the other-side of the mountain where city people lived. My dreams changed when I had my biggest adventure to St. Paul, Minnesota 60 miles west from where I lived on a farm near Knapp, Wisconsin. I seen beautiful things that only a Princess could own and I want a little of it. Country stayed with me no matter where I lived. I published country articles and have written for a Farm newspaper magazine and also, written children's picture book about country subjects that I have never submitted anywhere. I am a dreamer and I am thankful for the gifts God has given me.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 10:58 AM PDT
2017 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, May 26 – 27, Point Park Univ., Pittsburgh, PA. Looks like a great conference for nonfiction writers and those who love to write for magazines (like I do). The keynote is “The State of the American Magazine” led by editors from Esquire, Harper’s, the NY Times Magazine, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Check the CALENDAR on this site for more events.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Posted: 23 Apr 2017 12:27 PM PDT
Writers in this area have a choice of two well-known, overlapping conferences. Both have sessions that appeal to me. Check out OK Writers Federation Conference 2017,  May 4 – 6, Embassy Suites, Oklahoma City, OK ( ). Variety of workshops with a special two-session block for Scrivener Boot Camp led by Jason Hough. Also the Missouri Writers Guild Conference, May 5 – 7, Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO ( . Opportunity to have a one-on-one with speakers and faculty. Lots of workshops–of special appeal to me, “Writing Historical Fiction” led by Nicole Evelina. The Calendar lists workshops, conference, and events for writers throughout the year.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17

Don’t forget to register for the Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. You have until April 29 to do so and secure a spot for a manuscript or portfolio consultation. Pitches are also still available. Manuscripts are due May 5 for consultations.
We have an exciting line-up for the 2017 Arkansas SCBWI Conference June 16-17. Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).
More information on the conference, including links to the faculty bios, is here:

Please take a few minutes and promote our conference. I am grateful for those who have done so already. Retweet. Share on Facebook. Recommend it to writing friends or colleagues. However you do it, it’s appreciated. We already have several people new to ARSCBWI and our conference signed up from promotion alone. Thank you for being willing to support and promote Arkansas and our events!
If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them.
All my best,
Phyllis Hemann
SCBWI Arkansas Regional Advisor

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Wise Girls
© By Mary Nida Smith

Girls with curls
Always wear pearls
Girls with braids
Wear fashion suede
Girls who are blonde
Wear long johns
Girls with red hair
Love Smoky the Bear
Girls who are brunette
Love the internet
Girls with black hair
May have nightmares

Girls are not the same
We should not compare.

April word(W.O.M.) David L. Harrison's blog.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Heroes Beneath the Waves Review
Al Konetzni, Jr., Vice Admiral, US NAVY (Retired) reviews Heroes Beneath the Waves – Submarine Stories of the 20th Century by Mary Nida Smith…

Monday, April 10, 2017


Tuesday, April 11, 2:15-4:15pm

George Jared just completed his second book The Creek Side Bones…Reality is more horrifying than fiction. This book is an anthology of four separate murder cases. The book includes the ruthless slaughter of a family in Dalton, Arkansas, in 1998 and gives an update on the local Rebekah Gould case.  His book will be available for purchase and autograph at the event.

George Jared, an Arkansas true-crime writer and investigative journalist, is a reporter for Talk Business & Politics, covering issues related to Northeast Arkansas and the Delta.  

Poetry Slam with Molly Sroges
Tuesday, April 11, 5-6pm

Slam Poet Molly Sroges will conduct a poetry workshop that teaches the concept of slam poetry.  Following the workshop, a slam will be held.
Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. 

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Books in Bloom Literary Festival

What a special festival and it is, in  beautiful historical Eureka Springs. One of the best art towns in a America. I  was involved last year as one of the tent authors. One of my greatest experiences in my life.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Poetry Accomplishments: Mary Nida Smith
Rolling Drum Press, (monthly Chapbook) Boise, Idaho
Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine
Good Old Days Magazine
Lightnin’ Ridge Journal
Evangel Magazine
Arkansas Poetry Day Brochure
Twin Fall Chamber of Commerce newspaper, Twin Falls, Idaho
Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho
National Geographic Book (America Big Book 2018 release) Arkansas poem
 Book - Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century.
David L. Harrison’s blog WO.M. monthly poem since 2009
Poetry with photograph illustration entered in art show and my private exhibit
Member of the Free Verse Poetry Group

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

SCBWI Arkansas Conference

The Arkansas Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference is June 16-17 in Central Arkansas.
Conference faculty includes Kait Feldmann, associate editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic); Molly O'Neill, literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; and Nick Thomas, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic).
The conference will offer a dinner, publishing panel and pitch sessions on June 16 (North Little Rock Community Center, North Little Rock). Conference sessions, lunch and critiques are on June 17 (Butler Center, Little Rock).
Opportunities are available for writers and artists to receive feedback on their manuscripts and portfolios. Remember that spaces for consultations are limited, so sign up early if you want to secure a spot.

Registration opens March 25:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Missouri Writers Guild Conference Conference May 5-7.
I was a member for a couple of years and have attended their conferences. I have enjoyed making new writer friends, learning from other authors and illustrators, and they always have informative speakers. Well worth attending each year.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


The 12th Annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival: a Celebration for Writers and Readers will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 12 Noon to 5 pm, at The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

We look forward to seeing you there, rain or shine!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Pee-Yew Poem

Opening my eyes one morning,
Before my feet hit the floor
What is, this offensive smell
 Filling my nose… pee yew!
 Racing through my mind
The fear of a skunk
Could be under the house
The fumes, worse than cow pies…

I went from room to room
Stumping my feet to add
Fear to the critter below.
I could not smell the skunk
Scent in any other room
I travel back to my bedroom
Where, I was first overwhelmed
With this rotten odor to discover
This skunk was me.
©by Mary Nida Smith

Wednesday, March 08, 2017


Mary Nida Smith
     Why do I write? I write because this is who I am. Words on paper are food that provides strength for me to continue my journey of creative writing. I believe I was born to write, for God knew I needed to fill a void through painful and lonely times.
      I didn’t write thinking I would be rejected from so many places and advised to give it up, for I wrote because this is who I am. Rejections would slow me down or question why I write, but the words that formed stories kept trying to open the door to my mind. Many stories formed a mind of their own. I couldn’t deny them their time to walk across the pages and make someone smile or allow a tear to flow.
    When I spied a call for submissions from a newspaper, magazine or other areas, if I thought I could, like the little red engine, I submitted.  It was always a wonderful surprise when I was accepted – paid or not, I was getting my name out there. It was cheap advertisement, a chance to learn from an editor, and to spread my wings in many different fields of creative writing.
     Today I am an author of two books: Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century and Submarine Stories of World War II. I have written for newspapers and magazines. I have been published as a poet and as a writer for the children’s market.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Arkansas SCBWI Conference

June 16-17, Arkansas SCBWI Conference 2017, Central Arkansas
Sept. 16, Arkansas SCBWI Writing Intensive 2017 on character with author Kristin L. Gray, Central Arkansas
Oct. 13-15, Arkansas SCBWI Retreat 2017, Fort Smith
Other events on the horizon: Small & Indie Publishing Workshop, KidLit Roundtables in Central and Northwest Arkansas - and more.

2017 Conference
The Arkansas SCBWI 2017 Conference is June 16-17 in Central Arkansas. I’ve been busy behind the scenes working to move the conference to a new location in Little Rock. Stay tuned to the conference web page at You can check it now for important deadlines and basic conference information. More information will be added later this week and next. I’ll send out a separate note as a reminder when registration is about to open. You can also check our Twitter and Facebook page for public updates.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Village Lake Writers & Poets

Village Lake Writers & Poets
We Invite you to come and visit with local writers & authors!
Saturday, March 11 from 6 to 8:00 p.m.
Held in the historic Artist Retreat Center, 13467 Lookout Drive
in Old Bella Vista, AR.
Free and Open to the Public with an Open-Mic starting at 6:00 p.m.
The Village Lake Writers & Poets, a local writers group in Bella Vista announces our featured author this month! We are hosting a remarkable Children's Author, Brenda Turner! Brenda's new book Diamond Girl is a big hit especially with 4th graders who are starting in a new school! Diamond Girl is about Jenny, a 4th grade girl, who is on a diamond dig - a journey for understanding and treasure!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Children's Market Bio - Mary Nida Smith

Hopefully, I was able to put my bio together where it is understandable. From being a freelance writer for years I hope to be able to dedicate to my first love, writing for children. In between I wrote and studied how to write for children. I have lots of finished and unfinished  manuscripts. In the past I have received good feed back from editors. I have also visualized somewhat, how I want to set up my website with photographs and helpful information for teachers and fun things for kids. I am at peace and I know God has a plan.

Bio: Mary Nida Smith
Upcoming (poem accepted) Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis book to be published by National Geographic Society 2018.
Organizations:  Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and founder of Children’s Writers & Illustrators (Mountain Home, AR); Attend: SCBWI AR and Missouri conferences and retreats.
Magazines: Kid Magazine Writers, Jan Fields, Editor (Blogging is Important)
                    Once Upon a Time (Writer’s Block) issue 2007
Newsletters: Mo Scribbles (SCBWI) Arkansas news columnist, plus article, “Eliminate Clutter and Stress.”  Reprinted in the Winter 2005 SCBWI Australian Chapter’s Newsletter Fine Lines “Eliminate Clutter and Stress”

Library Summer Program: Taught writing classes for children for two years at the Baxter County Library. A member of the Friends of the Library (Board member five years) and a member of Friends of the Library 15 years and volunteered when needed.

Blogs: Monthly 2009-2016 W.O.M David L. Harrison (Children’s book author) posted a monthly poem. My blog (Life’s Beautiful Path) Freelance Writer and author of Submarine Stories of World War II (2008) and Heroes Beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century (2015) For preteen & up and published by Skyhorse Publishing.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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