2 New Agents Added!

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Dear Writers,

There have been a few changes to our list of attending agents. Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents are no longer able to attend this year’s conference. 

However, we have two new agents who will be participating in Advance Submission, as well as on the Agent/Editor Panels: Kristyn Keene of ICM Partners and Margaret Bail from Inklings Literary Agency. Their full bios are on the website.

If you have not already registered for Advance Submission, this is a great opportunity to get one-on-one feedback from a publishing insider. The deadline for Advance Submission manuscripts to be received is May 2. Visit www.sbwriters.com  for more information and registration.

Finally, we’re excited to profile the panelists on this year’s First Book PanelWe have THREE SBWC alumni on the panel this year! Read their full bios below.

Don’t forget to register!

Write On!
SBWC Team
 
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”?—Virginia Woolf
 
If you haven’t booked a hotel room yet, there are still available rooms at the Hyatt. Call 888-421-1442, or visit the reservation link to book your room. The last day for the SBWC group rate is May 6.

For alternative places to stay, visit: http://www.sbwriters.com/resources.html.

Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

 

First Book Panelists:

 Ara Grigorian is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from University of Southern California where he specialized in marketing and entrepreneurship. Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories targeted to adult and new adult readers. His debut novel, Game of Love, will be published in May by Curiosity Quills Press.

Trey Dowell brought the first twenty pages of a sci-fi/thriller novel called Aphrodite Way to the SBWC in 2011. A year later, he brought the completed manuscript to SBWC and won a prize in the fiction category. The following year, Simon & Schuster bought that manuscript to be part of a new imprint: Simon451—a speculative fiction imprint named in honor of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Dowell’s debut novel, retitled The Protectors, was one of four titles that officially launched the Simon451 line in October of 2014. 

Liz Maccie has had two movies produced, The Thirst and Black and Blue. She went on to work at The Disney Channel until she found a home as a writer at the ABC Family show Make it or Break itLessons is Maccie’s debut novel. She currently splits time between the east and west coasts with her husband, Stephen Chbosky, author of Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Sameer Pandya was born in India and came to California when he was eight. His fiction has appeared, among other places, in NarrativeOther Voices, and Faultline. His first collection, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, follows the lives of first-and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California. The characters share a similar sensibility: a sense that immigration is a distant memory, yet an experience that continues to shape the decisions they make in subtle and surprising ways as they go about the complicated business of everyday living. Pandya currently teaches literature and creative writing in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

News, Announcements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers

 T.C. Boyle will be signing copies of his newest novel The Harder They Come at Chaucer’s Books on April 27 at 7pm.

Denise Duhamel and poet/activist Paul Fericano will read their poetry to wrap up the 6thseason of the Mission Poetry Series on Saturday, April 18 at 1pm at Antioch University. Chaucer’s Books will offer works by each poet. Long-time SBWC attendee/volunteer and author Melinda Palacio is curating the series. 

Selections of Svetlana Meritt’s new travelogue, Meet Me in the Underworld: How 77 Sacred Sites, 770 Cappuccinos, and 26,000 Miles Led Me to My Soul was featured in Moon Magazine. Meritt will be reading her travel stories at Chaucer’s Books on April 9 at 7pm. 

Joseph Suste’s first book, Sharp Obsidian, was recently published by Joshua Tree Publishing/Centaur Books, Chicago.

***If you would like your news to be included in the next SBWC e-Newsletter, please send in an email to info@sbwriters.com with the subject line NEWSLETTER.***

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SBWC March Newsletter: 2015 Participating Agents & Editors

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Dear Writers,

Our 2015 Advance Submission Program is now OPEN!

SBWC’s Advance Submission program is a great opportunity for conference attendees to meet agents and editors, and receive individual feedback on their writing.
 
This year’s participating agents and two New York editors include (see their bios below):
 
Laura Chasen — St. Martin’s Press
Erin L. Cox — Rob Weisbach Creative Management
Paul Fedorko — N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
Lucas Hunt — Orchard Literary
Michael Larsen — Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Toni Lopopolo — Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
Eric Meyers — HarperCollins
Elizabeth Pomada — Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Adriann Ranta—Wolf Literary Services
Angela Rinaldi — The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency

How it works:

1) Register and choose your readers either online by credit card, or by mail.

2) Mail the first 5 pages of your manuscript. Be sure to allow for transit time, as the deadline for pages to be received is May 2.

3) Once at the conference, we will give you the details of the meeting. This is a one-on-one for 10 minutes, a chance for you to get personal feedback from an agent or editor.

Only registered attendees may participate in Advance Submission. As in the past, we expect many of these agents to fill their spots quickly, so sign-up early to ensure you get your first choice reader.  

For more information about Advance Submission, visit our website.

There are only a few weeks left until the early registration price goes up to $650. Register now until March 15 for only $575.
 
Write On!
SBWC Team
 
“For some reason or another I had a kind of religious feeling about the idea of books and literature. I still do.” —Tom McGuane, author of Driving on the Rim and speaker at SBWC 2013

2015 Important Dates:

  • January 1­­- March 15: Register for the early rate of $575
  • March 1: Advance Submission opens (sign up to meet with an agent or editor)
  • March 15: Last day for early registration price of $575
  • March 16: Regular registration begins — $650
  • May 2: Last day to submit manuscripts for Advance Submission
  • May 6: Last day to take advantage of our group rate at the Hyatt Santa Barbara
  • June 7 – 12: SBWC at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

 
Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

 

2015 Agents and Editors:

Laura Chasen – St. Martin’s Press
 
Laura Chasen has worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press since 2010, and is constantly on the hunt for stories that leave readers with a desire to share and converse. At St. Martin’s Laura has had the pleasure of working on a wide range of fiction and narrative nonfiction. She looks for literary and reading group novels, realistic young adult, upmarket commercial women’s fiction (the kind with real heart and nuanced characters), historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, current affairs, and memoir. She’s particularly drawn to international and immigrant stories, issue-driven novels, coming-of-age stories, good family dramas, school environments, and anything set in the dance world. 
 
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Laura.**
 
Erin L. Cox – Rob Weisbach Creative Management
 
Erin L. Cox develops and represents writers for Rob Weisbach Creative Management, focusing on literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in the areas of memoir, history, pop culture, fashion, and psychology. Erin began her career in book publishing in 1999 in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Linda Fairstein, Kathy Reichs, and Al Roker, and critically-acclaimed writers Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, Maile Meloy, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In 2005, Erin was named associate director of publicity at HarperCollins, where she worked on bestsellers by Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich, and Tony Hillerman, among others.
 
Paul Fedorko – N.S. Bienstock, Inc.
 
Prior to joining Bienstock, Paul Fedorko had been a literary agent at Trident Media Group for more than five years, ran The Paul Fedorko Agency, and spent more than 20 years as a publishing and marketing executive at Bantam Doubleday Dell, Simon & Schuster, and William Morrow working with many brand names as well as first-time authors. In general, Paul is looking for fiction ranging from World War II thrillers and British-type mysteries to contemporary mysteries featuring a female PI, plus any fiction set in New York in the ‘40s or ‘50s. He would also like to see YA and adult contemporary fiction, and is always looking for little-known true stories, except true crime.
 
Lucas Hunt – Orchard Literary
 
Before Lucas Hunt became agency director at Orchard Literary, he was a rights manager and agent at the Philip Spitzer Literary Agency. He cultivated the careers of best-selling authors Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Andre Dubus III, and Simon Van Booy. Hunt actively sought and closed major deals in print, audio, digital and foreign markets. He is interested in literary and international fiction, travel memoir, music and spirituality, along with creative and authoritative works of nonfiction.
 
Michael Larsen – Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
 
Michael Larsen, born and educated in New York City, worked in promotion for Bantam, William Morrow, and Pyramid (later assimilated into Berkley). He and his wife, Elizabeth Pomada, started Larsen–Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco in 1972. They are members of AAR and have sold books to more than 100 publishers. Michael is eager to find nonfiction books that will excite big and midsize houses: how-to’s, self-help, business, personal finance, popular culture, biography, current affairs, history, health, medicine, spirituality, inspirational books, trends, technology, the future, and other books with practical, social, or literary value.
 
Toni Lopopolo – Toni Lopopolo Literary Management
 
Literary agent Toni Lopopolo has a book-publishing resume that began in 1970 in the publicity department of Bantam Books where she publicized authors Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, and Louis L’Amour. When Macmillan offered Toni the title of executive editor, she published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet, and Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among many other hits. Next, Toni became executive editor for St. Martin’s Press from 1981 to 1990. In 1991, Toni opened Toni Lopopolo Literary Management. Toni scouts novels in Latina fiction, noir thrillers, young adult, and new adult, as well as speculative and steam-punk fiction. In the nonfiction category, she looks for personal journey, health, and business. Toni will bring with her to the conference her assistant agent, Theo Tiffney, who specializes in speculative literature and YA.
 
Eric Meyers – HarperCollins
 
Eric Meyers is an associate editor at HarperCollins. He acquires a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, especially in the political and business markets. Eric began his career under the guidance of Adrian Zackheim at Penguin. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied journalism.
 
**You do not need to have an agent to meet with Eric.**
 
Elizabeth Pomada – Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
 
Elizabeth Pomada worked at David McKay, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and the Dial Press in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 1970 with her partner and husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they started Larsen–Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Since then, they have sold books from hundreds of authors to more than 100 publishers. She represents narrative nonfiction (memoir), adult commercial and literary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, and mysteries. She loves to find promising new writers who are writing books that will interest New York publishers.
 
Adriann Ranta – Wolf Literary Services
 
Adriann Ranta is senior agent and vice president at Wolf Literary Services. After making the move to New York, Adriann spent two years at Anderson Literary Management before moving to Wolf Literary in 2009. She represents New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, journalists, illustrators and graphic novelists, as well as actors, stuntwomen, makeup artists, and many other pioneering creative thinkers and leaders in their fields. She is actively acquiring all genres for all age groups with a penchant for edgy, dark, quirky voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin. She loves gritty, realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world; women’s fiction and nonfiction; accessible, pop nonfiction in science, history, and craft; and smart, fresh, genre-bending works for children.
 
Angela Rinaldi – The Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency
 
Prior to starting her agency, Angela Rinaldi was executive editor at NAL and Bantam Books, senior editor at Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), and started the book-publishing program for the Los Angeles Times. Angela represents the eight million-copy bestseller, Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson (Putnam). Other titles on her list include Quirky, Yes — Hopeless, No by Dr. Cynthia Norall (St. Martin’s), Blood Orange and The Good Sister by Drusilla Campbell (Grand Central Publishing), Calling in the One by Katherine Woodward Thomas (Ballantine), and The Thyroid Solution by Dr. Ridha Arem (Ballantine). She is interested in commercial and literary fiction, upmarket contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, narrative nonfiction, food narratives, lifestyle, memoir, current affairs, psychology, health books that address specific issues, and business and career.  

News, Announcements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers:

Joye Emmens’ debut novel, She’s Gone, received a five-star editorial review from Readers’ Favorite. The book, released in January 2015, is available from Amazon.com and other online book sellers.
 
Michelle Robin La tells the true story of her husband growing up in the midst of the Vietnam War and his struggle to escape Communism in Catching Shrimp with Bare Hands: A Boy from the Mekong Delta, available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.com.
 
Suzanne Munshower’s thriller, Younger, was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for March. Check out her novel even before it’s released on Amazon. Suzanne will also be appearing on this year’s Mystery Panel.
 
Sameer Pandya’s first book, The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella, follows the lives of first- and second-generation Indian Americans living in contemporary California. The book is available in hardcover and paperback through the University of Hawai’i Press. Sameer will also be appearing on this year’s First Book Panel.
 
Dale Griffiths Stamos’s short film Lost Music will be featured as part of the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival on March 22.
 
Matt Pallamarys book The Infinity Zone, which he co-wrote with Paul Mayberry was recently translated into Italian. Bravo!
 
Tracy Shawn wrote a piece for Noozhawk.com about inviting an author to your book club. 

***If you would like your news to be included in the next SBWC e-Newsletter, please send in an email to info@sbwriters.com with the subject line NEWSLETTER.***

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2015 SBWC Registration is LIVE!

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Dear Writers,

Registration for the 2015 Santa Barbara Writers Conference is open!

The 43rd Annual SBWC will take place June 7 -12, 2015. Why the same dates as last year? This year’s conference will follow the same six-day format as before, but begin on a Sunday and end on a Friday. Be sure to note your calendars.

Like going back to our favorite summer camp, we’ll return to the Hyatt Santa Barbara armed with our manuscripts, laptops, and fresh ideas. For newbies, get ready to rub elbows with talented writers and workshop leaders, hear famous authors talk about their process, and feel the energy of the writing muse. And don’t forget to bring your super-sized travel mug to sip coffee into the wee hours during the pirate workshops.  

This year’s evening speakers will include Mona Simpson (Casebook), Anthony Breznican (Brutal Youth), Meg Gardiner (The Dirty Secrets Club), and Tawni O’Dell (Back Roads).
 
The early rate is available until March 15, and registration is limited to the first 200 students.

For those of you hoping to schedule a private meeting with an editor or agent this year, Advance Submission will open for registration March 1. You must be a registered student to take part in Advance Submission. More about the program can be found here.
 
We hope you’ll join us for our fabulous 43rd year!
 
Write On!
SBWC Team
 
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” — Ernest Hemingway

2015 Important Dates:

  • January 1­­- March 15: Register for the early rate of $575
  • March 1: Advance Submission opens (sign up to meet with an agent or editor)
  • March 15: Last day for early registration price of $575
  • March 16: Regular registration begins — $650
  • May 3: Last day to submit manuscripts for Advance Submission
  • May 6: Last day to take advantage of our group rate at the Hyatt Santa Barbara
  • June 7 – 12: SBWC at the Hyatt Santa Barbara!

Be sure to “like” our official Facebook page, which is the best place for conference updates. You can also join our new Facebook group for fun postings from SBWC workshop leaders and students.

News, Anouncements & Happenings from SBWC Workshop Leaders, Students & Speakers

T.C. Boyle’s 25th novel, The Harder They Come, will be released March 31. The Washington Post called it one of the ten most anticipated novels of 2015.

Lisa Lenard-Cook’s first novel, Dissonance, was reissued last September by the Santa Fe Writers Project. It was selected as book of the year by several national public libraries in 2003 when it was first published.

Walter Halsey Davis’s play Panhandle, a musical drama about the Dust Bowl, recently ran at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley.

Matthew Pallamary delves into the magical world of shamanism once again in his new novel Eye of the Predator. The book was released in paperback in august and can be found on Amazon.com or at local bookstores.

Diana Raab will teach “Writing Lust” on Saturday, February 21, 4-5:30 PM at The Sacred Space in Summerland.

Tracy Shawn wrote a short opinion piece for Noozhawk.com about aging gracefully.

Jane Smiley’s recent novel, Some Luck, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Dale Griffiths Stamos’s newest short film, Lost Music, which she wrote and associate produced, was selected for the Sedona International Film Festival.

***If you would like your news to be included in the next SBWC e-Newsletter, please send in an email to info@sbwriters.com with the subject line NEWSLETTER.***

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2014 SBWC Award Banquet Congratulations!

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Every year, we hear wonderful pieces throughout the five days of workshops and late nights of pirate. We were honored to recognize a few writers at the closing night award banquet for the work that they shared at this year’s SBWC.

Fiction

First Place: Cat Robson 

Honorable Mention: Hector Javkin 

 

Nonfiction

First Place: Mari Larangeira 

Honorable Mention: Erin Dougherty

Honorable Mention: Tom Huth 

 

Poetry

First Place: Kaya Fried

Honorable Mention: Robin Burrows

Honorable Mention: Mike VanBlaricum

 

Finally, in the tradition of Barnaby Conrad, congratulations to the winners of Worst First Sentence, which is always a hilarious highlight of our closing night awards banquet!

Worst First Sentence

First Place: Margaux Hession

Honorable Mention: Mike Takeuchi

 

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Marla Miller’s Marketing the Muse: Daily Workshop Schedule

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SUNDAY Workshop: Memoir-centric read-and-critique workshop w/memoir presentation by Linda Joy Myers. Q/A

  • Linda Joy Myers, President/Nat’l Assoc of Memoir Writers & author Don’t Call Me Mother

MONDAY Workshop: Ebook publishing: Nuts & bolts that won’t break the bank w/Jason Matthews. Q/A

  • Jason Matthews is the author of bestselling How to Make, Market & Sell eBooks. He delivers webinars at conferences, and recently launched video series, a companion to How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks – All for Free

TUESDAY Workshop: HOOK ME! Read opening 2 pages to see how many in workshop are hooked enough to turn to page 3. Very useful feedback.

  • Read & Critique: Read opening 2 pages only! All genres! Fiction & nonfiction

WEDNESDAY Workshop: Read & Critique, Sonia Marsh: Author/Marketer, whose know-how includes how to get books into Costco. Q/A

  • Freeways to Flip-Flops, Marsh’s debut memoir spawned small press, My Gutsy Story® Anthology series & Gutsy BookCoaching.

THURSDAY Workshop: Carla King: Indie publishing options from veteran indie publishing pro & author/travel writer. King began self publishing in the 1990s. Q/A

  • Carla King is a travel writer & noted indie author/coach. King’s self publishing ‘bootcamp’ series is offered at conferences, webinars, and seminars.
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2014 Graduation-Themed Essay Winner

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Graduate

By Courtney Lund

 

I didn’t think I’d graduate. Of course, I hoped I would, like every other eager teen that ships off to college. But things happen. Really big things that can, you know, change your life, forever.

When I was nineteen, a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara, I was given some news. Not just any news, but big news. My parents called me on a normal Thursday afternoon and told me that my only brother, Gavin, at four months old, was dying. He had been diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, called Aicardi-Goutierres Syndrome (AGS), with forty known cases in the world. It took two and a half months to even get a diagnosis.

“We’re putting him in Hospice care,” Mom said. “The doctors have given him a year to live.”

I remembered the conversation like I remembered a lot of unfortunate events that have happened, like being stung by a bee, getting my period for the first time and so on. But this was different. This was a punch in the face; worse, it was like being kicked off the planet.

A week later I found myself back where I started: home. I was now a college dropout with a terminally ill brother, and a family that was falling apart because of it. Ambiguous chaos was what the whole scene looked like. There I had been two weeks earlier, trying to figure out ordinary existential questions like, what was my place in the world? What career path should I take? But this – this threw me. Now, I found myself cradling a sick baby, picking up empty bottles of morphine from the counter, opening sympathy cards, and finding Tupperware full of food in the fridge that people had dropped off. I performed a sprint to answer the question that tormented me: how was I going to love a dying baby? How could anyone truly? Love, the most deepest, sacred act, that we do out of faith, was going to be stripped from me in under a year.

Gavin’s disease was scary in those early days. It would show up for weeks at a time, causing high fevers, jitters and an upset stomach. AGS triggered brain calcifications, causing permanent brain damage, in which Gavin would shriek uncontrollably, turn a pasty gray, and ogle his eyes in distant directions. Mom called these episodes, visits from the Monster.

As time went on, I eventually returned to college and even graduated. Gavin was taken off Hospice on his first birthday. And next month, he will be seven years old. Although he is physically handicapped, meaning, he cannot eat on his own, walk, talk, crawl or ask when he has to pee. He is a pleasure. He is inspiring.

Though it was not initially easy, I have learned to love him in the deepest way, much deeper than I have ever loved myself. He has inspired my boyfriend to go back to school to become a Physical Therapist. He has brought our family, my two other sisters, my mom and dad, and me closer together. And above all, he has moved me to the core, to live unapologetically and passionately. In two weeks I will be finishing up my three-year stint at an MFA program, where I have written my first book, Monster Love, which is a moving account of my journey with Gavin. In two weeks I will be walking across the stage with a new confidence, one much different than I had four years ago. A belief that one story can change the world, because, ultimately, that’s all that ever has.

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Win a Scholarship: Graduation-Themed Essay Contest!

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Dear Writers,

Enter to win a tuition scholarship to the 42nd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference! Entries will be judged on originality, use of language, and story. The word count is limited to six hundred, and all genres are welcome.

  • Theme: “Graduation”
  • Word Count: Up to 600
  • All genres welcome
  • This must be your original work, published or unpublished
  • No entry fee
  • Email all entries to:  SBWC.Graduation@gmail.com
  • Please paste your entry into the body of the email and include contact information: name, phone number, email address, & mailing address
  • Winner receives a tuition scholarship to the 42nd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 7 to 12, 2014**
  • Contest Begins: Today!
  • Deadline: Friday, May 23rd, Midnight (PST)
  • Winner Announced: Sunday, May 25th

Write On!

Nicole Starczak
SBWC, Director

“I didn’t go to college. Thank God for that. You can’t learn writing in college. You learn writing by writing every day and by having good friends surrounding you, who love you and who love writing as much as you do.” – Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, speaking at SBWC 2008

**In the event that the winner cannot attend the 2014 SBWC, June 7 to 12, the scholarship will go to the runner up.

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Literary Salon: Marla Miller Interviews Jane Smiley

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SBWC Best Opening Contest Thanks & Congratulations

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Dear Writers,

Thank you to those of you who entered our Annual Best Opening Contest. After reviewing over 200 entries, we’d like to congratulate our winner and three runner-ups.

First Place: Baxter Clare Trautman
Lieutenant L.A. Franco glanced at her Timex. Eight fifteen and already ninety in the shade. She watched her rookie detective prowl the scene. The kid’s first homicide, and wouldn’t it have to be a dead man sitting naked in an ’88 Caddy with a headless chicken in his lap.

Runner-ups (in alphabetical order): Barbara Bagwell, Nancy Klann & Malu Paradise

From Barbara Bagwell: My Name is Sheila. I’m fifteen and have yet to kiss a boy. Not that it bothers me. They’re all kind of gross. The girls at school wear makeup to impress them, but Mom said I looked like a streetwalker and won’t let me. I stole her mascara to look awake.

From Nancy Klann: I looked at the lime green walls of the Wash-O-Rama and wondered who on God’s earth would have picked such a color. That’s when an orange flyer taped to the far wall caught my eye. The bold, black letters screamed: URGENT, PLEASE HELP ME FIND MY MISSING LEG.

From Malu Paradise: Willie isn’t a bad person. He’s just a bad boy. The summer before he was suspended for selling pot and cigarettes in the girls’ bathroom, Willie shot a bottle rocket at Nancy Lavello’s prom dress. It was funny at the time, but nobody knew the consequences it would have.

We’d also like to name several honorable mentions, listed in alphabetical order:

•Tim Kelly
•Sandra McGee
•Stacy Ryan
•Ruth Wire
•Laurie Young

First place will receive a tuition scholarship to the 2014 SBWC, June 7-12th. The three runner-ups will receive partial scholarships to this year’s conference.

Opening night is nearly six weeks away, and we are approaching the end of sign-ups for Advance Submission. If you haven’t already registered, now is the time! www.sbwriters.com

Write On!

Nicole Starczak
SBWC, Director

“Eavesdrop and write it down from memory—gives you a stronger sense of how people talk and what their concerns are. I love to eavesdrop!” – Jane Smiley, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel A Thousand Acres and 2014 SBWC opening night speaker

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Enter to Win a Scholarship to the 2014 SBWC: Annual Best Opening Contest!

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Dear Writers,

Enter to win a tuition scholarship to the 42nd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference! Send us your BEST OPENING, up to 50 words — a beginning most likely to compel a reader to turn the page. 

  • Email all entries to: sbwcBestOpening@gmail.com
  • Please include contact information: name, phone number, email address, & mailing address
  • Paste your entry and contact information into the body of the email
  • Word Count: Up to 50
  • All genres welcome
  • This must be your original work, published or unpublished
  • Winner receives a tuition scholarship to the 42nd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 7 to 12, 2014**
  • No entry fee
  • Open: Today!
  • Deadline: Thursday, April 17, Midnight (PST)
  • Winner Announced: Tuesday, April 22

Please share this opportunity with writers you know.

Write On!
Nicole Starczak
SBWC, Director

“I think your opening is enormously important. You’ve got to write a first line that will haunt you. It’s got to be magic.” – Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, and keynote speaker at SBWC 2012

**In the event that the winner cannot attend the 2014 SBWC, June 7 to 12, the scholarship will go to the runner up.

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