2017 Arkansas Writers' Conference Brochure

Saturday Morning, June 3rd


AWC Director Brenda Iannacone

8:40-9:25 Presiding:
Keynote Speaker: Tommy Hancock
Preparing Your Manuscript to Pitch

10 minute break

9:35 – 10:15 Breakout Session Ballroom I
Taking Author Readings from Blah to Aah:                                                                 Jerry Davis & Mary Lou Moran

9:35 – 10:15 Breakout session Room Jackson I-A
Poetry in Motion – Jim Barton

9:35 – 10:15 Breakout session Room Jackson I-B
Grammar in Today’s Market – Bernadette Kinlaw

9:35 – 10:15 Breakout session Room Jackson II
Renee La Viness
Secrets to Writing Children’s Literature

10 minute break

Ballroom I


Jackson II – Renee La Viness
Jackson 1 – Tommy Hancock

Saturday Afternoon, June 3rd

12:00 – 2:00 BUFFET LUNCHEON
Door Prizes; Contest Awards – Ellen Withers, Contest Chair
Hall of Fame Presentation & Acceptance speech

2:10 – 2:55 Keynote Speaker: Andrea Campbell
Creating Content: Break-in, Connect, Become a Regular

10 minute break

3:05 – 3:40 Breakout Session Ballroom I
Grammar in Today’s Market – Bernadette Kinlaw

3:05 – 3:40 Breakout session Room Jackson I-A
Poetry in Motion – Jim Barton

3:05 – 3:40 Breakout session Room Jackson I-B
Writing Non-Fiction – Janis F Kearney

3:05 – 3:40 Breakout session Room Jackson II
Renee La Viness
Secrets to Writing Children’s Literature

10 Minute Break

3:50- 4:00 Acknowledgements & Announcements
AWC Director Brenda Iannacone


                                                  LITERARY AWARD RULES

1. AWARDS made only if contest fee of $20 enabling one to enter all contests unless otherwise instructed. (OUT-OF-STATE entrants are limited to five (5) contests), check or money order made payable to Arkansas Writers’ Conference and mailed on or before APRIL 27, 2017 to Ellen Withers, 1815 Columbia Drive, Conway, AR 72034 Must Include Contest Registration Form & entry fee. Conference registration does not include this entry fee.
2. DEADLINE for postmarking manuscripts is April 27, 2017. Entries destroyed two weeks after conference. AWC not responsible for manuscripts lost, delayed in mail, or received too late for judging. Do not send SASE. No manuscript returned. No winners’ list mailed but will be posted on the website, www.arkansaswritersconference.org
3. Only one typed, unpublished manuscript can be entered in more than one contest. Double-space prose, single-space poetry. Use only 12-point font. Standard manuscript form as stated by www.whitecountycreativewriters.org listed below. Meet all contest specifications including word, line, and page limit.
4. NO MANUSCRIPT MAY BE ENTERED IN MORE THAN ONE CONTEST. No one may enter contest for which he/she is sponsor, chairman, or judge. 2015 AWC first place contest winners may not enter a contest this year if it is identical. If contestants do not adhere to all rules, entries will be disqualified.
5. PUT CONTEST NUMBER AND NAME OF AWARD in upper left corner of each entry. Do not put your name on any manuscript. Do not staple. Use paper clips. Attach a cover sheet to each entry with: (1) Number and name of contest; (2) Title of entry; (3) First line of entry; (4) Your name, phone number, and mailing address.

Formatting for Contests
1. Use a simple type style like Times Roman or Courier, 12 point preferred, on a letter quality printer. DO NOT use fancy type faces or script styles. The goal is to make the manuscript look professional and pleasant to read.
2. Use white copy paper, 20 pound or better, 8-1/2 x 11 inches. NO onion skin, lined or colored stock.
3. Follow contest rules for identification of manuscripts. Name and address are usually not to appear on judges’ copy.
4. Double space all prose manuscripts. Poetry may be single-spaced. DO NOT justify right-hand margins. Allow 1 to 1-1/2 inch margins all around.
5. Drop down about half-way on the first page then center your title. DO Not put your name below the title, unless the contest rules call for it.
6. Start your text below the title indenting each paragraph 5 spaces. DO NOT add extra space between paragraphs.
7. Contests can vary on header requirements, but usually require the name of the contest to be placed in the upper left corner and the page number and word count should be placed in the upper right corner. Check the rules for any specific instructions on this issue. The text should begin 3 or 4 spaces below this header.
8. Type on one side of paper only. Paper clip the finished pages together - do not staple unless instructed to do so - and do not put the manuscript in a folder.

                                            THIS FORM MUST ACCOMPANY FEE

                                           AWC CONTEST REGISTRATION FORM 
                                                            June 3, 2017

Enclosed is my $20 contest registration fee. I understand this allows me to enter as many contests as I choose unless otherwise instructed. (see brochure for restrictions). This contest fee does not include the conference registration fee.


Address: ______________________________________________________

City: ________________________________ Zip Code: ________

Phone: ________________ Email:_________________________

Mail this form by April 27th with check or money order made payable to NLAPW/AWC to: Ellen Withers, 1815 Columbia Drive, Conway, AR 72034


                                                  LITERARY CONTESTS

Contests 1-3 limited to Arkansas Residents who ATTEND Arkansas Writers' Conference. Cash Awards Vary.

1. Carl J Iannacone Memorial Award ($100/$60/$40) Essay on What Family Means to You and Why. 1500-2000 words max. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
2. The Erdel Family Memorial Award. ($50/$30/$20) Mystery short story. Solve the mystery with a twist at the end. 2500 word max. Chair: Ellen Withers.
3. Mistletoe Award. ($50/$30/$20) Fantasy Short Story About an Animal. Subject: Living the Good Life, Write from the animal’s POV. 1500 words max. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

Contests OPEN TO ALL. Cash Awards for contests 4-13 vary.

4. David Goodgame Memorial Award ($100/$60/$40). Free verse poem. 40 line limit. Chair: Rita Goodgame
5. Fiction Who-Dunnit Award. ($50/$30/$20). Short Mystery Story. The Case of the Lost Family Heirloom. 1500 words. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
6. AR Pioneer Branch NLAPW Prose Award. ($50/$30/$20) Humorous short story about humorous marriage proposal. 1000 words Chair: Brenda Iannacone
7. WOW! Press Award. ($50/$30/$20) Personal memoir story. Subject: Life changes- A personal reflection. “My How Things Have Changed.” 1000 wd. max. Chair: Janis F. Kearney
8. AR Pioneer Branch NLAPW Poetry Award. ($50/$30/$20) Free Verse. Any subject. 24 line limit. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
9. LaViness Award for Living Mystery, ($25/$15/$10) Mystery Short Story, Not a murder mystery, No deaths allowed., 3000 words max. Chair: Renee LaViness
10. Scott Plantation Settlement Award. ($25/$15/$10) Memoir. Feature a Country Church. www.scottconnections.org. 2500 word limit. Chair: Sara Gipson
11. LIGHTS OUT! ($25/$15/$10) Fantasy Short Story. Humorous fantasy whose protagonist is afraid of the dark. 2500 word limit. Brief critique given if requested on top of page one of submission. Chair: Carol Hodges
12. Penpoint Writers Group Contest. ($25/$15/$10) Fiction Any Genre, Subject: “Summertime”, 3 page limit. NO poems or porn. Must include “summertime” somewhere in body of the written prose. Chair: Pinpoint Writers Group
13. South Arkansas Poets of the Pines Poetry Contest. ($25/$15/$10) Form: RONDELET, 7 lines, Syllables: 4-8-4-8-8-8-4; Rhyme: a-b+R-a-b-b-R, R=refrain. Chair: South Arkansas Poets of the Pines

Contests 14-18 LIMITED TO ARKANSAS RESIDENTS. Cash Awards for contests vary.

14. Lucille R. Longstreth Memorial Award. ($25/$15/$10) Short Short Story, Subject: It’s a Mystery, 500 word limit. Chair: Barbara Longstreth Mulkey
15. Village Writers Club of Hot Springs Village Award. ($50/$30/$20) Fiction, Any Holiday Story, 1500 words max.
Chair: HSV Writers Group
16. Youth Poetry, Subject: Farming. ($25/$15/$10) 20-40 lines. Open only to Arkansas residents, age 11-17 Chair: Sara Gipson
17. Del Garrett’s Gimme The Creeps. ($25/15/$10) Psychological Horror. Twilight Zone short story. 1500 words max. Indicate if you agree to being published. (no extra pay) Chair: Del Garrett
18. Moral Dilemma Award. ($25/15/$10) Short Story that spotlights a situation that reveals a right from wrong decision that could save another person. 1500 word max. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

                                SPECIAL MEMORIAL AWARD CONTEST (Open to All)

19. Henry & Betty Heidelberger Memorial Poetry Award. ($25/$15/$10) Subject: Farming, Any form, 32 lines. Chair: Brenda Iannacone
20. Dorothy Truex Memorial Prose Award. ($25/$15/$10) Romance Short Story that involves dance. 1500 words. Chair: Ellen Withers


                                      2017 ARKANSAS WRITERS’ CONFERENCE 
                                           AWC Director: Brenda Iannacone 
                                           Email: breannacone1@yahoo.com
                                                   Phone: (501) 833-2756