Rockford Writers’ Guild offers updates

Submissions requested

Rockford Writers’ Guild President David Ross encourages members to submit entries to the Ides of March Contest by March 15; the summer Rockford Review by April 1; and the RWG Chapbook Press Contest by Dec. 1.

February meeting speaker

Tom Oestreicher is a social studies teacher at Genoa-Kingston High School. He is the author of Present and Accounted For (AuthorHouse) and its sequel With Full Honors: in Search of the Last Civil War Veteran (Cold Tree Press), and he was an invited author to the 2005 Book Expo America in New York City. Both novels deal with the Indiana Infantry Regiment’s role in the Civil War. Sunday, Feb. 18, he will speak to the Guild on his efforts and successes in writing historical fiction.

Member feedback wanted

We’d like to hear from our members both old and new about how they feel about their membership—good or bad. We also request comments and suggestions about what you’d like to see happen in the Rockford Writers’ Guild. E-mail your responses to Sheri Darnell at Be sure to put “R.W.G. member response” in the subject line so it won’t be confused with junk mail. Sheri has also initiated work to get a grant of money for the Guild from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Richard Pulfer will be reviewing RWG Press books for The Rockford Review, beginning with the GALA 2007 summer edition.

Ides of March Prose and Poetry Contest

Entries for the contest must be postmarked no later than March 15 to qualify. Prose (up to 1,300 words) and poetry (up to 50 lines). Entry fee is $5 for every three poems and $5 for each prose. Original, unpublished, typed works only. Entries must have a cover letter with name, address, phone, e-mail (if available), title of work, word count (if prose), brief author bio and SASE for a list of the winners. Youth entries (age 18 and younger) must include age and school. DO NOT put name on submission itself as it will be judged anonymously. Entries will not be returned. Make your check payable to Rockford Writers’ Guild, and send to: Rockford Writers’ Guild, Ides of March Contest, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105. For more information, call RWG President David Ross at (815) 963-2098 or e-mail him at

Macmillan's new subsidiary

Macmillan is part of a publishing empire that includes Picador, St. Martin’s and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Last year, in 2006, Macmillan opened a new division or subsidiary called “Macmillan New Writing,” which is open to new, unpublished novelists. It will not pay its novelists advance money. It will accept manuscripts from them submitted via e-mail that are finished and that need no editorial work. No agents are involved. It sells these novels through its own established distribution system and pays its authors royalties of 20 percent of net receipts. Check out this new subsidiary’s Web site at http://www.macmillannewwriting com and read about it on pages 14-15 of the January/February 2007 edition of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Highlights of Jan. 21 meeting

David Ross noted the deadline for submitting to the GALA 2007 Member Only edition is April 1, and there are some new rules and instructions for submitting manuscripts to the RWG Press. Contact him for a copy of the new brochure explaining these instructions, or receive the brochure with the April newsletter. (The April mailing will include the newsletter, the official invitation to the summer GALA, a brochure on the Clock Tower, the membership directory, and the brochure of new instructions for submitting to the RWG Press. The April 15 meeting will include poetry readings by Guild members.)

Speakers at the meeting were Richard Diller, a former Guild member, who told us about his book, Firefly; Cindy Long, who writes a column for Crochet magazine; Pat Noel; Beverly Long; and Jennie Spallone of Chicago, who spoke about her murder mystery novel, Deadly Choices.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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