Rockford Writers' Guild offers spring happenings

RWG Press/A+ Printing Book Contest Guidelines for 2007

Rockford Writers’ Guild Press and A+ Printing will team up to offer another contest with free book production as the grand prize and free ISBN numbers to the first 10 contestants. The Guild will promote the contest among members and offer pre-production editorial support on request. The printer will deal with the business end of payment, proofs and final production.

To qualify, books will be printed by A+ by Dec. 1, 2007. The contest will be open to all forms of previously unpublished original prose, poetry and illustrations entered by Guild members whose dues are paid through next December. Entries that contain libelous, obscene or supremacist material will be ineligible.

The maximum grand prize is $500, but it may be less­­—depending on the final production cost of the winning entry. Several options are available—from stapled print-ready, camera-ready hard copy to perfect bound typesetting with color. Print-ready copy that must then be reformatted by A+ will incur an additional fee of $1 per page.

The grand prize offer will be based on 10 contestants. If fewer enter, RWG Press/A+ Printing will reserve the right to prorate the amount. The winner will receive a prize in the form of a rebate from A+ refunded by Dec. 31. Free ISBN numbers will be assigned to all 10 entries, regardless of the grand prize. Authors who want bar codes will provide their own or purchase them from A+ for $35.

For questions about contest rules or editorial support, contact Guild President David Ross at For cost quotes or other production details, contact Rich Hein at

March meeting

The March meeting is at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 18, at Barnes & Noble, 6685 E. State St., Rockford. Anna Mycek-Wodecki, a graphic artist, muralist and illustrator of How Would It Feel?, will speak to us on the craft and business of illustrating books.

Extra RWG Press chapbook benefits

In addition to the RWG Press Contest, members who published chapbooks with us last year—or do so by July 2007—are eligible for several benefits. One is a special sales table at the July 15 Gala Banquet & Reading. Others include free ads in Write Away, free links on the Guild Web site and related opportunities. To utilize these benefits, authors may either donate copies of their chapbooks to RWG Press and/or personally appear to promote their projects. Contact David Ross at or at 815-963-2098 for specific options. A separate table will also be available for Gala guests to market their books produced by publishers other than RWG Press.

Reminder about guidelines

Guidelines for the 2007 summer Members Only edition of The Rockford Review are:

one original, unpublished poem (50 lines max) or prose (1,300 words max);

standard manuscript format of single-spaced poetry, double-spaced prose;

an updated bio statement of two to three sentences—without photos;

mail paper copy (no disks) to the Guild P.O. Box postmarked by April 1.

As usual, members may write on any theme of fiction or nonfiction. For those who prefer a prompt, consider “Change of Pace.” That theme readily applies to vacations, lifestyles and relationships. It also embraces all aspects of the human condition.

Order Summer Gala reviews now

Guild members in good standing will get one copy of the summer Gala Members Only Rockford Review. “Good standing” means dues are paid through July 2007 or beyond. Extra prepaid copies must be ordered by April 1. They are $9 each by mail or $7 each if picked up at the July 15 Banquet & Reading at Clock Tower Resort. Prepaid orders are necessary to determine the size of the press run. Hurry and send an order now. April 1 is the deadline for submitting to the Summer 2007 Members Only edition!

Highlights of Feb. 18 meetings

Cindy Long and Roxe Anne Peacock attended the recent “Love Is Murder Conference.” Roxe Anne was invited to submit a proposal to a publisher and to speak before a writers’ group. Magdalen Scheid is researching and writing a book about Swedish industries in Rockford. Lisa Roettger has been doing book signing sessions and is out of copies of her Eat Each Experience. Jeff Flodin recently had his prose accepted for publication, one piece of which will be in the Lions Club’s magazine.

Tom Oestreicher spoke about his books. He published Present and Accounted For, a historical novel, in 2004 with AuthorHouse. It was a success and drew interest from book agents, interviewers and a movie company. His second book, With Full Honors, is a sequel, and he is working on a third, Plantation. Oestreicher created his own marketing package and his own pre-publication notices and teasers. He keeps track of the publishing industry, and he helps new authors look for publishing companies. He gave us some useful marketing tips. He also owns Write Foot Forward Seminars, at which he presents lectures and workshops to instruct and assist new authors to get into print. In the past year, he helped 11 writers to become published authors.

Ides of March Poetry and Prose Contest

There is still time to enter, but entries MUST be postmarked no later than March 15. 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 cover letter with name, address, phone, e-mail (if available), title of work, word count (if prose), brief author bio, and SASE for a copy of the winners’ list. Youth entries (18 years and younger) must include age and school.

DO NOT put your name on the submission itself as it will be judged anonymously. Entries will not be returned. Make your check payable 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

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