Rockford Writers’ Guild (RWG) will host its annual “Holiday Hurrah” from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., downtown Rockford. Admission is free.
Guild Vice President of Events James Marshall, Ph.D., invites the public to, “Please bring a holiday or winter-themed poem (50 lines or less) or short prose piece(500 words or less) to share. All are welcome to share some holiday time with fellow writers.”
A potluck will be included, and those attending are asked to bring a small salad or dessert to share.
Live music will be featured from Ron Rawhoof and soapflossers.
The event will also include a cash-prize writing contest, fun writing activities, and a performance from the Junior Guild.
Writing opportunities for members of RWG
• The Best or Worst Autumn Prose Writing Contest — Submit up to three prose pieces, each 1,300 words or fewer in length, that express the theme THE BEST OR WORST AUTUMN. Cash prizes up to $100, the opportunity to share your winning prose at Burpee Museum in January, and publication in The Rockford Review. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2014.
• Winter Hours Poetry Contest — Submit up to three poems, each 50 lines or fewer in length, that express the theme WINTER HOURS. Cash prizes up to $100, the opportunity to share your winning prose at the April meeting at Severson Dells, and publication in The Rockford Review. Deadline: March 15, 2015.
• The Rockford Review: 2015 Summer-Fall Edition — Submit up to three poems, each 50 lines or fewer, OR one prose piece that is 1,300 words or fewer. NO THEME. All members in good standing may have one poem or prose piece published in the 2015 summer-fall edition of The Rockford Review. Deadline: April 15, 2015.
Electronic submissions preferred. Email subs to: firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail to Rockford Writers’ Guild, P.O. Box 858, Rockford, IL 61105.
Free proofreading from Ed Grosek: Mail manuscript to Ed Grosek at 1025 Reynolds Road, Apt. R-11, Johnson City, NY 13790. Grosek will snail mail his responses back to the author. He reminds authors to “expect suggestions and some mild criticism.”
From the Dec. 10-16, 2014, issue