One Book, One San Diego Events

Clare Pister, KPBS Community Engagement Manager, has shared the following One Book, One San Diego-related events this summer.

book club bingo 250p.pngSunday, June 109 am – 4 pm: Book Club Bingo @ the Central Library. Join One Book partner The Library Shop and Adventures by the Book for Book Club Bingo. Featuring 21 authors, this all-day book club adventure is filled with food, panel Fredrik-Backman.gifdiscussions, book signings, and the opportunity to interact with participating authors. Tickets are $60 and include food and a signed copy of New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum’s new book! Just select “KPBS Member” from the drop-down menu as you check out.

Wednesday, June 13; 7:30 pm: Gail Honeyman @ Warwick’s Books. Warwick’s will host author Gail Honeyman to discuss and sign her novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which was short-listed for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Free.

Sunday, June 244 pm: Fredrik Backman  @ La Jolla Riford Branch Library. Warwick’s and the La Jolla Riford Library will host New York Times bestselling writer Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove, in conversation with Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature at UC San Diego. Backman will discuss and sign his newest book, Us Against You.

DID YOU KNOW? Many university libraries, including One Book partners the San Diego State University Love LibraryUniversity of San Diego Copley LibraryUC San Diego Geisel Library and Point Loma Nazarene Ryan Library, are open to the public. These wonderful community resources are available to you in the following ways:

  • Use books and materials in open collections within the library
  • Use designated guest computers
  • Access (free) campus Wi-Fi
  • Most allow access to electronic resources within the library
  • Access federal and state publications within the library
  • Obtain assistance from the research services desk

Furthermore, each library has special collections that you are invited to peruse and enjoy. Here are just a few to note:

  • SDSU Love Library has archives of the San Diego Union (from 1871) and the Union Tribune online for those interested in local history.
  • UC San Diego Geisel Library is home of the Dr. Seuss Collection, a modest selection of original drawings by beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel. A more extensive showcase of his whimsical and fantastical creatures, “Boids & Beasties,” can be viewed every summer along with a special “Happy Birthday to You!” exhibition to celebrate his birthday in March.
  • USD Copley Library’s special collections materials are located in the beautiful Mother Rosalie Hill Reading Room and may be viewed by appointment.

Until next time, happy reading!


April-May Issue of Suspense Magazine

The editors of Suspense Magazine once again sent a link for Guild members to access the latest issue of their magazine.

Spring is the time we need to shed that winter coat and open up the windows. We have put together a great issue for you. As always we would like to thank you for all the support you have given us over the years. It really is a pleasure to bring you the very best author interviews, reviews, articles and much more. Now let’s see what’s in this issue.

  • Jack Carr
  • Alma Katsu
  • Jake Tapper
  • Steena Holmes
  • Lee Goldberg
  • Rhys Bowen

Barry Lancet and Anthony Franze are back with their latest “Articles on Talking Writing.” Dennis Palumbo tells us “How not to overwrite.” We step back in time and bring back a great interview that was only on Crime and Science Radio, hosted by D.P. Lyle and Jan Burke, as they talk with Michael Tabor, a forensic dentist that has stories you won’t believe. Along with all the reviews, we have some more surprises inside. So enjoy your spring showers and takes for taking us with you.


Click on the cover to get the magazine.

Don’t forget to check out Suspense Radio and all the shows on the station.

If you write suspense, mystery, horror, or thriller fiction, consider submitting your work to Suspense Magazine. Submission guidelines are here.

Useful Websites For Writers

Today, there are so many websites offering writing and marketing advice that it’s hard to make sense of it all. To help, here are snippets from The Write Life’s article (by Marisol Dahl) titled “The 100 Best Websites for Writers.”

Creativity: features tools, tips and secrets to help you write a book and fulfill your dream of authorship.

Freelancing: lists the best competitions, grants and other well-paying markets. features an array of topics, tips and tricks to help you experience financial success with your writing. — around since 1997, this site is a tried and true resource for freelancers, offering regular updates on paying markets.

Marketing: offers articles, podcasts, training events and more about marketing.

Publishing: offers tips and workshops on how to write your story and get it published. is a blog and resource hub to help you more easily craft a brilliant novel.

Domenico Loia

SDWEG authors will be featured at La Jolla Library on May 12

On Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 17 authors — all of them members of SDWEG — will be showcasing their published works at display tables at the La Jolla Library (7555 Draper St., La Jolla). Visitors will have a chance to greet these gifted writers, find out how they became authors and what they specialize in, and (hopefully) purchase signed copies of their work. The list of authors and their story subjects includes:

SDWEG members are asked to drop by the event to show their support for the organization and their fellow writers.

For details, go to: Or you can contact the La Jolla Library at (858) 552-1657


Expired: For All Memoirists From Marni Freedman

SDWEG honorary member Marni Freedman sends this invitation to all accomplished and novice memoirists. See the full message below. Note that the events mentioned in Marni’s message will take place at San Diego Writers, Ink, in Liberty Station.

Just a quick invite to our goings on this Saturday [May 5, 2018, at San Diego Writers, Ink].

If you are interested in submitting to the Memoir Showcase this year, we would love to see you at our FREE CLASS this Saturday from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

TO SUBMIT to the showcase: CLICK HERE.

And if you want to spend even more time with us, come to the Memoir Association meeting at 2:45(ish) for the Yes, You Can Publish Panel where two authors will be talking about how to look for and acquire a small pub and how to submit to books like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

To learn about the panel, CLICK HERE.

Really hope to see you – and hope you all submit!
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Orange County Children’s Book Festival Coming Up in September

SDWEG member Diana Diehl shares the following information for other children’s book authors.

The Orange County Children’s Book Festival is the largest one-day festival for children’s books in the country. Approximately 20,000 people attend. There are many ways to participate. The info below is based on Diana’s goal to promote her children’s book in the exhibitor’s area. She collected this from the website and from email with festival organizers. More specifics are on the site; links are below.

  • The 2018 festival is Sunday, September 30, at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Exhibitor spaces are still available as of 4/27, but the organizers predict they will all be claimed by June at the latest; they are on a first come-first served basis.
  • Authors may choose booths and tables to exhibit. A standard booth (10×10) is $495; larger booths are more. Choice is a matter of budget.
  • The most economical option is a table in the Authors Corner. This costs $150 for the whole day (half-days are available, too).
  • Authors Corner booths are arranged by genre close to a stage with the same interests; each Author’s corner booth contains several authors.
  • Each author in Authors Corner has their own 6-ft. table with a banner and 2 chairs alongside other tables in a 10×30 tent.
  • The festival might be able to cluster one writers’ group’s tables together (e.g., SDWEG), but organizers recommended that authors instead choose placement of your table in the Authors Corner with your specific genre (versus close to friends or other first-time authors). They also recommend getting your own table, rather than sharing a table with the goal of fostering networking and outreach with illustrators, publishers, and other authors.
  • Last year’s festival was blazing hot; prepare accordingly.

Words of wisdom to first-time authors from one of the co-founders:

ENGAGEMENT! Promoting your book and wanting to make sales at any book festival requires attractive, exciting, colorful, engagement with the kids and their parents. It doesn’t matter where your table is placed or how many other authors are around you.

Sitting behind a table, waiting for people to come up to you, is not the way anyone will sell books. The authors who demonstrate excitement and colorful, attractive displays sell the most books.

Helpful links:

Robyn Budlender

Know A Student Who Wants To Be A Writer?

April 10th marked Encourage a Young Writer Day, and to celebrate, Caitlin Stewart, Resource Coordinator at the Center for School, College, and Career Resources in Reno, Nevada, rounded up some of her organization’s favorite writing resources to help inspire the world’s next great writers. She shared those resources with the Guild. If you know of a student interested in a writing career, please share this message with them.

The first guide details the steps young people can take to become a professional writer, an overview of career concentrations and related jobs, and the skills they’ll need to be successful:

How to Become a Writer –

The second resource is a go-to guide for students that walks them through what they need to know to improve their writing skills in college. It details various writing styles and lists available writing tools and apps:

Writing Guide for College Students –

The last guide Caitlin shared was created with help from four experts in English language and writing. It breaks down common essays students will encounter in school, how to nail the research and outline process and keep their writing on track. It also lists common writing mistakes and how they can avoid them. You can read more here:

Student Guide to Academic Writing and Research –

The Center for School, College, and Career Resources believe that by sharing these guides, they can help aspiring writers cultivate a love of writing.

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From our Mailbag: Flash Fiction Contest

$3000 for under 1000 words

// small. POWERFUL. //

The Masters Review* love of flash fiction runs deep. They are proud now to offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Send us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words.


  • Winner receives $3000 and publication
  • Second and third place prizes are $200 and $100 respectively
  • Stories under 1000 words
  • Previously unpublished stories only
  • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
  • Emerging writers only (They are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
  • International submissions allowed
  • $20 entry fee allows up to two stories – if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document.
  • Deadline: May 31, 2018
  • Please no identifying information on your story
  • All stories are considered for publication
  • Dazzle us
  • Have a question? Check out their FAQ!

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2017 Winners

“Out and Out” by Latifa Ayad

Second Place Story:
“Lions in The House” by Beejay Silcox

Third Place Story:
“The Wheelchair” Mahreen Sohail

Honorable Mentions:
“Road Trip” by Rachel Attias
“Balter Cafe” by Elle Flythe

Author Rights

The Masters Review will purchase first serial rights for three months after publication, at which point all rights revert back to the author. Any reprints during that time are welcome, we simply ask for permission and acknowledgement.

*The Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. They are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. They offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines, submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

Upcoming Writer Events

  • April 7 — Mystery on the Shelf, San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Ave., downtown San Diego. This free event is designed to appeal to both writers and readers of mysteries and crime-related fiction. Two keynote speakers and three panels will be featured. Go to:
  • April 19-21 — Las Vegas Writers’ Conference, Tuscany Hotel, Las Vegas. In addition to lectures and panels of writing professionals, this conference features a one-day workshop with Jane Friedman, designed to inspire and educate you on how to build a career in writing. For details, go to
  • April 21-22 — 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC campus, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, and artists creating their work on-site. For details, go to:
  • May 19-20 — 7th annual 805 Writers’ Conference, Thousand Oaks, CA. With a stellar line-up of guest speakers, this year’s conference at the Thousand Oaks Library will focus on the business of writing. It is co-sponsored by the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network and the Independent Writers of Southern California. Go to

Expired: Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2018

Did you miss that very brief window for submission of your short story to the San Diego Public Library competition in March? Here’s another opportunity.

The following announcement of a short story competition arrived in the Guild’s inbox recently.

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction may now enter the 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-six year history of literary excellence, and Lorian Hemingway and her small judging panel are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, a granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over.

Ms. Hemingway is the competition’s final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second- and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

Eligibility requirements for our 2018 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains the property of the author.

Who may submit:

The literary competition is open to all US and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions.

Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements.

No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.The author’s name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count.

Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2018. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2018. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline.

Entries postmarked after May 15, 2018 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2018 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2018 competition beginning May 16, 2017.

How to pay your entry fee:

Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid — in US funds — via a personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions
Winners of our 2018 competition will be posted in July 2018 on our website, and also on our Facebook page. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally.

All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 2011 Key West, FL 33045 c/o Cynthia D. Higgs: Key West Editorial Assistant or submitted online. For more information, please explore this website or e-mail:

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