From the May issue of The Writer's Life
First Call for Open Mic Night: The July 24th meeting of SDW/EG will continue the traditional “Open Mic Night.” Open to the first 18 members who sign up, the evening is pure entertainment–giving members a chance to hear what other members write, a chance to read their work out loud (that first time is sometimes scary), and to give/receive brief written feedback from other members. Each reader is allotted three (yes, three!) minutes to read a selection from his/her own writing, so it behooves readers to time themselves before the event. To read at Open Mic night, members may sign up at the regular meeting with your name, title, and email address, or by emailing Ruth LeyseWallace (email@example.com) with “Open Mic” in the subject line.
Rick Lakin is looking for beta readers for his first novel, a YA sci-fi tale. He is about 8,000 words in, and would like to send out weekly rushes. In exchange for notes and criticism, he will provide a signed copy and include the reader’s name in the Acknowledgements section of his book. Contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Warwick’s “Weekends with Locals” program is currently accepting submissions for author signings to be held at their La Jolla bookstore. To apply, authors must currently reside within San Diego County, and this should be the author’s first event in San Diego. Titles must have been published within the past year. CreateSpace titles will not be considered, and books must be available from distributors Ingram or Baker & Taylor. Does your book qualify? If so, email email@example.com for consideration, or see http://www.warwicks.com/local-authorsubmission-guidelines for more information.
The annual Steve Kowit Poetry Prize opens to submissions on June 15. For more information, see http://www.sdeag.org.