Expired: Memoir Showcase Submission Window Now Open

Memoir Showcase 2017

Save the Date! And note the May 20 event described below.

Please place October 23rd on your calendar, as the San Diego Memoir Association and San Diego Writers, Ink would love to have you at the Showcase. Here are the basics of how the San Diego Memoir Showcase works.

What is the Memoir Showcase?

The short answer:

Short Memoir Pieces (monologues) will be acted out on stage by professional actors at North Coast Rep on October 23rd. The SD Memoir Showcase is produced by San Diego Writers, Ink and the San Diego Memoir Association.

The longer answer:

Writers from across San Diego will submit 5-6 page pieces (12 point font, double spaced) during the submission period.

The theme this year is: Where I Come From (writers can interpret the theme in any way that they are inspired)

Approximately 8-10 writers will be selected. These writers will be matched with writing coaches who will help them hone and polish their pieces.

The directors will then receive the polished pieces. The directors will hold auditions and select professional actors and actresses to perform the pieces. Writers will then meet for a roundtable read of their pieces with their selected professional actor/actress and their director. Writers will have the opportunity to hear their pieces read and offer input during a collaborative discussion.

The pieces will be performed on October 23rd at North Coast Repertory.

Important Dates in a Snapshot

  • Submission Period: May 15 – June 20th
  • Free Class for Writers on Crafting their Submission: May 20th from 10-12 at San Diego Writers, Ink
  • Judging Period: June 20th – July 20th
  • Writing Coach Period: July 20th – September 1st
  • Rehearsal Period: September 2nd – Oct 22nd
  • Prep for Performance (for crew): Oct 5 – October 22nd
  • Performance: October 23rd at North Coast Rep

Please feel free to contact Marni Freedman (Marnifreedman18@gmail.com) if you have further questions or comments.

The SD Memoir Showcase Team

Submissions Wanted

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 (rthlys@cox.net) 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 icrewdigital@gmail.com 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 authors@warwicks.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.

Expired: Submissions Wanted

San Diego's Coffeehouse and Cafe Newsletter, ESPRESSO, invites submissions of essays, poetry, short stories, and commentary for consideration and possible inclusion in its yearly magazine, Musings, which showcases local cafe writers and artists' works. Submissions of all kinds are welcome and may cover any subject matter.

To submit: To prevent ESPRESSO editors from suffering excessive eye strain, all submissions should be on paper and sent via US Postal Service to their address below. Submissions should include cover letters with brief comments on anything about your work(s) the editors need to know. The cover materials must include your name, contact—including phone—and affirmation that work is original. Submission is free and unlimited.

For work to be returned, it must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For those works chosen, ESPRESSO will contact authors and invite them to send electronic files (if appropriate) after the closing deadline.

Deadline for submission: November 1, 2017.

Publication of Musings will occur in December 2017. Its format will resemble ESPRESSO and have a print run of 5,000 units duplicating the first run of the newspaper in 1992.  ESPRESSO will celebrate publication with a reading of works by their authors to be held in coffeehouses throughout San Diego.

See your work in print and be heard the old-fashioned way: ink on your fingers and reading aloud in front of an appreciative crowd.

Submission address:
P.O. Box 120390
San Diego, CA 92112-0390
Attn: Musings

Calls for Submissions

Looking for a place to submit your writing? The Writing Career website has been helping authors connect with freelance opportunities that pay since 2013. Check out these options from that site.

  • Anthology - http://writingcareer.com/call-for-anthology-submissions/
  • Fiction - http://writingcareer.com/call-for-fiction-submissions/
  • Nonfiction - http://writingcareer.com/call-for-nonfiction-submissions/
  • Poetry - http://writingcareer.com/call-for-poetry-submissions/

Occasionally other submission opportunities come to the Guild's attention through our e-mail account or website. Below are two recent arrivals. Please note the Guild does not endorse these opportunities. Review the information carefully and make your own decisions regarding their value to you.

  • Positive Writer.com Writing Contest - March 1, 2017, deadline for an anthology of essays intended to inspire someone else with a personal story. No entry fee. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners get Amazon gift cards, autographed books by Jerry B. Jenkins or Bryan Hutchinson, and tuition to Writers Crushing Doubt online course.
  • Tales2InspireTM - March 31, 2017, deadline for an anthology of nonfiction inspirational or motivational pieces. No entry fee. Selected pieces will be posted on the Tales2InspireTM website which highlights other platform building benefits of participating in the project.