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Next month is an incredible month for poetry and writing in Alabama. The Magic City Poetry Festival will be take over Birmingham, Alabama in the first week of April. Here's the schedule so far:

OPENING NIGHT MIXER & OPEN MIC
Monday, April 2 from 6-8 pm at Studio 2500

"50 YEARS POST-MLK: MEDIA, THE MAGIC CITY, AND HOW THE SOUTH WAS WON"
Wednesday, April 4 from 6-8 pm at the Birmingham Civil Rights Insitutte

WINE, CHEESE, AND POETRY SOCIAL
Thursday, April 5 from 6-8 pm at Naked Art Gallery

COMMUNITY POETRY SHOWCASE: MCPF FINALE
Saturday, April 7 from 3-5 pm at D.I.S.C.O.

We are so grateful to the sponsors, businesses, and individuals that make this event possible. Learn more about Festival Director, Ashley M. Jones, from this wonderful piece in Style Blueprint

In the meantime, please keep sending your wonderful publications, writings, inspirations, and current activities to me at rainscented@gmail.com. Be sure to send any links to recent journal publications, especially those online publications that we can all enjoy for free. And thank you so much for making Alabama a more writerly place.

Best wishes,
Alina Stefanescu, Newsletter Editor & Publicity Chair
 
Congratulations to our amazing Ashley M. Jones, who won the prestigious Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press for her book dark // thing. Anyone who attends the annual AWC conference this year should be sure not to miss Ashley's Friday workshop--a chance to learn up close. + Susan Martinello read a poem from her forthcoming book manuscript for a "Culturally Speaking with Tod Jonson," a Fairhope, AL radio program that aired on February 22, 2018. Programs are archived and availabe online at wabfradio.com. Joe Taylor has a lively & wonderful short story up in the first issue of Red Dirt Forum, a press we profiled in this newsletter a few months ago. Purchase a copy and learn more.  + Alina Stefanescu has two flash fiction pieces, "Long Flight" and "Warlock v. Cognitive Therapy", in the current issue of Juked, which you can read online for free. +  We're currently assembling an online Bookshelf page featuring book publications by AWC authors so please email a link to your book to our webmaster at rainscented@gmail.com. + Don't forget to check our web calendar for other events near you. 
 
Faith Garbin reads from her poetry collection, How We Bury Our Dead, at the Negative Capability Press reading in Mobile.
Our 2018 Membership Drive

We'd like to extend a special welcome to new and returning members including Debra Burrell (Birmingham, AL), Christine Riddell (Foley, AL), Neil Dennis (Birmingham, AL), Laura Secord (Birmingham, AL), Frank McCollum, and Taylor Taylor. 

If you haven't renewed your membership, this is a great time to do it. Also consider gifting an AWC membership to a young writer you'd like to mentor or an emerging writer that would thrive in an encouraging network.
Renew Your AWC Membership


A new book by AWC Member Don Keith
 

In this straight-shooting, real-world book, award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith takes you through the steps to give your creation the best chance of finding a publisher…and, more importantly to some, having it read and appreciated.
 
Keith uses his own experiences and real-world observations to help the would-be author avoid traps and scams, find a literary agent, translate a publishing contract and royalty statement, and even investigate the exciting new opportunities in self-publishing and print-on-demand (POD). Keith has been there and pulls no punches when talking about the chances for finding fame and fortune by writing and publishing books. In simple language, this author of more than two-dozen books—including best-sellers and works now in pre-production as major motion pictures—tells prospective writers exactly how to improve their odds of getting a book published, promoted, sold, and read.

Keith uses his own experiences and real-world observations to help the would-be author avoid traps and scams, find a literary agent, translate a publishing contract and royalty statement, and even investigate the exciting new opportunities in self-publishing and print-on-demand (POD). Keith has been there and pulls no punches when talking about the chances for finding fame and fortune by writing and publishing books. In simple language, this author of more than two-dozen books—including best-sellers and works now in pre-production as major motion pictures—tells prospective writers exactly how to improve their odds of getting a book published, promoted, sold, and read.
 

Award-winning and best-selling author Don Keith has lived in the South all his life and is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  As a broadcast journalist, he won awards from the Associated Press and United Press International for news writing and reporting and was also the first winner of Troy University's Hector Award for innovation in broadcast journalism. His first novel, The Forever Season, received the Alabama Library Association's "Fiction of the Year" award.  He has since published more than thirty books, fiction and non-fiction, including the nationally best-selling thrillers. His writing has also appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, CQ Magazine, The American Legion Magazine, The K9YA Telegraph, and The Irish Times.

Don has written extensively about World War II history. He sponsors Untold Millions Project, an effort to encourage the gathering and publication of eyewitness accounts of major historical events such as the Great Depression, World War II and other wars, the space program, the Civil Rights struggle, and more. He lives in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, with his wife, Charlene. You can learn more about his life and experiences from his website

“Make a point of showing up for others,” Taeckens says. “You must build your ecosphere.” (And other advice on how to manage publicity as a writer.)
PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES AND DEADLINES:

March 30: Poet Ashley M. Jones is guest editing the poetry section of Southern Women's Review. Submit up to 5 unpublished pieces to southernwomensreview@gmail.com.  
March 31: Orchard Street Press Poetry Contest
April 1st: Saturnalia Prize for Poetry Book
May 1st: The Sow's Ear Poetry Chapbook Competition
May 31st: Annual John & Miriam Morris Memorial Chapbook Prize (see below)
June 30th: Unicorn Press First Book Competition

August 1: Submissions to Orison Books' Simone Weil anthology (see below)
 

CALL FOR ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSIONS RE: SIMONE WEIL

Orison Books invites submissions of work that engages the life and writing of Simone Weil, 20th-century French mystic, social activist, and theologian, for a forthcoming anthology.

We are interested in literary work in all genres, including poetry, essay, drama, and hybrid-genre work. Authors or publishers may submit previously published or unpublished work. The anthology will be co-edited by George David Clark, Luke Hankins, Susan L. Miller, and Jessie van Eerden. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology upon publication.

Send submissions as a Word, RTF, or PDF document along with author information to: weilanthology@gmail.comDeadline is August 1, 2018.

Ink in Thirds Accepting Free Submissions

Editor Grace Black is currently seeking submissions to Ink In Thirds, a "magazine of poised prose, precarious poetry, and photography to pilot our own realms again."

In return for accepting free submissions of photography, prose and poetry, Ink In Thirds will be submitting nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and The Best Small Fictions.

Learn more about past contributors and take the time to submit your own pieces.  
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