49 writers weekly round-up

Votes are pouring in, and you still have a few days left to cast yours for the best of the best in our Ode to a Dead Salmon Contest Polling (see sidebar to the right) ends Monday, August 24 at 8 a.m; one vote per reader, please Many thanks to the Anchorage Daily News for featuring the contest in yesterday’s Alaska Newsreader.

Also closing Monday: nominations for our next 49 writers online book club discussion, currently scheduled for September 28 and 29. Leave your nomination as a comment or email me at debv@gci.net. It’s fine to nominate a book that has been nominated before, as long as it’s one we haven’t read yet.

A reminder from the Rasmuson Foundation that the only Individual Artist Award application deadline, as of 2009, is once a year in March. There is NO September deadline. Due to the increased cost of convening review panels, it was decided that the funds would be put to better use in maintaining the number of grants to Alaskan artists. The NEXT (and only) DEADLINE for Individual Artist Award applications is MARCH 1, 2010.

Fairbanks author Marie Reid is marketing her new book Spirit Basket. Written with pre-teen and early teen readers in mind, the novel features historical events as experienced by an Alaska Native family. Each chapter is a new adventure of a new generation, reverently repeated and passed on with the basket across Alaska. Events span more than two centuries, yet the book length is under 150 pages. A Teaching Guide is available from the author (jeep.marie@earthlink.net). The book is listed for $11.95 at Author House, Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites. The author has a supply on hand and offers a 20% discount for orders of 10 or more ($9.55).

Finally, from Harper Collins authonomy comes the chance to have your short story published in Angry Robot author Lauren Beukes’ next book. In order to enter, all you need to do is write a short story (up to 3000 words) based in the universe Lauren created in her first novel, Moxyland. Use characters, themes and settings from her book to create your own work. Moxyland is available to read on authonomy now. The closing date for entries is September 11th 2009, and winners will be announced at this year’s FantasyCon which will be taking place in Nottingham, UK. For more information, go to http://www.fantasycon.org.uk

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