Literary Roundup | August 10-16, 2018


WASILLA | Friday, August 17th, 3-5 PM | Mary Havens will present her book, The Shadows in My Heart, at Wasilla Public Library. She will be sharing snippets for writing a memoir, have books for sale, and be signing copies. See author’s Facebook page here.

ANCHORAGE | July-Sept, 2018 | Danger Close Alaska: programming meant to build a literary community of civilians and veterans. One night per month for six consecutive months (three remaining), Danger Close will focus on food, drink, discussion, and writing on different topics, shared between veterans and civilians. See event details and register on 49 Writers website page.

  • August 22, 2018: Fifth Session | 5:30-7 PM plus optional thirty minutes for additional sharing/discussion | Co-teachers Kathleen Tarr (author of We Are All Poets Here) and Antionette Johnson (Air Force veteran) will be at Hearth leading an evening of food, discussion, and writing around the topic of belief. Fee: $10 or $5 for veterans; includes pizza; drinks available for purchase. Advanced registration required. Click link above for details and registration.

PALMER | Alaska State Fair 2018 dates: August 23 – September 3 | Alaskan authors, illustrators, and publishers can have their books available to 300,000 Fair participants, and we’re looking for more books to showcase! There will be multiple avenues for book marketing and promotion in addition to sales at the booth. For more information check out:


WRANGELL | Flying Island Writers & Artists group meets every other Monday 6:30-8 PM. Contact Vivian Faith Prescott for more information


TUTKA BAY LODGE | The 9th Annual 49 Writers Tutka Bay Writers Retreat with Hannah Tinti will take place September 7-9, 2018. This generative writers retreat blends craft talks, in-class writing, readings, and discussion with unstructured time to experience the immersive natural environment or concentrate further on writing. Your weekend of instruction and inspiration will take place at Tutka Bay Lodge, named by Fodor in 2012 as one of the World’s Top 100 places to stay. Tutka Bay is a remote and rugged fjord characterized by soaring mountains, secluded beaches, old growth forest, and dramatic tidal fluctuations. To get there you fly or drive to the fishing community of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula (225 miles south of Anchorage) then take a 20-minute water taxi ride across Kachemak Bay. On the way you will observe a variety of shore and water birds, and there is always the possibility of sighting sea otters, orcas, and humpbacks. Apply now! 

Hannah Tinti is the author of three books of fiction. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, was published in March 2017 by The Dial Press (U.S.A.) and Tinder Press (U.K.), and has been optioned by director Matt Reeves/6th & Idaho, producer Michael Costigan/Cota Films & Endemol Shine. It has been nominated for an Edgar Award, and was named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, The Washington Post and Paste Magazine.


Alaska Women’s Speak: Call for submissions! Deadline: August 15. Alaska women have stories to tell. Alaska Women Speak is the journal devoted to their expression of ideas, literature and art. Published quarterly, this Fall’s theme is Ghosts and Spirits. Submit via their website here.

Deadline: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 9:59 PM AST | The 2018 Alaska Literary Awards Application is open! The Awards recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres. Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply and quality of the submission is the primary consideration for the award. Deadline for submission is Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 9:59 PM AST. For more information and to submit, visit the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation website here.

Alaska Writers Guild‘s quarterly writing contest, open to members and non-members alike, is open for children’s lit through August 24, and poetry through November 16, 2018. Sadly, submissions for fiction are closed. More details:

The Alaska Writers Guild’s Lin Halterman Memorial Grant: applications open through September 5, 2018. For 2018, the Lin Halterman Grant will offer three separate monetary awards of $500 for use toward literary pursuits. See their website for more details and to apply.

Wildheart, an Alaskan women’s magazine, is accepting submissions through October 14, 2018 for their Winter issue. The theme will be Change: stories of weather, scenery, mind, mood, and heart. See their website for details and to submit.

Hometown Reads is in Anchorage! A website dedicated to locating authors near you, Hometown Reads has a section for Anchorage. Sign up to have your book displayed and join the Facebook page to brainstorm ways to advertise and sell books locally. Check it out at

What’s missing? Submit your announcement for the next Roundup. Send an email with “Roundup” as the subject to 

Thank You for Your Support! 49 Writers members and donors make this blog, our workshops, Crosscurrents events, Readings and Craft Talk series, and other special programs and activities possible. Not a member yet? Join Us

Scroll to Top