Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for August 7

The weather continues to be beautiful
and it is hard to stay inside. Nevertheless, exciting events held inside are
waiting for us too.  Here are some offered to us this week.
Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us scheduled for Oct. 3 -11. We would like to
invite everyone to sign up by clicking the participation form on the right side
of the website at 
www.alaskabookweek.com. Once you submit your form, the
coordinator will be in contact with you soon. This year, we are making more of
an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can
expand on our yearly celebration–and provide more representation for authors
and their wonderful books!
We would also like to remind Alaska Book
Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly
For questions or comments, please
contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at 
akbookweek@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Publishing Success through Writer’s
 is the topic authors Marc Cameron, Molly Gray, Basil Sands, and
Brooke Hartman will discuss on Wednesday, August 12th,
 at the Barnes
& Noble in Anchorage. The event will be moderated by Sefanie Tatalias
and is free and open to the public.
Anchorage Museum has posted their Schedule of Programs for July and August.
www.anchoragemuseum.org/media for the full list of events. Below
are some of the highlights. To confirm details and dates, call the Marketing
and Public Relations Department at 
(907) 929-9227.
Call for Stories of Summer Adventure. Are you having the best summer? Prove
it and share your tales with a Pecha Kucha style presentation on Aug.
. Contact lgarrod@anchoragemuseum.org by Aug. 14 if you
would like to be a presenter.
Promote your book at the National Federation of Press Women
Annual Conference, September 10 –
 at the Captain Cook Hotel
Anchorage. Alaska Professional Communicators will provide at no charge an
opportunity for authors to sign and sell their books. Attendees, conference
speakers, and APC members can sign up for a place at the authors’ tables on both
Fri., Sept. 11, 3:45 – 4:30 PM and Sat., Sept. 12, 4:00 – 4:30 PM. Contact
Lizzie Newell at lizzie-n@gci.net to let her know the name of your
book(s). We will provide attendees a list of participating authors and their
Poetry Parley will be on hiatus for July and
August. Starting September 20
th at Hugi-Lewis Studio, Parley will kick off a new season
with readings from 10 (plus) local poets. There will be no marquee poet. Send a
note to 
poetryparley@gmail.com if you want to be considered. We
will hold a few slots for new readers.
Events at the UAA Bookstore
Local Library Events
Book Signings
Fireside Books in Palmer celebrates The Life and Times of Matanuska Valley
. You will find
in this book interviews of 55 Valley Pioneers with new and vintage photos,
recipes and a few jokes
Meet few of the pioneers at Fireside Books Friday August 7th,
from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 
by Sharon Benson and Joann Utt and with the help of many volunteers,
this 200 pages anthology contains stories from people you will know from
Palmer, Wasilla and other areas in the Valley.
Meet Author AdriAnne Strickland Saturday August
8th at 2:00pm
, who
is back with the follow-up to her Young Adult adventure, Wordless. The
second book is called Lifeless and it promises to be quite the
Event address: Fireside Books, 720
S Alaska St. Palmer, AK 99645
The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the
Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker
and Joe Usibelli, to 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.
Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who
receives the awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this
year. For more information, and to apply, go to 
:http://bit.ly/2015AKLitAwards. The deadline for entries is August
31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT
The Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship awards recognize and support Alaska
emerging artists of exceptional talent. In the 2015 cycle, a select number of
$2,500 fellowships will be awarded to individual artists working in visual art,
including film, digital and media arts. For more information, and to apply, go
http://bit.ly/2015BoocheverFellows. The deadline for entries is August
31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.
The 2016 Governor’s Awards ceremony will be held in Juneau
on Thursday, January 28th. We will also continue the tradition of
scheduling CHAMP Day (Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a
legislative fly-in day, on Wednesday, January 27th. Please
start brainstorming ideas for nominees and consider submitting a nomination!
The nomination process will open in August. This year’s Arts
categories will be: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts &
Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of
previous awardees can be found at 
2016 Statewide Arts and Culture
take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April
28th through Saturday, April 30th
. We are in the process of
exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening.
Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning
and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to
be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any
ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing 
The Anchorage Economic Development
Corporation (AEDC)
conducting a survey to inform its Live. Work. Play. Initiative, which seeks to
make Anchorage the number one city in America to live work and play by 2025. If
you live in Anchorage and care about the arts, please take a moment to add your
voice to this survey-it’s just two VERY short questions! 
Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for
schools deadline is October 15, 2015Click
 to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from
Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 
Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts
May 2015. www.AlaskaWritersGuild.com
Alaska Women Speak is currently collecting writing for the
fall issue.  The theme is “Fireweed.”  All submissions due
August 15th.  Please email 
Alaska Women Speak is also looking for a responsible
maven fluent with InDesign (CS6) layout and website savvy to join the
all-volunteer crew as Layout Editor. Here’s your chance to create for a 
23rd year in the running, statewide, quarterly
This is not a site-specific volunteer opportunity, but sound Internet
connection is required. Occasional Skype sessions apply. If interested, we’d
love to hear from you. Please contact us at 
13 Chairs Literary Journal, a new literary journal publishing
short stories and poetry from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and
volunteers. They are currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of
JBER, AK. To learn more, and to submit, email info@13chairs.com or visit 
You still have until August 15 to apply to the Rasmuson Foundation Artist
Residency Program
, which is accepting applications from
Alaska artists and writers interested in a fully-funded two-month residency in
the Lower 48. The 
eligibility requirements have changed—Alaska-based artists
who have not received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are now
also eligible to apply. Potential applicants are invited to attend in-person or
by teleconference. More information can be found at 
rasmuson.org. If you have questions about
the program, contact Jayson Smart at 
jsmart@rasmuson.org or call 907-297-2882
As we all know, back-to-school time is
getting close. This also means the issue of author signing is raised at the
Barnes & Noble has scheduled school book fairs and
fundraising events and is in demand for local children’s book author presenters.
If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact Renee 
Millner, Community Business Development Manager at 907-279-7323 or email her at crm2784@bn.com
Have news or events you’d like to see
listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) gmail.com. Your message must be
received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless
your event falls in the “Opportunities” category, it should occur no
more than 30 days from when we receive your email.

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