Well Versed 2018 Rules and Submission Guidelines
- All entries must be received via email (hard copy is not necessary) no later than January 31, 2018
Entry fees for members are included with paid membership.
Prose $15.00 each – 3 maximum,
1 bundle of up to 3 Poems $15.00
- or enclose your name, mailing address, phone, email and entry title(s) as shown below matching your document entries, attach check, and mail to
CCMWG, P.O. Box 7628, Columbia, MO 65205-7628
- Email electronic copies (formatted as directed above) to email@example.com. Subject line: Your Last Name, Categories you are entering
For example: Schulte, Fiction and Flash Fiction
- Selected manuscripts and category winners will be announced on APRIL 9th, 2018 via email and website
- If selected, ALL entry changes must be received by April 16th, 2018 (including name changes or biography changes). **Changes will not be accepted after that date.
- Well Versed 2018 will be released on JUNE 3rd, 2018
- Submissions are judged in a two-tier process, a panel of Guild members reviews them and identifies the finalist that will be sent to our second round ‘independent’ judges and the submissions that will be included in the book. Members only review submissions for categories that they haven’t entered themselves. Our independent judges are professional editors, publishers and writers.
- The editors may be on the review committees and also make final decisions on the rules and content included in the book.
- All contributors receive a copy of the book and a payment of $1.00.
- For a list of winners, check CCMWG website CCMWG.org after April 9th, 2018. Winners will also be announced in the CCMWG newsletter and at the CCMWG meeting.
Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Category Winners:
- 1st Place $50
- 2nd Place $30
- 3rd Place $20
- “Judge’s Pick”
Flash Fiction (closed): the winning entries from our summer contest will be judged for best overall)
- 1st Place
- 2nd Place
- “Judge’s Pick”
- Entries must be unpublished at the time of submission
- Entries must be the original work of the entrant
- The language in entries should be suitable for a general audience and not offensive.
- No entries containing pornography, graphic violence, explicit or gratuitous sex, and scatological content will be accepted. (Please keep all submissions PG)
- This contest is open to all writers. Entrants are not required to be CCMWG members
- Fees: There are no fees for CCMWG members to submit entries. Members may enter up to two prose entries and three poetry entries.
- Nonmembers is $15 per prose entry and $15 for up to three poems. Checks should be payable to CCMWG, P.O. Box 7628, Columbia, MO 65205-7628
- All individuals are limited to two prose and three poetry entries. Entrants may join CCMWG for dues of $25 for one year. Checks should be payable to CCMWG.
- CCMWG assumes no responsibility for misdirected entries.
Individual Category Guidelines:
- Poems need to be submitted in both a .PDF file (to show desired formatting) and a .DOC file.
- Poetry may be any style.
- Poetry may address any subject (except explicit content as noted above).
- Poems are limited to 50 lines.
- Entrants are limited to three poems.
- Each poem must be submitted as a separate file.
- Lines should be single-spaced, with a double-space between verses.
- Please note: A line width in the book is approximately 4.3 inches. If a line of your poem is wider than 4.3 inches in a 12 point font, it will be wrapped to the next line and may not appear as you expect.
Prose (Fiction and Nonfiction)
- Entrants are limited to a total of three pieces whether fiction, flash fiction or nonfiction.
- Prose will be limited to 2000 words; manuscripts over 2000 words will be not be considered.
- Stories may be on any subject (except explicit content as noted above).
By submitting to Well Versed 2018, you give permission for your story to be published unless you submit a withdrawal, in writing, by March 31, 2018. CCMWG purchases first rights. If your submission is chosen, payment upon publication is one copy of the issue in which the work appears, plus $1.00 per piece accepted.
Submission formatting (incorrect entries will be returned):
- Single spaced (don’t add space between paragraphs unless it is an intentional story break)
- First line indent set to .3 (not spaces)
- No page numbers
- No header or footers in the document
- Written in Times New Roman 12 point font
- Standard document margins (1”)
- Left justify paragraphs
- One space after end of sentences
- The author’s name and contact information must not appear on the manuscript
- Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email subject line: Your Last Name, Categories you are entering
For example: Schulte, Fiction and Flash Fiction
- Email body: Well Versed 2018 submissions attached. (do not copy and paste submissions into the body of the email or they will be returned.)
- ONE cover sheet attached to the submission email as a separate document.
- Name (as will be printed in the anthology)
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Author biography written in third person of 75 words or less
- Each title submitted and the intended category
- Word count for each piece submitted
- Each manuscript attached to the email in its own Microsoft Word document. The manuscript document should NOT contain the author’s name anywhere in it.
- The only file formats accepted are .DOC, .DOCX and .RTF.
- Document titles should read TITLE(dot)CATEGORY.
For example: If my manuscript is titled Clean Slate and I want to submit it into the Fiction category it would look like this when I save the file
Welcome to our new president and board members for 2017! As we start a new year, remember our motto: Nurturing Writers…that’s what we do.
Deb Sutton wrote her first book while in high school and promptly experienced her first rejection. Her school librarian, Mr. D, told her—kindly—that it lacked originality. This motivated her to not only learn the craft but to expand her horizons. She is a self-published author of the novel, Broken Sidewalks, and has several entries in the Well Versed 2015 Anthology. Her screenplay of Broken Sidewalks won Honorable Mention in the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Deb is a veteran of the Air Force and has a degree in psychology from Truman University and an MSW from the University of Missouri. She’s currently a social worker for the Children’s Division and is involved in her local United Methodist Church.
Vice President/Well Versed Co-Editor-Maggie Maginness
Maggie Maginness’s top interests are ecology, education, fiction and animals (horses in particular). She has master’s degrees in Journalism and Environmental Education. She applies her combined interests in science and communication to writing about science. Her published writing includes science news stories, but she hopes to soon add a novel with an ecology backbone to her list of accomplishments. When she’s not working at Alan Meyer Law, riding her horses or hanging with her family, you can find her writing, editing, researching, and brainstorming, working to put science into fiction that isn’t science fiction.
Treasurer/Well Versed Co-Editor-Charles Tutt
Charles was born 13 days before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor sweeping America into WWII. His early years witnessed rationing and scarcity as America put everything it had into the war effort. His family, though they didn’t have electricity or indoor plumbing, were more fortunate than most because they were farmers and enjoyed plenty of good food (and it shows on him to this day). Charles attended a one room country school where one teacher taught grades one through eight and walked a mile and a half to get there (up hill both ways) as there were no buses. Charles, like his mentor, Mark Twain, has done a little of everything throughout his life. He’s traveled to more than two dozen countries and for many years traveled the U.S. extensively as a Management Systems Engineer (consultant). He now enjoys life on his little farm as he reinvents himself to become a writer.
Administrative Assistant-Porcshe N. Moran, www.pnmmedia.com
Porcshe N. Moran, a native of the suburbs of Chicago, is a multimedia lifestyle journalist who provides engaging content for print and online media. She is a full-time freelancer and the sole proprietor of her business, PNM Media. Porcshe is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Brooklyn native Joe Polacco attended PS 200, PS 101, and Bensonhurst JHS, completing his public education at Stuyvesant HS in lower Manhattan. His BS (Cornell, 1966) and PhD (Duke 1971) emphasized Biochemistry, Chemistry and Genetics. After being an Assistant Professor at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, he entered plant science as a postdoctoral fellow at Brookhaven National Laboratories before becoming a staff geneticist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1979 he joined the Biochemistry Department of the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and introduced biotech outreach courses for non-science majors. Polacco, twice a Senior Fulbright Fellow, has extensive international research and teaching experience in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain. In his field he has written, collectively, more than 100 reviews, opinion pieces, book chapters and peer-reviewed research articles, in addition to co-editing two major monographs. On the literary side, he has published bilingual poetry (Spanish and English). “Vina, A Brooklyn Memoir” is his first full-length non-scientific book.
Membership Chair-Anne Gifford
Anne has been a writer for years in academic research and curriculum as well as sharing her experiences as an ICU nurse and interfaith hospital chaplain. She’s published in Physician magazine, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and Thanks for the Memories – an Anthology. Her doctoral dissertation on “Family Reunification and Reentry” is the basis of her current work and writing under a US Dept. of Justice grant in the TX prison system. Now semi-retired, Anne is working on two novels; often deciding which one to tackle depending on the mood or character she is in when she sits down.
Mentorship Manager-Susan Koenig
Susan Koenig has planned training events for research support personnel for ten years as part of the compliance program at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine. This involved listening to professionals and helping them connect with experts in their fields.
Member at Large-Frank Montagnino
Frank Montagnino is a retired ad man blown out of New Orleans and into Columbia by Hurricane Katrina. He has two hobbies – golf and writing stories, both of which indicate latent mental problems. Other than hundreds of ads, brochures, and contributions to Trib Talk he has never had anything published. He has, however won a couple of flash fiction events which is apropos because he clearly doesn’t have much of value to say. (P.S. He has been mistaken for George Clooney on occasion.
Member at Large-Lori Younker, email@example.com/www.WorldSoBright.org
Lori has enjoyed writing ever since her 7th grade teacher introduced her to the world of poetry. For two decades, Lori wrote curriculum and short plays for school settings . These days she is expanding her skills into the world of fiction and memoir, producing a short story collection Mongolian Interior which captures her cross-cultural experiences. Many of her stories been published and are contest winners in Missouri anthologies. Lori has used her Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language in the Graduate School of Missouri University (2010-2014) and currently as an instructor of ELLs in the public schools of Mexico, MO where she teaches children her first love: to read and write.
Hey everyone, why not dust off an old essay, poem or diary entry and share it with your cohorts at our next guild meeting. Family and Friends are welcome. Bring finger foods to share and enjoy our work read aloud. I’ll give a report of Show Me Writers Masterclass 2015 and explain our 2016 schedule.
Don’t forget our Dec 15th deadline for Well Versed 2016. You can submit via email or the mail.
Words can’t express the many ways the Masterclass conference was a success! The dawned with MU bookstore workers scurrying around setting up signs, tables and books. Classrooms were prepared and then the participants arrived 100+ strong. What with the 25 teachers and experts mixing and mingling with us…we looked like a substantial crowd. No doubt, each of us had a different take-away, an inspiring moment or a new friend. Perhaps you were inspired or have some decisions to make. Because Heather and Jenna held the whole event together from beginning to end, I was able to come away with a business model for my own work, a plan for my short stories and courage to be myself while doing it (Thanks, Tim V and Collin Wright).
Special thanks to our Masterclass Committee: Karen Mocker-Dabson, Liz Schulte, Brianna Boes, Suzanne Pautler, Cami Wheeler, Rexanna Ipock-Brown, Peggy Crawford, Sue Koenig, Andrea Lawless, Deb Sutton and Frank Montagnino.
Say for example, you wake up the morning of the Show Me Writers Masterclass, on Saturday Nov 7th and your husband or friend finally agrees to attend the event with you. Then, by all means have them come! We are taking walk-ins in the morning of the event.
Our registrations are inching toward a full 100 participants.
Mingle with our 25 speakers and mentors. As well, 10-15 volunteers will be ready to greet you. So, we will be quite a nice crowd at the Student Center. It all starts at the entrance to the MU Bookstore which is located in the food court.
Golf cart rides from Virginia Avenue Parking Garage are running back and forth from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00.
We open for registration at 8:00 a.m. and begin our full day at 9:00 a.m.
Two weeks left on our early bird special price for Show Me Writers Masterclass. We are offering full refunds if you have to cancel up to 30 days before the event. We can plan better if we know how many are coming! Register today.
Sustaining Mood via Fantasy & Science Fiction
Join us for a stimulating afternoon
Sunday, Sept 13th, 2:00 pm at Unity Center
I enjoy stories that sustain a certain mood; fantasy and science fiction allow the exploration of some particularly interesting moods. I tend to craft and revise sentences until the sound, and the mood, are just right. I often choose words simply because they have the right mouth-feel. I care about the cadence of sentences, often down to the exact number of syllables. It’s not at all scientific; it’s about what sounds right to me. This technique can be used to create a humorous mood (see “An Open Letter to Earth,” which appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction), a creepy one (see “Enfant Terrible,” also in F&SF), or a growing sense of dread (see “Queen of the Kanguellas,” winner of the 2010 Readers Choice Award from Realms of Fantasy). The demands of my day job don’t allow me much time for writing— I’m President of Columbia College— but that means when I do write, I want to create something highly polished. I consider myself very much a student of writing rather than a teacher, though I have taught fantasy and science fiction writing before. I’m a voting member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and I’ve had the good fortune to get to know some truly great authors
AUGUST 2nd— GENRE ROUND TABLES @ 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy time spent with writers who aspire gravitate toward a particular genre in common with you! Gordon Sauer from Quarry Heights Writing Workshop will join us as a min-speaker and facilitator for our discussion. Unlike April’s genre meet-ups, we will meet right at our regular meeting place of Unity Church.
Gordon Sauer earned his MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where he was a Teaching Fellow. His fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine and his nonfiction in Columbia College Today. While living in New York City, Gordon interned at The New Yorker, worked as a freelance writer for Columbia College Today, and was on the board of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. He’s been a resident on scholarship at the Vermont Studio Center and has been teaching creative writing for the past five years. Currently, Gordon is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. http://quarryheightsworkshop.blogspot.com/
Please consider attending Osher Saturday Book Talk on August 1st with one of member/authors Steve Weinberg as he shares about his writing career.
Where: Room D, 1907 Hillcrest Drive.
Details: begin to gather for coffee (part of the $3 admission) and pastry (for sale) about 9:30 a.m. The introduction begins about 9:50. I’ll talk and take questions for an hour starting at 10.