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Writers League of Texas 2020 Manuscript Contest

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The Writers League of Texas has announced its guidelines for its 2020 manuscript contest. League members and others living in Texas or elsewhere can submit excerpts of unpublished manuscripts for books in ten genres. The deadline is midnight in Central Standard Time on March 10, 2020.  Winners in each category will receive a free registration to its Agents and Editors Conference to be held June 26-28, 2020 in Austin, Texas. They will also have the opportunity to talk individually in person at the conference or by phone with a top literary agent for their book genre. All of those submitting manuscripts will have the option to receive a written critique of their manuscript. For more information, visit http://www.writersleague.org. Click on the link for classes and programs and then on the one for contests and awards.

 

Using a Speech Planning Template

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Using a speech planning template can help you be more effective and efficient in writing presentations.

This should include the essential elements of writing, organizing and formatting a speech.

I provide my speechwriting clients with a planning template that I have designed.

I also write posts on speechwriting on my website’s blog at

https://jankilby.com/blog.

If you want to know more about my template or any of my services, contact me through the form at https://jankilby.com/contact.

Begin the New Year by Expressing Your Gratitude in Writing

thank-you-noteThe start of a new year is a great time to thank those who have helped you succeed as a writer in the past one.

If you’re an aspiring or published author, send a handwritten thank-you note to your agent, editors, publishers, book reviewers, mentors, or teachers.

If you’re in business, send a note to those who have critiqued your drafts or provided opportunities for you to develop or demonstrate your writing skill.

Advice for Legal Writers

Lady Justice in gold legal writing.jpgLawyers, like those in other professions, have a unique writing challenge. They must communicate specialized knowledge in a way that’s understandable to anyone. To be successful, they can benefit from using Microsoft Word’s readability statistics feature. Having their writing critiqued and receiving editing training can also help.

 

Guideposts Magazine’s 2018 Writers Workshop Contest

Consider entering Guideposts Magazine’s 20writing-923882__340[1]18 writers workshop contest. The workshop will be held from Oct. 12-18, 2018 in Rye, New York.  The twelve participants selected will have all of their expenses paid. The magazine’s editors will teach them how to write inspirational true stories of their own or about others. Those attending will also be considered for future writing opportunities in Guideposts and other magazines the organization publishes. Guidelines for the contest with an entry deadline of June 10, 2018, are at www.guideposts.org.

 

Start the New Year by Expressing Your Gratitude in Writing

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to express gratitude to those who have helped you succeed as a writer in the past one.

If you’re an aspiring or published author, send handwritten thank-you notes to agents, editors, publishers, book reviewers, mentors, teachers, critique group members and others.

If you’re in the workplace, thank those who have critiqued your drafts or given you opportunities to develop or demonstrate your writing skill.

An Upcoming Editing Class

path-2741259__340[1]To learn how to make your manuscripts more publishable, consider taking my upcoming class on Editing Your Creative Writing for Publication. I will teach it from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1, 2018. This will be offered by the community education program of North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas. To read a description of it in the adult program catalog and to register for it, visit https://communityed.neisd.net. This can help you on your road to success.