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Flash Fiction Contest 2018


LVW Invites Entries to
Fourteenth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Once again Ligonier Valley Writers is holding a Flash Fiction Contest that awards cash prizes and charges NO entry fee.  The deadline for submissions is the stroke of midnight on August 15, 2018.

As always, authors of the winning entries will be invited to read their stories aloud at various venues during the Halloween season.  Winning stories will also be published at LVW’s website.  Because these are Halloween stories, topics in past years have ranged from ghosts to dragons to spooky/scary places.  This year's topic is Bigfoot, Littlefoot, and other cryptozoological creatures of indeterminate foot size.  Let your imagination run wild.  Flash fiction means that the story must be less than 1,000 words long.  And please, no poetry.

We thank Ed Kelemen for his years of service and welcome Anita Staub as the new coordinator of the contest.  After creating the contest and running it for 13 years, Ed has stepped down to spend more time on his own writing.  For information on his books, visit www.ekelemen.com.

To save a few trees, please submit electronically.  Paste your story into the body of an email and send it to Anita at anitagrillo@live.com.  Attachments will not be opened.  The subject line must read “Flash Fiction Entry.”  Include a short bio (maximum 150 words) with your story.  For detailed submission guidelines, click the button on the left.

The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15.  There will also be three honorable mentions, which will not receive cash prizes but will be published and read aloud with the other winners.  The authors of all six winning entries will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in Ligonier Valley Writers.  This permits them to attend most LVW events free or at reduced prices.

Loyalhanna Review Publication Party July 28


Loyalhanna Review Publication Party July 28

LVW will host a publication party for its literary magazine on Saturday, July 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SAMA Museum in Ligonier (Route 711 South and One Boucher Lane).

Join us to enjoy the museum's exhibits, wine and hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment by Loyalhanna Review authors reading from their work.  The suggested donation is $10 at the door.  All donations go toward the cost of printing enough color copies of the magazine to distribute it widely throughout western Pennsylvania.  Each guest will receive a copy of the new Loyalhanna Review, hot off the presses.

Please register by July 21: Contact Ruth McDonald at RMCD1997@aol.com or (724) 836-0588.   For more information about The Loyalhanna Reviewpublication party or Ligonier Valley Writers' events, publications, and writing contests, revisit this site.

Local Students Win Poetry Prizes from Ligonier Valley Writers


Local Students Win Poetry Prizes from Ligonier Valley Writers

 

Students from schools throughout western Pennsylvania and homeschoolers were honored at Ligonier Valley Writers’ twenty-seventh annual Student Poetry Awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Barnes & Noble store in Greensburg.

 

Grades 4-6

Winner of the first prize in the Chestnut Ridge Literary Award for unrhymed verse (sponsored by Lou and Barbara Steiner) is Adleigh Myers, homeschooled (Grade 4) for  " Sweet Sap." No second or third prize was awarded in this category this year.

    

Grades 7-9

First-prize winner of the Highview Farm Award for traditional verse (sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) is Kylie Landis of Somerset Area Middle School (Grade 9), for "I'm Going to School Today.” Second-prize winner is Jordyn Keller, of Wendover Middle School (Grade 7) for "Martin”).  Third-prize winner is Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School (Grade 9) for “My Turn”).

First-prize winner of the Shirey Poetry Award for free verse (also sponsored by Bruce and Sally Shirey) is Kylie Landis of Somerset Area Middle School (Grade 9) for "In the Wind."  Second-prize winner is  Samantha Reese of  Derry Area Middle School (Grade 7) for "Meadows." Third-prize winner is Kimmy Barnard of Wendover Middle School (Grade 7) for "Nothing."

First-prize winner of the Ogden Nash Award for light humorous verse (sponsored by Anita Staub) is Natalia Sturges, Derry Area High School (Grade 9) for “English Is Phatt."  Second-prize winner is William Flow of Derry Area Middle School (Grade 8) for "Drive-In." Third-prize winner is Emily Pierce of Greater Latrobe Junior High School (Grade 8) for "Tennis."

 

Grades 10-12

In Grades 10-12, the first-prize winner of the Dr. Len Roberts Memorial Award for traditional verse (sponsored by Ruth McDonald) is Rachel Levesque of Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "If Time Were a Person." Second-prize winner is Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for “They Deserve to Know.” No third prize was awarded this year.

      First-prize winner of the Jane Robb Gallagher Award for free verse (sponsored by Judith Gallagher) is Shannon Podolski of Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "Sugarcoated." 

 Second-prize winner is Luke Duffey of  Blairsville High School (Grade 11) for "Praying for Prey." Third-prize winner is Faith McDowell of Ligonier Valley High School (Grade 11) for  “Who I Want to Be."

      First-prize winner of the Marie Martin Memorial Award for romantic poetry (sponsored by Phil and Mary Lou Fleming) is Faith McDowell for “Love Is Strong." No second or third prize was awarded this year.

            One student, Faith McDowell, had a remarkable sweep in the three Grades 10-12 categories: third prize in the Jane Robb Gallagher Award, second prize in the Dr. Len Roberts Memorial Award, and first prize in the Marie Martin Memorial Award. Faith has won at least one award in the LVW poetry contest every year since 2013.

            Natalia Sturges won two awards: first prize in the Ogden Nash Awards and third prize in the Highview Farm Award. And Kylie Landis won both first prize in the Highview Farm Award  and first prize in the Shirey Poetry Award. Special congratulations to Faith, Natalia, and Kylie.

 The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers, and others. These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books).

            Ligonier Valley Writers is an all-volunteer nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. It offers events throughout the year, including the flash fiction writing contest and various talks and workshops. It also publishes the annual Loyalhanna Review. For more about any LVW events, publications, and writing contests, as well as lessons on how to write poetry, visit www.LVWonline.org

LVW's Annual Potluck Picnic Sept. 16


Mark your calendar now for LVW's annual potluck picnic.  It's Sunday, September 16, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector.  This program is free for LVW members and $5 for nonmembers.  The public is welcome to attend.

Phantom Detectives on Vacation




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Student Poetry Contest 2018


The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers and others.  These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books).  Special congratulations to Faith McDowell and Nicole Fratrich, who won three awards each this year.  Faith has won every year since 2013, including the McGough in 2013.  Congratulations also to Mara Myers, who won two awards.  Several other students are repeat winners.  For the full list, please click on the button on the left.

Flash Fiction 2018


LVW Invites Entries to
Fourteenth Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Once again Ligonier Valley Writers is holding a Flash Fiction Contest that awards cash prizes and charges NO entry fee.  The deadline for submissions is the stroke of midnight on August 15, 2018.

As always, authors of the winning entries will be invited to read their stories aloud at various venues during the Halloween season.  Winning stories will also be published at LVW’s website.  Because these are Halloween stories, topics in past years have ranged from ghosts to dragons to spooky/scary places.  This year's topic is Bigfoot, Littlefoot, and other cryptozoological creatures of indeterminate foot size.  Let your imagination run wild.  Flash fiction means that the story must be less than 1,000 words long.  And please, no poetry.

We thank Ed Kelemen for his years of service and welcome Anita Staub as the new coordinator of the contest.  After creating the contest and running it for 13 years, Ed has stepped down to spend more time on his own writing.  For information on his books, visit www.ekelemen.com.

To save a few trees, please submit electronically.  Paste your story into the body of an email and send it to Anita at anitagrillo@live.com.  Attachments will not be opened.  The subject line must read “Flash Fiction Entry.”  Include a short bio (maximum 150 words) with your story.  For detailed submission guidelines, click the button on the left.

The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15.  There will also be three honorable mentions, which will not receive cash prizes but will be published and read aloud with the other winners.  The authors of all six winning entries will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in Ligonier Valley Writers.  This permits them to attend most LVW events free or at reduced prices.

Phantom Dectives On Vacation


If you missed the author signing, you may order the book from the Secretary

or at amazon.com