Happy Friday, everyone! Here are a few upcoming events and writing contests we thought you’d like to know about. Stay tuned for more WLT partnerships with the Austin Film Society!
WLT’S MANUSCRIPT CONTEST
Deadline: February 15, 2011
Ever want professional feedback on an unpublished manuscript? The Writers’ League of Texas 2011 Manuscript Contest provides individual evaluations from published authors, and the finalists are reviewed by agents. The prize for the winner in each category is a one-on-one meeting with an agent or editor at the WLT’s Agents Conference June 10-12 in Austin. For more information, click here.
A CONVERSATION IN FILM WITH JAMES V. HART
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Tickets: $12 ($10 AFF/TBF/WLT members)
Austin Film Festival & Texas Book Festival present a Conversation with acclaimed screenwriter James V. Hart followed by a special 20th anniversary screening of HOOK. Hart, whose screenwriting credits include BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, CONTACT, TUCK EVERLASTING, MUPPETS TREASURE ISLAND, SAHARA, THE LAST MIMZY and AUGUST RUSH, has prepared a special clip reel that highlights memorable lines and moments from his films. In the conversation, Hart will share anecdotes and stories about how these films got made, concentrating on the screenwriter’s role and struggle in each. After the conversation, walk across the street to The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s Texas Spirit Theater for a special 20th anniversary screening of the modern family classic, HOOK. For more details, click here.
The AFF has extended their member price for this event to WLT members! To get the discounted rate, call 512-478-4795.
THE TEXAS OBSERVER SHORT STORY PRIZE
Deadline: May 1, 2011
The folks at The Texas Observer love a good story. Of course, the stories they’ve published over the past half-century (mostly hard-hitting investigative pieces) have been depressingly true. Help them change that. Send your best original short fiction for the first annual Texas Observer Short Story Prize. The winner gets a fat check for $1,000 and publication in the 2011 Summer Books issue. For more information, click here.
WLT’S MOZELLE MEMOIR CONTEST
Deadline: September 15, 2011
The Mozelle Memoir Contest offers an opportunity for writers to tell the stories they’ve always meant to write. The first place prize is $500 and publication on the Writers’ League website and blog. For more information, click here.