17th Annual Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competitions Call For Entries is Open

It’s that time again!  The Austin Film Festival is now accepting screenplay and teleplay entries for 2010. As one of the most well respected contests of its kind, AFF’s Screenplay and Teleplay competitions continue to encourage and advocate the work for new, talented writers.

  • Screenplay Competition:
    • May 15 – Early Deadline ($40)
    • June 1 – Late Deadline ($50)
  • Teleplay Competition:
    • June 1 – Final Deadline ($50)

For a list of success stories and more information, visit  our website at austinfilmfestival.com or email Matt Dy, Screenplay Competition Director, at matt@austinfilmfestival.com.


The South by WLT Sidewalk Book Sale!

Thursday, March 18, 1-6:30 p.m.
in the WLT Office Parking Lot, 611 South Congress

In lieu of our usual Doc’s Happy Hour, the League is taking advantage of the beautiful March weather and the great energy of SXSW for our first annual sidewalk book sale!

After the SXWLT Sidewalk Book Sale, come join us for our Third Thursday “Build Your Buzz” Series program “Establishing Your Online Identity: Building a Web Site and the Importance of Blogging” with guest panelists Nettie Hartsock, Jimmy Flannigan, and tech guru Thomas Umstattd Jr. at 7 p.m.

If you have any gently used books you would like to donate to the League for our sidewalk sale, please drop them off at the office on or after Monday, March 8. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering for the event, please contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Take a day for poetry this April, and join the Academy of American Poets in celebrating the third national “Poem in Your Pocket Day”, during National Poetry Month.

The idea is simple: select a poem, pocket it, carry it, and share it with family friends, and coworkers throughout the day.

For more information or ideas on pocket poems, visit poets.org/pocket.

Last Call for the 2010 WLT Manuscript Submission

Deadline: 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 24
Entry Fee: $50

The deadline for the 2010 WLT Manuscript is this Wednesday. Pull out those 10 pages, polish them up, and send them in! Each entry will receive a score sheet and comments by a professional author/editor. The winners in the 10 categories will receive a complimentary meeting with an agent at the 2010 WLT Agents Conference on June 26.

For detailed submission guidelines and entry form please download the entry guidelines and entry form here.

All the best of luck!

Sisters-in-Crime Search for Aspiring Mystery Writers

Aspiring writers of mysteries, cozies, suspense, thrillers and true crime are invited to submit the first 500 words and a one-page synopsis of their unpublished manuscript to the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project. Aspiring Mystery Writers that are selected will each be matched with a published Mystery Author Mentor from Sisters-in-Crime for one-on-one sessions, and recognition at the Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event on May 16, 2010 at the West Lake Barnes and Noble.

This is not a contest – there is no judging and no fee. It is a wonderful opportunity for writers unpublished in the mystery field to get to talk with and be mentored by published authors.

Interested? Full details about the March 15, 2010 deadline and submissions can be found here.

Parent:Wise Calls for Essays & Poetry

Deadline: April 1, 2010
Cost for essays: $50
Cost for poems: $25

Parent:Wise magazine is searching for all types of essays and poetry about motherhood or fatherhood to publish in their May and June issues.

They publishe two all-essay and poetry issues: May for Mothers’ Day and June for Fathers’ Day. These are their most popular issues of the year.

They are very open about the kinds of essays and poetry they accept and publish: serious, humorous, controversial — it’s all welcome. The only requirement is that it have something to do with the motherhood or fatherhood experience.

Parent:Wise is an award-winning, mother-owned journal for parents. They publish 32,000 copies per month, which are freely distributed at more than 550 locations throughout Central Texas.

Interested? Contact Kim Pleticha here.

Inspiration: Cecilia Ward Jones

We’d like to congratulate WLT member, Cecilia Ward Jones, on her publication in P&W and the ripple of inspiration she’s created. And if you haven’t done so already, pick up an issue of P&W’s “Inspiration.”

Bella Just a Hobby

Inspired by Celia Ward Jones' "Why We Write" in the current P&W "Inspiration" issue.

“Bo’s Café Life” is a comic strip about the writer’s life. Bo is an aspiring novelist who spends his time in a café writing and talking to other writers who are also on the quest to get a book deal. It has an ensemble cast of diverse characters – ranging from a Chinese aspiring novelist to a Bollywood screenwriter – and they use humor to expose the highs and lows of being writers. It is a funny but honest look at the writing life.

Like what you see? Click here to see more of “Bo’s Café Life.”

How to Get Freelance Work

Learn How to Best Execute Your Goals with Eric Butterman

Online Class
February 16-March 16; chats every Tuesday from 7-8 PM CST
$149 members/ $209 nonmembers
Eric Butterman

Eric Butterman

The success of a freelance writer is based on who is the most organized, has a clear plan for future goals, and understands how to best execute it. Eric Butterman will teach you how to analyze and write pitches that will get you better assignments.

Look at how to make the most of every hour you devote to your freelancing career. This covers everything from finding the balance between pleasing clients and getting new ones to creating a “career map,” which will allow you to see where you want to be a year from now.

Eric Butterman is a freelance writer and teacher who’s written for more than 50 publications, including Glamour and ESPN.com. His articles have allowed him to do everything from chatting with Venus Williams about her killer serve to finding out that action film Director John Woo would actually love to direct a musical. His students have credited his courses with helping them sell an article for as much as $4,000 and make four-figure deals before the course was even over. He’s been a freelance instructor for the Editorial Freelancers Association, JournalismJobs.com, and Ed2010.com. In addition, he has lectured at New York University and Harvard.

Interested? Register here!

Your Web Site: Do it Write!

Effectively Build your Web Site with Jimmy Flannigan

Jimmy Flannigan

Jimmy Flannigan

2-5 p.m. Saturday February 6
at Writers’ League of Texas office
611 S. Congress Ste. 130
Austin, TX 78704
$49 members/ $109 nonmembers

Regardless of whether you’ve just started a writing career or are already published, a Web site is a basic component of a writer’s promotional package. This class will walk you through the basics of how to set up a Web site and will offer tips on what writers should include on their sites.

Jimmy Flannigan is the owner of Site Street, Inc., a web design and hosting company in Austin. Founded in 1997, it is one of the oldest web companies in Austin still locally owned and operated. With a degree from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in e-Business, Mr. Flannigan brings enterprise-level consulting and expertise to small businesses and independent publishers in Austin and across the country. Site Street’s suite of services includes web design, custom development, web hosting, search engine optimization, and email marketing.

Interested? Register here.

Badgerdog Literary Publishing Saturday Workshops for Youth

Who: 6th-12th graders

When: 9a.m. to noon, Saturdays Feb. 13, 20, and 27; March 6 and 27; and April 3, 10, and 17

Where: Westlake United Methodist Church

Cost: $500, includes eight 3-hour creative writing workshops, a journal, a t-shirt, and a copy of Youth Voices in Ink anthology

This is the youth’s chance to work with professional writers, meet other young writers, write poetry and prose, participate in public readings, participate in book signings, get published, and be heard.

Badgerdog Literary Publishing Inc. takes writers effectively from the cradle to their careers and contributes to the ongoing development of a writer’s career and build relationships that last a lifetime. Their vision is to identify, acquire, and revive reputable, defunct literary journals in an effort to strengthen the infrastructure of the American literary tradition, fostering the growth of every next generation of writers.

Interested? Register online or call Guiseppe Taurino at 512.538.1305