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Celebrating forty years of helping writers where they are

Awards recipients Amber Draeger, Bokerah Brumley, Eli Brumley (front) and siblings, Gloria Kojakanian, Rob Witherspoon, Anna Albergucci and Linda Gordon

    CWC's festive 40th anniversary and 39th Annual Summer Writing Contest awards took place September 3 in the Conrad Hilton Center banquet room in Cisco.

     See competition results on our Contest page.

     A festive Tuscan-themed celebration included delicious party foods and hors d'oeuvres. After members, writers and guests discussed their writing achievements, summer activities and the Club's 40 years, winners were announced. Those present received a certificate of achievement and a check; others will be mailed.

    The exception was the Children Write! category, which issues non-cash prizes. This year winners receive a VIP helicopter flight, followed by pizza in the hangar - for all Children Write! contestants!

     Remember that the Cisco Writers Club (CWC) meets the first Thursday of each month. That will be the first day of October. Join us!

40th Anniversary Anthology Accepting Submissions Now

     At the August meeting, CWC voted to accept submissions until September 30, 2015, for possible inclusion in the Club’s 40th anniversary anthology. This compilation will be a beautiful repository for the polished works of aspiring or established writers.

     "There's a word limit of 2,500. Submissions should be family-friendly," says Kathy Spencer, who leads the anthology committee. "There's a nonrefundable submission fee of $10 to cover reading and editing costs."

     The title for the anthology will be announced soon. It is expected to release in November, 2015.

     More details and electronic submission can be accessed at our Anthology page.

Introducing the Judges of the 39th Annual Summer Writing Contest

    We thank these generous and selfless writers who have shared their passion for excellence and encouragement with us and our contestants:

    Judge in the Articles category was Melissa Rawlins of Waxahachie, the editor and senior correspondent for two magazines. She is daily involved with interviewing, writing articles, or assembling those magazines for publication.

    Books were judged by Kenneth Fenter of Springfield, OR. Kenneth retired from teaching English only to teach community classes on writing for fun. He has authored eight fiction and non-fiction books and owns small, niche-marketing Arborwood Press.

    CWC’s Publication Briefs category includes anecdotes, columns and fillers. It was judged this year by CWC member, retired Cisco College professor of English, writer and poet Judy Callarman Ware. We are grateful to Judy for her continued excellent support.

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Where do you fit in?

     When it comes to that important core part of you -- your writing -- you'll find you fit right in at the Cisco Writers Club.

     We are friendly, energetic writers determined to improve and achieve. Our monthly meetings, knowledgeable speakers, newsletters, workshops, contests, and other features are great, but our greatest strength is our members. We believe you'll feel right at home immediately.

Next meeting: October 1

     Cisco Writers Club (CWC) meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Hilton Center, 309 Conrad Hilton Boulevard.

     The next will be October 1. Join us!



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    Nancy Robinson Masters of Abilene judged the Children Write! category. She is a proven and popular inspirational speaker for schools, businesses, organizations, and events. In addition Nancy is a pilot and the author of 42 books. Her more than 3,000 feature articles have appeared in a variety of publications. Her writing has taken her around the world including traveling with the

National Science Foundation in Antarctica. She has twice been named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the United States Air Force. She became the first woman to receive the Stephen F. Austin Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Scottish Rite Masons. She has spoken to more than 350,000 students and teachers promoting the power of free people to freely read and write. Her workshops providing practical, proven techniques to succeed as a freelance writer are recommended by publishers and participants from all genres.

    Poetry, always a popular division, was judged this year by another Cisco College professor, Kimberly Torres. Educated at Hardin-Simmons and Texas Tech, Kimberly has taught at Abilene ISD, Hardin-Simmons, McMurry and Cisco College. She has presented papers at Hardin-Simmons and Loyola University.

    Short Story judge was Beth Maynard, voracious reader who settled on a career choice of librarian as a first grader. She served Cisco and Ranger College libraries as well as Hardin-Simmons University.

                              Join us October 1!

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