Promoting Your Book

August 19th, 2017

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Andrew Benzie will present “Promoting Your Book: Building a Successful Marketing Strategy” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo branch of the California Writers Club on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Andrew Benzie of Andrew Benzie Books will discuss how to effectively brand and promote your book, whether you are traditionally or self-published. Attendees will learn how to create a powerful brand, to successfully promote to maximize sales, to build and implement a solid marketing strategy, and to maximize a book’s visibility.

Bay Area native Andrew Benzie has over 30 years of experience in the design industry. He has worked for corporate art departments as well as a freelance designer for his own company, ABCD (Andrew Benzie Creative Design.) He established his publishing company in 2010 to help authors design, publish, and market their books.

Sign-in begins at 11:15 am, luncheon 12:00 pm to 12:45, including a short business meeting, and speaker from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. To reserve, contact Robin at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com, leave a message at 925-933-9670, or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now” on the Mt. Diablo website, http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/next-program/. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

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App Contest for High School Students in Mark DeSaulnier’s District

July 31st, 2017

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Calling all high school coders who live or attend school in California’s 11th Congressional District!  Do you enjoy coding?  If so, here’s a contest for you to design, create, and submit your own software application for any platform (mobile, web, desktop, etc.).

Below is a summary of the Congressional App Challenge Rules: 

  • Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four.
  • Submissions must be original, and created within one calendar year of the closing of the submission period.
  • Students entering the competition must submit a short video demonstration explaining their app and a completed questionnaire online by 12:00 p.m. EST on November 1, 2017.
  • More information about the rules and submission process are available https://desaulnier.house.gov/congressional-app-challenge

 

$$$ Free Essay Writing Contest $$$

July 9th, 2017

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ExpertAssignmentHelp, an online tutoring company, will run a year-long essay competition. They will announce 13 prize winners.

Name: Essay Writing Competition 2017
Task: Write essay in fluent English and with depth on the topic
Length:  800 – 1000 words
Start date: 10 July 2017
Last date: 31 August 2017
Prize money: $850 
Eligibility: Open for all (FREE)
Participation Fees: Zero

This competition is FREE.

Prizes

1st Prize: $450

2nd Prize: $250

3rd Prize: $150

10 consolation prizes: Authorship on our blogs and 1 printed mug. 

Essay topics (The topics might change each month)

1. My horror story regarding Plagiarism.
2. My experience of first day at university.
3. My idea for academic evaluation of students at university.
4. The future of university education in 22nd century.
5. My first internship experience.
6. Job or Startup after University?
7. Coping studies along with part-time job.
8. Studies, Love, Passion… A deadly combination.
9. Getting my first job after university.
10. 5 things you would change in your university.

Registration

Kindly fill this form to confirm your registration (Compulsory)

https://goo.gl/forms/XdVBMPtyg1F49swx1

Rules

  • Choosing more than one topic is allowed. More than one submission is allowed.
  • The decision of the judges of ExpertAssignmentHelp will be final and binding.
  • ExpertAssignmentHelp reserves the right to use all the submitted  entries for whatsoever purpose they deem fit.
  • All entries will be checked for plagiarism. Plagiarized articles will be rejected and the participant will be banned from participating in any future competition as well.
  • Language for the essays will be English only. .
  • Participating in the event means that you agree to abide by all the rules of  ExpertAssignmentHelp.
  • You should be the only author of your essay. Co-authorship is not allowed.
  • Formats accepted are .doc, .docx, .rtf
  • Your essay document name should be in this form : <yourname>_<SEWC> and should be emailed to contests@expertassignmenthelp.com

Judgement Criteria

You will be allotted points under three sections as explained below. Finally, points from all the three segments will be added to judge the winners. The three segments are explained below.

 Essay Content 

  • Maintain word limit: Your essay should be in between 800- 1000 words.
  • The essay is to be written in perfect English language.
  • Your essay should be 100% plagiarism free. It will be checked on plagiarism check software before being considered.
  • Use active voice, multiple paragraphs to make it readable, add pictures to make it engaging and interesting.
  • Your story telling capability will be judged.

For more information, visit https://expertassignmenthelp.com/student-essay-writing-competition/

 

Time For Kids Reporter Contest: Deadline June 19, 2017

May 31st, 2017

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YOU can be a reporter!

Hey Kids, If you are 14 or younger and you’d like to be a reporter, enter the Time for Kids contest!

Write an essay, 50 words or less, on why you would be a good reporter for Times for Kids and submit your own news article.

Next year’s team will continue the tradition of reporting local and regional news stories for TIME For Kids magazine in print and digital and for TIME Edge.

Professional journalists from TIME For Kids will select this team. In the past, TFK Kid Reporters have . . .

★ Interviewed national leaders, celebrities, and other newsmakers.

★ Written news stories, reviews, and opinion pieces for TIME For Kids and TIME Edge.

★ Learned about the news business from award-winning journalists.

★ Appeared on television to talk about their work.

How to Enter:

1. Be sure to read the official rules and share them with your parent or guardian. Include a report you’ve written about an interesting or unique event in your school or community. The story should include a headline plus quotes from people you’ve interviewed.

2. Download the entry form below and have your parent or guardian sign the form and submit it electronically. Entries must be submitted by June 19, 2017. You must be 14 years of age or younger on September 1, 2017.

Contest deadline: 12:00 P.M. ET on June 19, 2017. 

All entries must follow the official rules for consideration. See complete contest rules at 

http://www.timeforkids.com/news/tfk-kid-reporter-search/572921

 

 

Book Design for Self-Published Books

May 20th, 2017

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Molly Williams, Publishing Director at Big Hat Press in Lafayette, will present “Not Only the Cover—Judge a Book by its Pages” at the next meeting of the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club (CWC) on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.

Williams will discuss details of book design to make a self-published book look professional according to industry standards. She will cover common mistakes in self-published books, as well as margins, pagination, and formatting, and where you can be more creative in technical design elements.

She has been in the publishing industry for over ten years. At Big Hat Press, she personally works with clients on design, setup, and layout from start to finish.

Sign-in is 11:15 am. Luncheon 12:00-12:45 pm. Speaker 1-2 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, June 7th. Contact Robin Gigoux at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com or by phone at (925) 933-9670.  Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation. For PayPal, click “Buy Now’ on the Mt. Diablo website: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.comnext-program/. Add a $2.00 transaction fee.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

Zachary’s Art Contest for all ages! Deadline May 31, 2017

May 2nd, 2017

Zachary’s Art Contest is officially up and running!

How Does the Art Contest Work?

  • Deadline:  May 31, 2017
  • Open to all ages!
  • The subject of the artwork should be Zachary’s Chicago Pizza and the artwork should include either our logo and/or name. You may use the medium of your choice, but we recommend VIBRANT, SATURATED choices like paint, dark pastels or digital art.  Colored pencils and crayons tend to get washed out against other pieces in our restaurant.  Please remember, some of the art will be hanging up high so utilize the space you are given.  Fill it up and make it bold!
  • We are accepting four different sizes for art pieces (26 x 26, 24 x 36, 32 x 32, 36 X 48). Pre-cut paper is available at any Zachary’s location.
  • All winning artwork and any reproductions of the artwork become property of Zachary’s Chicago Pizza and will not be returned.
  • WINNERS PRIZES: $100 Zachary’s Gift Certificate & 2 Zachary’s Shirts

Visit http://zacharys.com/zacharys-art/  for more information.  You can also see examples of their winning entries on the walls at their locations.

Calling all Contra Costa County Artists! Design and Create Contest!

April 30th, 2017
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is seeking a new Arts Recognition award. This award honors individuals and art organizations whose work has had a significant impact in Contra Costa County. We are seeking an artist from Contra Costa County to design and create an original art piece that can be duplicated. Recognizing that original art does vary from piece to piece, we request that several “awards” can be made that are similar in size and shape.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Original art piece from an artist working or living in Contra Costa County
  • 7-8 inches in height
  • Mounted onto a 8″x 8″ x 2″ black stand
  • Can accommodate a 2″ x 4″ plaque (AC5 will supply the plaque)
SUBMIT:
  • A sketch, drawing or mock-up of your original design
  • An estimate of time needed to produce original art piece
  • A cost estimate for the first “award” and for each additional “award.”
  • DEADLINE: June 15th, 2017
SEND PROPOSAL TO:
 
AC5 – Arts Recognition Award Proposal
651 Pine Street, 10th Floor
Martinez, CA 94553
or
staff@AC5.cccounty.us

Becoming a Writer

April 16th, 2017

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Special guest Tim J. Myers will present “Becoming a Writer” at the next meeting of the Mount Diablo branch, California Writers Club at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The Annual Young Writers Contest Award Ceremony and luncheon honors the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade winners from Contra Costa County middle schools in poetry, short story, personal narrative, and humor.

Mr. Myers will define the writing life, its pros and cons, and the main paths of a writer’s development, using practical life strategies.

His children’s books have won recognition from The New York Times, NPR, and the Smithsonian. He’s written non-fiction and science fiction, and is a prize-winning published poet and songwriter.

Sign-in starts at 11:15 am, luncheon 12:00 pm to 12:45, and speaker from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Registration is $25 for CWC members, $30 for guests.

Reservations are required, and must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, May 10. To reserve, contact Robin at cwcrobin.gigoux@yahoo.com, leave a message at 925-933-9670, or sign up via PayPal: click “buy now” on the Mt. Diablo website, http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/next-program/. Add $2 transaction fee. Expect confirmation only if you e-mail your reservation.

The California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch web address is: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Poetry Contest for All Ages!

April 8th, 2017

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13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest 

Poets Wanted!  Enter Now! Special Young Poets Category!

The 13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Love Is All Around Us,” “Dreams Do Come True,” “On The Street Where I Live,” “Gone But Not Forgotten,” and “A Second Chance.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.

Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org from the banner at the top of the website when the contest announcement appears.

Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 22, 2017. Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at slolowe@icloud.com for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

 

 

 

Short Story, Poetry, and Essay Contest! $1000 prizes for each category!

April 4th, 2017

Hourglass Literary Magazine presents a short story, poetry, and essay competition. Winning Entry in each category will receive US$1000 as prize money.

Deadline:  April 30, 2017   ($5000 total cash prizes!)

 

We only accept submissions online via Submittable.

  • Entry fee: $15 USD per submission (except for Best Poem category where up to three submissions are accepted for the same price).
  • Entry fee for authors who want to compete with more than one work in the category for the best essay, best short story is 25 USD for three works.

 

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BEST SHORT STORY

Text for a short story should not exceed 7000 words or be less than 700 words.

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BEST POEM

There are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works.

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BEST ESSAY

Essays should not exceed 9000 words or be less than 1000 words.

Full guidelines and information can be found via following sites: www.hourglassonline.org or hourglass.submittable.com .