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Short Story Contest

January 29, 2019 by in category Contests, Writing Contest tagged as , , , ,
Short Story Contest | Bethlehem Writers Group | A Slice of Orange

The 2019 Short Story Award opened on January 1, 2019

The theme is  Animal Stories,
broadly interpreted.
Stories of 2,000 words or fewer


are welcome
(so long as an animal is an important
character or element of the story)
The winner will receive $200 
and may be offered publication in BWG’s upcoming anthology,

Fur, Feathers & Scales
Sweet, Funny, and Strange Animal Tales.

The 2019 Guest Judge: Best-Selling Author John Grogan

John Grogan is an American journalist and author. As the former, he has written for the South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, serving as metropolitan columnist. In 1999, he moved to Pennsylvania to take the role of managing editor of Organic Gardening magazine at Rodale Publishing. He joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as a columnist in 2002. 

When, in 2003, his dog, Marley, died at age thirteen, Grogan wrote a column in the Inquirer honoring him, and received overwhelming reader response. Grogan realized that he had more to say about the “World’s Worst Dog,” and “owed it to Marley to tell the rest of the story.” Released in 2005, his book Marley & Me was an international bestseller, selling millions of copies worldwide and spending twenty-three weeks in the top spot of the New York Times bestseller list. The book was adapted into a popular film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Grogan wrote several spin-off children’s books, including Bad Dog, MarleyA Very Marley Christmasand Marley Goes to School.

In addition, in 2008 Grogan published a coming-of-age memoir, The Longest Trip Homerevolving around the theme of “powerful love of family.”He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  

For more information or to enter the contest go to The 2019 Short Story Award.

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Featuring Bethlehem Writers Group

December 29, 2018 by in category Apples & Oranges by Marianne H. Donley, Featured Author of the Month tagged as , ,

The Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC (BWG), founded in 2006, is a community of mutually supportive, fiction and nonfiction authors based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The members are as different from each other as their stories, spanning a range of genres including: children’s, fantasy,  humor, inspiration, literary, memoir, mystery,  paranormal,  romance,  science fiction, women’s fiction, and young adult.

BWG has published five anthologies. Each anthology has an overall theme—broadly interpreted—but includes a variety of genres, and all but the first anthology include stories from the winner(s) of The Bethlehem Writers Short Story Award.

BWG is currently working on their sixth anthology, Fur, Feathers, & Scales: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Animal Tales. 

Fur, Feathers & Scales | BWG | A Slice of Orange

In connection with this anthology, they are hosting The Bethlehem Writers 2019 Short Story Award. The 2019 Short Story Award will open on January 1, 2019 the theme will be Animal Stories, broadly interpreted. Stories of 2,000 words or fewer about WILD ANIMALSPETS, or IMAGINARY BEASTS will be welcome (so long as an animal is an important character or element of the story). The winner will receive $200 and may be offered publication in the above mentioned upcoming anthology. The 2019 guest judge will be John Grogan, best-selling author of Marley & Me.

In addition to anthologies, yearly writing contests, and the quarterly literary journal, the group hosts twice monthly writing workshops and a critique groups for local members.  You can see the schedule of BWG meetings and events, including author signings  here.

Remember, The Bethlehem Writers 2019 Short Story Award opens in January 1, 2019. Get your short stories ready to enter.

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