Writers Reminder, published by Carolyn B. Leonard, is a non-profit networking and advocacy blog with more than a thousand subscribers, devoted to literature and writing in a broad sense. For the readers and writers, we publish a blog, guest blogs, and book reviews. We also publish conversations about grammar, writing, prose styles, poetry, literary genres, and writing advice; we post current news and information about writers clubs and activities in the Oklahoma City area. We include information on conferences in the Midwest, contests, editors, agents, publishers, and the publishing industry, updated  regularly. We also promote other sites and opportunities, including freelance offers, that we feel will benefit writers. https://www.WritersReminder.com

July-August 2019 Writers Reminder






THE WRITER magazine’s 2019 Summer Flash Contest just launched, which means you have only six weeks to submit your best writing in any genre – fiction or nonfiction – to win $1,000 and publication in The Writer magazine. But you’ll need to write short to get their  attention: Maximum word count is just 1,000 words.

Enter Now

The deadline is August 15th, so  start writing. And remember, they can provide feedback on your writing with our add-on critique service, no matter where your entry placed in the contest! Other prizes: Second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on the website, writermag.com; third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.com as well. (paste the link below in your browser)




FIVE Writing Lessons inspired by Mr. Rogers - click here: (or copy and paste in your browser) (2.5 minutes)




Writers Reminder - July 2019   https://www.writersreminder.com/

by Carolyn B. Leonard


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1. Local Programs for Writers

2. Contests 

3. Conferences & Orgs for writers - a half-dozen or more  


    click here: https://www.carolynbleonard.com/my-blog.html

5. EDITORS for hire! 

6. Publishers (Lots of publishers) 

7. Agents (a few good ones)

8. Opportunities for Freelance Writers (several)

9. Writing Classes & Grant Offers (Some NEW ones)

10. Jobs for Writers (Eight, last count) 

11. Plays and Screen Writing (two NEW) 

12. Poetry

13. Carolyn’s Book Review: LEADERSHIP in Difficult Times” by Doris Kearns                                Goodwin; click here, or copy and paste in your browser:  


14. Letters to Editor (Looking for Critique Grps, Grassroots Lobbying & more) 

15. Website Winner – www.JohnJDwyer.com 

        (click here: http://www.writersreminder.com/15.-web-winner.html)

16. Story Call Outs: Check out this big list! 

17. Announcements, Indies NEWS


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1.LOCAL PROGRAMS - If you belong to another local writing group, and would like it listed here, please send an email with the info to carolynleonard@me.com.


* OKC Writers - 3rd Saturdays each month at 10 am. Now meeting at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 15th and Harvey, OKC. Enter through the northwest door, go to 1st floor, Room 130, (405) 232-1371. (Click here to read program details) JULY speaker:  Roxana CAZAN will discuss her book The Accident of Birth, and the process of writing about refugees and immigration.


* OKC Christian Fiction writers meet 3rd Saturdays at 1 pm at Henderson Hills church, located at 1200 E I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond OK. We meet in the church offices on the back side of the church campus. https://www.facebook.com/okcchristianfictionwriters/. 


* Pen and Keyboard Writers meet the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10 AM until noon at the WELL CHURCH (formerly Edmond Christian Church) 2800 E. Danforth Road (corner of Coltrane & Danforth), in the Family Life Center, room 2. The FLC is the building to the right of the Chapel (building with cross). We enter in the north door (door facing parking lot is to kitchen), and go to the second class room on the left.. They welcome anyone who is interested in writing, whether a beginner or published author. The group works together to help each other improve their writing. For more info contact Dianna Street <lostrhodes@aol.com>


* Wordwrights Christian Writers CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE!  meet from 10 am to noon. the second Saturday of the month in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Epworth Villa in OKC (near Quail Springs Mall).  If you have any problems  locating our new meeting place, you may call Milton Smith on his cell at 405-200-9850 or Donna Le, cell phone is 405-501-2522.


* Norman Galaxy of Writers - meets every month on 2nd Saturday, 10 AM to noon at Norman Public Library, downtown, 225 North Webster. For more info, email normangalaxyofwriters@gmail.com


* OKRWA --OK Romance Writers Association meets on the third Saturday of each month; members write romantic suspense, Christian romance, contemporary, erotic, and historical romance. Historical is mainly westerns and the Regency period. Meetings are at the OKC Art Museum in Classroom C at 1 pm. For more information contact Mary Jo Springer email, <gothicbook@aol.com>


* Oklahoma Playwrights Association: meet 4th Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm.  For more information contact Playwright leader Janis Contway at <opaokc@gmail.com>


* Mid-Oklahoma Writers: meets the second Tuesday of every month 7-9 pm  in the Family Center behind Eastside Church of Christ, 916 S Douglas, Midwest City, OK


* Tulsa NightWriters meets the third Tuesday of every month at Allee Beth Martin East Regional Library, 2601 So. Garnett in Tulsa. Meetings are 7:00 to 8:00 pm, but come early at 6:30 to meet and chat with fellow writers. No formal meeting in December at the library, with a casual Christmas party scheduled elsewhere. See website for information – www.nightwriters.org.

*  Second Sunday Poetry Readings at the Depot in Norman, The Depot, 200 S. Jones

This program provides a monthly venue for selected regional poets to share their work.  Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn hosts. (FMI contact Bill Boudreau - thanks for updates)




2. CONTESTS (Click here for more info on Contests)

*    OKC Writers contest annually in September

*       Readers Digest (ongoing)

*       OWFI annual Writers Contest (Feb 1 deadline annually)

•    L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest (Various)

•    Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Jan 31, annually)

•    Tony Hillerman Prize (June 1, annually)

•    Young Lions fiction Award (August, annually)

•    New Voices Award (Sept 30, annually)

•    PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (Oct 31, annually)

•    OWFI annual Writers Contest - more than 20 categories - real money!



3. CONFERENCES  (Click HERE for more info on Conferences)




   OWFI Conference  (1st full weekend in May) 






5. EDITORS for hire!  (Click HERE for more info on Editors)

•    Staci Mauney

•    Robyn Conley, the Book Doctor

•    Ghostwriting - Joan Rhine 

•    Bernhardt editing services

•    Red Pen Editing

•    MORE

•    Maria Veres is no longer taking editing work.

•    Kathleen Park (on leave of absence while caring for her husband.)


more coming...




6. PUBLISHERS  (Click HERE to read more about these Publishers)



Thumbs down from Writer Beware - quite a long list and descriptions. ALWAYS - before you invest money in publishing your work, check with Writer Beware and other experts. Go here:  https://accrispin.blogspot.com/



7. AGENTS   (Click HERE to read about these Agents)






9.  WRITING CLASSES AND GRANTS (Click here for more info on Writing Classes & Grants)

Writing Classes:



•    Oklahomans for Special Library Services (OSLS)

•    Oklahoma Humanities Council

•    Mid America Arts Alliance

•    Oklahoma Tribes Preserve Traditions, Cultural Capital Grant

•    Looking for a GRANT WRITER! 

•    Grants for Artists and Writers

•    OK State Regents for Higher Ed- Writing Proposals & Grants

•    Click here for more info on Writing Classes, Grants)



10. JOBS FOR WORKING WRITERS  (Click here for more info)



11. PLAYS and Screen writing (Click here for more info)



12. POETRY  (Click here for more info)




Last issue:  “Katherine”  by Anya Seton and Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir        




14.  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Click here for more info)

    Meg Welch Dendler, Barbara Ketzer Roberts, Nancy Hartney, Joan Vanarsdall, Carol Round, Dusty Richards, Andrea Moon, pendergrasts@me.com, Susan Perry, Bill Wetterman.

    Judith Rycroft, Brenda Thomas, Cynda Thomas, Lynn Broderick, Janet Lullo, 

    Carolyn Steele, Sharon Erwin, Wende Williams, Joan Billings, Janis Butler, Chuck Sasser, Susan Perry, Teresa Hoy.

    About Tate Publishing ...

    Julie Loomis’ “After School Group”

    Congrats to Ed Koonce!

    Steven James author, writing workshop

    Red Flag! - American Writing Association

    Red Flag!  www.bikker.in (from Ray Tune)

    Invitation from WRITERS RELIEF

    John Biggs, author, inre: Duotrope Publishing

    Information on copyright about song lyrics usage

    Working Writer wants feedback

    An E-Book Formatter!

    Red Truck Review: ...Forum... publisher

    Bernhardt Writing Classes

    How to Autograph a Kindle or other e-book

    Grassroots Lobbying

    Ghostwriter available



15.  AUTHOR WEBSITE WINNER  (Click here for more info)


Website Winner - Maria Veres



Maria, a freelance health and business writer,  specializes in content marketing writing for mid-sized businesses. With two decades of experience as a wordsmith, She knows how to package your message to get the results you need.



16. STORY CALL-OUTS:  Click HERE to read more about these markets.

(Paying Markets--mostly)

•    EIGHT new call-out subjects from Chicken soup! varied deadlines

•    Guideposts

•    Country Outfitter Style 

•    Writers Digest - The Last Page (ongoing call for submissions) 

•    Writer’s Digest - Reject a Hit (ongoing)

•    Dialogual (ongoing)

•    Your Impossible Voice -fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more

•    The Notebook, rural roots - but progressive thinking

•    Front Porch Journal

•    Working Writer 

•    OKIE Magazine

•    Pegasus - Genealogy opportunity

•    Blogger for Writer Beware

•    Get your NEWS in the newspaper

•    Family Chronicle - Family History Writers

•    No more - Cups of Comfort



17. WRITERS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: (Click HERE to read more)    


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