The Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild has sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 edition of our literary publication, Well Versed. The literary publication features original essays, short stories, and fiction written by local authors. Submissions are judged for prizes in Prose and Poetry categories, and a selection process determines which entries will be included in the publication.
Sponsorship levels are:
Benefactor - $300 or more
Guild Club Member - $200 - $299
Chapter Club Member - $100 - $199
Author's Club - $50 - $99
Reader's Club - $25 - $49
All sponsors will be posted on the website. If received before March 15, they also will be published in Well Versed. Benefactor, Guild Club, and Chapter Club will receive a free copy of the Well Versed edition sponsored and be recognized at our Write Direction Conference.
CCMWG has served the writers of central Missouri for more than 50 years. The chapter sponsors a variety of activities and meetings throughout the year to provide writers both the encouragement to keep writing and the opportunity to perfect their craft.
If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact our Managing Editor at wellversed2012 at gmail.com (replace at with @) A sponsor agreement can be found here.
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Well Versed 2012 Winners and Other News
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Judges Name Well Versed 2013 Contest Winners
Many thanks to this year's judges for their time and expertise in judging our entries. We appreciate their efforts in aiding us to select the top submissions to be published in our outstanding anthology, which this year includes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Velda Brotherton, Prose--Fiction
Velda Brotherton writes of romance in the old west with an authenticity that makes her many historical characters ring true. A knowledge of the rich history of our country comes through in both her fiction and nonfiction books, as well as in her writing workshops and speaking engagements. She just as easily steps out of the past into contemporary settings to create novels about women with the ability to conquer life’s difficult challenges. Tough heroines, strong and gentle heroes, villains to die for, all live in the pages of her novels and books.
During 28 years of writing, she has been published in short and book-length fiction and nonfiction. Her six regional nonfiction books and nine historical novels are available on Amazon. Her work will soon be available in audio books. She will speak at the Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Free Conference in March, at the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. conference in May and at the Ozarks Writers Conference in October. Watch her website for workshop dates for this year.
Mark Pearce, Poetry
Mark Pearce is a sixth-generation Missourian who lives in Warrensburg. For the past twenty-five years he has worked for public television station KMOS-TV and public radio station 90.9 The Bridge on the University of Central Missouri campus.
Mark began writing poetry in the late 90’s and organized the The Montserrat Poetry Festival which ran for four years (2008-11), and featured many CCMWG writers.
Mark confesses to being particularly partial to rhythm, surprise elements and memorable finishes within works. He likes a range of poetic styles, nursery rhyme through esoteric, and believes the longevity factor likely belongs to the former.
Mark currently serves as Governor of Rotary District 6080, which is taking him to many communities throughout the state. He is hopeful the polio virus will become extinct within the next two years.
Deborah Marshall, Prose—Nonfiction
Deborah “Deb” Marshall is director of the Warriors Arts Alliance, an advocacy for creative writing and the arts for veterans and their family members, and veteran programming coordinator for the Missouri Humanities Council. She is immediate past president (2012-13) of the Missouri Writers’ Guild.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Deb now writes creative nonfiction and historical fiction, with work included in several magazines and anthologies. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, earning a BA in English and Writing Certificate, and a 2012 graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute sponsored by St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our contest for Well Versed 2013. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to those selected.
Dawn Dupler, "In This Kitchen"
Swiftwalker, "Why We Were Late for Church"
Dawn Dupler, "5 A.M. Third Shift Nurse's Station at Parkland Hospital"
Annabelle Corrick, "Charlotte’s (Hypotenuse) Web"
Ida Bettis Fogle, "No Loaf"
J. M. Brandt, "Mata Hari"
Bob Ackerman, "Another Hole in the Ground"
Karen Mocker Dabson, "Question in a Bottle"
Linda Fisher, "Home Invasion"
Edgar A. Bailey, "The Observer-Reporter, Published Weekly"
J. M. Brandt, "Mr. Right"
John Zerr, "Darling, Daddy, Dead Viet Cong Maker"
Carol Fisher, "A Dose of Kitchen Medicine from Old Missouri Cookbooks"
Donna Volkenannt, "Amo, Amas, Amat"
Mary Koeberl Rechenberg, "Quilting—A Lasting Tradition"
Jimmy Capps, "Watching Maddy Run"
Candace Simonson, "The Treasure Hunter"
Sheree K. Nielsen, "Breakfast with the Queen"
Bob Ackerman, "We Remember (Pete)"
Larry W. Allen
"To Marcia, Wherever You Are"
"Grandmother of Eight Makes Hole in One"
Brianna Boes, "No More Bernie"
J. M. Brandt
"Hungary: Stalin’s Boots"
"Bloody Mary’s Sympathy"
"Great Aunt Leona"
"Speak of Life"
"Three on the Beach"
Barri L. Bumgarner, "Today…"
Kathleen E. Cain
Terry Cobb, "That’ll Teach ’Em"
James H. Coffman
Karen Mocker Dabson
"Only a Moment"
Dawn Dupler, "Incantation to Dig a Mother’s Grave"
"In Search of Liver Dumplings"
"One Room School"
Ida Bettis Fogle, "Wasps, In Fact"
"A Galaxy of Words"
"The Dance of Phoenix"
"The New Kitten"
"Allergic to Camping"
"Pirate Adventures of Mason Shady"
Walker Hayes, "Floating to Freedom"
Judith Bader Jones
"The Coldest Season"
"A Country Boy"
Marilyn Hope Lake
"Murder Will Tell"
"First Love Lost"
"Homage to Marilyn Monroe"
Sheree K. Nielsen
"The Girl with the Dunce Cap"
"Bubble Wrap Clouds"
"Flame of Life"
"Prayer of a Mother to Her Teenage Child"
"Alone in Nature"
"The Earth Speaks"
Lynn Obermoeller, "I Don’t Remember"
Debbie Parker, "First Love at the Safeway Store"
"Tommy Huff’s Boys"
"The Last Studebaker"
Danyele Read, "Caleb"
"A Son is Always a Child"
"When Did It Start? Where Will It End?"
Carole K Schaefer, "Mickey ‘Noir’ Marlowe, PI"
Rosemary Shomaker, "Saving the Praying Lady"
Candace Simonson, "The Scarab’s Cenotaph"
Marilyn K. Smith
Mary Ann Snapp
"I Traveled with You"
"Here We Go Again"
"On the Passing of Two Friends"
Lori L. Younker
"Four Sixteen 8th"
"On the Bike Ride of Life"
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