Friday, August 7, 2015

Weekly Roundup of Writing Opportunities for August 7

The weather continues to be beautiful and it is hard to stay inside. Nevertheless, exciting events held inside are waiting for us too.  Here are some offered to us this week.

Alaska Book Week will soon be upon us scheduled for Oct. 3 -11. We would like to invite everyone to sign up by clicking the participation form on the right side of the website at Once you submit your form, the coordinator will be in contact with you soon. This year, we are making more of an effort to create lists of Alaskan authors and possible venues so that we can expand on our yearly celebration--and provide more representation for authors and their wonderful books!

We would also like to remind Alaska Book Week participants that we are incorporating a YouTube campaign into our yearly celebration.

For questions or comments, please contact the Alaska Book Week coordinator at We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Publishing Success through Writer’s Conferences is the topic authors Marc Cameron, Molly Gray, Basil Sands, and Brooke Hartman will discuss on Wednesday, August 12th, 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Barnes & Noble in Anchorage. The event will be moderated by Sefanie Tatalias and is free and open to the public.

Anchorage Museum has posted their Schedule of Programs for July and August. Visit for the full list of events. Below are some of the highlights. To confirm details and dates, call the Marketing and Public Relations Department at (907) 929-9227.

Call for Stories of Summer Adventure. Are you having the best summer? Prove it and share your tales with a Pecha Kucha style presentation on Aug. 21. Contact by Aug. 14 if you would like to be a presenter.

Promote your book at the National Federation of Press Women Annual Conference, September 10 – 12 at the Captain Cook Hotel Anchorage. Alaska Professional Communicators will provide at no charge an opportunity for authors to sign and sell their books. Attendees, conference speakers, and APC members can sign up for a place at the authors' tables on both Fri., Sept. 11, 3:45 - 4:30 PM and Sat., Sept. 12, 4:00 - 4:30 PM. Contact Lizzie Newell at to let her know the name of your book(s). We will provide attendees a list of participating authors and their books.

Poetry Parley will be on hiatus for July and August. Starting September 20th at Hugi-Lewis Studio, Parley will kick off a new season with readings from 10 (plus) local poets. There will be no marquee poet. Send a note to if you want to be considered. We will hold a few slots for new readers.

Events at the UAA Bookstore

Local Library Events

Book Signings


Fireside Books in Palmer celebrates The Life and Times of Matanuska Valley Pioneers. You will find in this book interviews of 55 Valley Pioneers with new and vintage photos, recipes and a few jokes

Meet few of the pioneers at Fireside Books Friday August 7th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Compiled by Sharon Benson and Joann Utt and with the help of many volunteers, this 200 pages anthology contains stories from people you will know from Palmer, Wasilla and other areas in the Valley.

Meet Author AdriAnne Strickland Saturday August 8th at 2:00pm, who is back with the follow-up to her Young Adult adventure, Wordless. The second book is called Lifeless and it promises to be quite the adventure.

Event address: Fireside Books, 720 S Alaska St. Palmer, AK 99645




The Alaska Literary Awards were established in 2014 by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, through a generous gift from Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli, to recognize and support writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and mixed genres.  Any Alaska writer over the age of 18 who is not a full-time student is eligible to apply. Quality of the work submitted is the primary consideration in determining who receives the awards. A select number of $5,000 awards will be awarded this year. For more information, and to apply, go to : The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.

The Connie Boochever Artist Fellowship awards recognize and support Alaska emerging artists of exceptional talent. In the 2015 cycle, a select number of $2,500 fellowships will be awarded to individual artists working in visual art, including film, digital and media arts. For more information, and to apply, go to: The deadline for entries is August 31st, 2015 at 9:59 AKDT.

The 2016 Governor's Awards ceremony will be held in Juneau on Thursday, January 28th. We will also continue the tradition of scheduling CHAMP Day (Culture, Humanities, Arts & Museums Partners), a legislative fly-in day, on Wednesday, January 27th. Please start brainstorming ideas for nominees and consider submitting a nomination! The nomination process will open in August. This year's Arts categories will be: Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts & Languages, Business Leadership, Arts Advocacy and Individual Artist. A list of previous awardees can be found at

2016 Statewide Arts and Culture Conference will take place in Anchorage, Thursday, April 28th through Saturday, April 30th. We are in the process of exploring compelling themes, topics and national speakers for the convening. Like our last conference, we will be engaging Alaskan artists in the planning and production of the event. Be on the lookout for the opportunity to apply to be a conference Partner Artist, which will open in the fall. If you have any ideas to share with us, please send them our way by emailing

The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is conducting a survey to inform its Live. Work. Play. Initiative, which seeks to make Anchorage the number one city in America to live work and play by 2025. If you live in Anchorage and care about the arts, please take a moment to add your voice to this survey-it's just two VERY short questions!

Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for schools deadline is October 15, 2015Click here to hear from the 2015 National Poetry Out Loud Champion from Alaska, Maeva Ordaz. 

Alaska Writers Guild & SCBWI Annual Writer’s Conference, September 19-20, Anchorage. Early registration starts May 2015.

Alaska Women Speak is currently collecting writing for the fall issue.  The theme is "Fireweed."  All submissions due August 15th.  Please email

Alaska Women Speak is also looking for a responsible maven fluent with InDesign (CS6) layout and website savvy to join the all-volunteer crew as Layout Editor. Here’s your chance to create for a 23rd year in the running, statewide, quarterly publication! This is not a site-specific volunteer opportunity, but sound Internet connection is required. Occasional Skype sessions apply. If interested, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us at

13 Chairs Literary Journal, a new literary journal publishing short stories and poetry from new and emerging authors, seeks submissions and volunteers. They are currently composing their flagship issue, straight out of JBER, AK. To learn more, and to submit, email or visit

You still have until August 15 to apply to the Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program, which is accepting applications from Alaska artists and writers interested in a fully-funded two-month residency in the Lower 48. The eligibility requirements have changed—Alaska-based artists who have not received a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award are now also eligible to apply. Potential applicants are invited to attend in-person or by teleconference. More information can be found at If you have questions about the program, contact Jayson Smart at or call 907-297-2882

As we all know, back-to-school time is getting close. This also means the issue of author signing is raised at the schools. Barnes & Noble has scheduled school book fairs and fundraising events and is in demand for local children’s book author presenters. If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact Renee Millner, Community Business Development Manager at 907-279-7323 or email her at

Have news or events you'd like to see listed here? Email details to 49roundup (at) Your message must be received by noon on the Thursday before the roundup is scheduled to run. Unless your event falls in the "Opportunities" category, it should occur no more than 30 days from when we receive your email.

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