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Books: Writers' Network sponsoring two more contests

Deadlines are approaching for two contests sponsored by The Writers’ Network.
Hard Times Writing Contest
Deadline: Postmarked by Aug. 15.
First place, $300; second place, $200; third place, $100. Ten honorable mentions.
Guidelines: Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 4,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Multiple entries are accepted.
Your name, address, e-mail, phone and title of work should also appear on a cover sheet. Enclose a self-addressed, self-sealing stamped envelope for critique and list of winners, and the reading fee of $20 (or $15 for Workshop members) per entry. Please make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and send to: Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC, 28805. E-mailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org
Short Fiction Contest
Deadline: Postmarked by Aug. 30.
First prize, $350; second, $250; third, $100; ten honorable mentions.
Guidelines: Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less. Multiple entries are accepted. Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on a cover sheet. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee is $20 per story, or $15 for Workshop members. Enclose legal size, self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.E-mailed submissions may be sent to writersw@gmail.com, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. Entry fee is payable online at www.twwoa.org
The workshop has announced winners of two previous contests. Catawba College’s Kurt Corrher’s award was in the July 5 Salisbury Post. Here are the additional winners.
2009 Author’s Contest winners
First place ($500): “The Protectorate of Bohemia” by Thomas McConnell, Spartanburg, S.C.Second place ($300): “Fractures” by Lane Stewart, Athens, Ga.
Third place ($200): “Bend in the River” by Tamara Titus, Charlotte, and “Salvation” by Kurt Corriher, China Grove.
Honorable mentions: Lois Barr, Riverwoods, Ill.; Mary Hunter Daly, Charlotte; Annie Dawid, Westcliffe, Colo.; Justine Tal Goldberg, Boston, Mass.; Sam Howie, Spartanburg, S.C.; Gwenda Ledbetter, Asheville; Diane McPhail, Highlands.
Writing class
July 25, Shalom Center, Charlotte, 12:30-5:30 p.m., “Fine-Tuning for Publication,” Richard Krawiec. Registration, $70 for members, $75 for non-members. Go to www.twwoa.org.
Writers of fiction or creative non-fiction will receive professional tips on revising and readying work for publication. Information on writing the query letter, finding the right agent, and how to submit your work will also be given. Three pages and a synopsis may be brought to the class for evaluation.
Krawiec is the author of novels and poems including Time Sharing, Breakdown, and Faith in What. He has received Creative Writing fellowships from the N.C. Arts Council, and teaches at U.N.C.-Chapel Hill.

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