This site was last updated on November 6, 2013
Welcome to the Klamath Writers' Guild website. Although our site continues to evolve the links to the left are active. Be sure to check our Calendar for the latest on our 2013 meeting schedule! Select The Guild to find out about our group, how to become a member or what meetings you can attend as a guest. When you attend a meeting here is what you'll discover.
Members of the Guild consist of published and unpublished writers who support each other in the craft of writing. Individuals who are just exploring their desire to write will find guidance and experienced writers will receive the honest critique we all want before sending off our work to an agent or publisher. This diverse group includes novelists, screenwriters, poets, song writers, journalist, and editors. From short stories to epic novels the meetings provide opportunities for all genres. Attend a meeting and you could hear everything from poetry or a musician offering his latest song, to young adult novels, science fiction, fantasy, or real life stories just to name a few of the works being presented for critique at the time of this posting.
November Guild meetings are on the 11th and 25th. See our Calendar link to the left for location and time.
Klamath Writers’ Guild Call for Submissions
Klamath Writers' Guild is requesting submissions for publication. Authors of the stories selected for the book will be paid $25, for each story accepted. Authors will be notified within 30 days if their story is being considered for publication. Stories included in the collection will be announced by April 30, 2014. The Klamath Writers’ Guild will be granted limited rights, which allows publication in an eBook along with printed copies for our library and book signing/sales. All proceeds from the eBook and printed copies will be placed in a fund for future books. One year after publication limited, rights will return to the Author. If you are not a dues paying member of the Guild, there is a one time reading fee of $10.
1) The theme is "The Teacher." Feel free to stretch the definition as far as it can go.
2) Stories must be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. Word count is firm.
3) Lines should be double-spaced using a 12-point Times New Roman or similar font. No stories in longhand will be accepted.
4) Your name, story title, and contact information must be placed on a single cover sheet. Pages of the story itself must have the title and page numbers only. Do not put your name on any pages of the story.
5) Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.
6) Stories along with reader fees can be dropped off at any open Guild meeting. See our Calendar link to the left for times and meeting dates. Stories and reader fees can be mailed to:
7) You can also submit your story by email. Attach your story to an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “The Teacher” as the subject and put your contact information in the body of the email.
- Klamath Writers' Guild
- P.O. Box 8113
- Klamath Falls, OR 97601
8) You can also pay any reader fees through PayPal to email@example.com. Be sure to put “The Teacher” along with your story title in the box for payment information.
9) If you mail or drop off your story and want it returned to you, please include a SASE with sufficient postage and size. All unclaimed stories will be recycled.
A few suggestions from the judges — Be original. Trust your own voice and ideas. Do not swipe plots from Star Trek. Our readers have seen all the episodes. Avoid clichés, which kill originality and creativity such as Reader's Digest style My Favorite Teacher stories or Aesop's Fables style morals tales. Even experience is the best teacher is such a familiar phrase that you'd have to be quite ingenious to make it work as an original piece. Remember, a strong bad example can teach a lesson, too. The best stories are rich in meaning. Allow the reader (and yourself as writer) to sort through those meanings. It's better to open up a range of questions and insights than to straighten things up. Finally, make sure that the story relates to something of value, something real-world. (All genres can meet that criterion).
To find out more about the Klamath Writers Guild visit: www.klamathwritersguild.org/The_Guild.html. If you have any questions, please feel free to join us at any open meeting or send us an email through the Contact Us link on our website.