Friday, January 27, 2017

CONFERENCES & CONTESTS - Storytellers of America!


scheduled Special Guests include




Alice Cai

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2017 Storyteller Awards - 

for Excellence in the Art of Storytelling

Contest Rules and Guidelines

One $10 Entry Fee allows you to enter as many categories as you wish BUT only 1 entry per category.  
Contest Rules:
Winners must be present to accept award
Only one entry per category
Only those registered to attend the conference may enter
Entries must be formatted properly for the category entered, double spaced, 12 point font.
Please do not put your name on your entry.
Include a cover sheet with:
     category number and name
     your name, address, phone number and email address.
    Send one copy of entry with cover sheet, unless otherwise requested in the category to:
Venessa McDaniel Cerasale
1706 SE P Street
Bentonville AR  72712

You may send your ONE TIME $10 entry fee with your contest entries or pay through Paypal:

Deadline to Enter - February 22, 2017
Entries will not be returned unless otherwise noted. Entry will be destroyed if all rules are not followed.
1 – Best Book of the Year – Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop
$100 – Must have been published between Jan 2015 and July 2016, no restrictions on genre or length. Send one copy of the published book (no ms please) Judges will be drawn from the Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop.
2 – Best Book Manuscript – Cassville Writers – $50 Winner. Send the first chapter and a five page synopsis of your book in any genre. Double spaced, properly formatted. No erotica.
3 – Flash Fiction – Linda Sartin – $50 to winner – 99 words, any genre. Double spaced. No erotica.
4. Fiction – Author’s Anonymous –- $50 First Place winner only. Short Story, any genre. 1500-3000 word count, Times New Roman 12pt, double spaced.
5 – Play Writing – Actor’s Casting Agency- Grand prize is publication with Shamrock Press. Whole manuscript of a play or screenplay, doesn’t matter how many acts. Full scripts. No limit on length.
6 – Poetry – Ozark Poets & Writers Collective, Fayetteville, AR.
1st Place $70 + a large pile of poetry books. 2nd Place $30 + a small pile of poetry books. 1 Honorable Mention + a small pile of poetry books: Open to any form of poetry, with a theme of entropy and/or ectropy, which means things that are breaking down or spiraling out of control and its complement which is increasing order of the building up of things. A good example would be how the ocean or other body of water can either rob the ground of sand/soil to build up a shore, or how it can tear away at a shore and cause collapse as that soil returns to the ground underwater. You may look at it scientifically or metaphorically in any way that you interpret those life forces. Length: maximum 42 lines. Winner will be chosen by a committee of judges.
7 – Song Writing – Crow Johnson Evans
$30 First Place; $20 Second Place – Each entry must include double-spaced typed lyric
and a digital form of the song (CD or audio cassette).
Lyrics and music must be created by the applicant and not yet published.
All copyrights will remain with the authors/composers. Each songwriter will receive written constructive criticism.
Criteria for judging will be: Match of music style and lyrics; Hook, arresting idea, memorable message and title; Strength or grab of the first verse; Sing-ability of the chorus; Does it make the listener want to hear it again?
What will not be considered: Quality of performance; Any introductory comments; Musicianship; Profanity.
8. Water Color Art – The John Lisle Award – First Place $300, Second Place $200, Third Place $100. Water Color Size 15 x 22 or 22 x 30. Entries are to be taken to the Storyteller conference Saturday a.m. and delivered to the registration table where judge(s) will pick up. Work may be picked up by artist following the awards banquet Sat. night.


Happy New Year, dear readers!

I know I've been promising this remodel for almost a year. Between job changes for my husband and for myself in 2016, some things just had to take a backseat. Sadly, decisions about my writing were buckled safely in the back for the ride through this crazy time in our life. 

I began seeing road signs more clear in October when I attended the Ozark Creative Writers conference. I formally met Casey Cowan of Oghma Creative Media. While a book I pitched to Casey ultimately did not make the cut, we found another common ground we could work together on.  By late November I became Marketing Director for Oghma Creative Media AND Saddlebag Disptaches magazine. I also became a regular feature columnist for Saddlebag Dispatches. My first article on the Arizona Cowboy - Rex Allen, appeared in the Winter 2016 issue (pg 120). You can read the magazine free on-line or subscribe to the quarterly print copy. I'm turning in my first cover story and another history non-fiction piece this weekend.

I also began selling Stampin' Up! scrapbooking/ cardmaking/ paper crafting products back in May 2016. I've been a customer for almost twenty years and decided the time had come to have the discount and early preview of new products. 

With the fireworks of 2017 came new decisions for me. Some things probably won't make my publisher happy but I've come to the awakening of what is going to work for me. What is going to make me happy? What is going to propel my publication dream closer to a full-fledged reality? 

Over the coming weeks, I hope to share some of the plans to make those dreams come true. In the mean time, help yourself to chocolates and wine. 

Thank you for stopping in.

Monday, March 28, 2016


Sometimes, an author has to drift through the ranks and industry before finding where they belong. For the longest time I thought writing romance meant I had to have in depth love scenes to sell a book. Don't get me wrong, sometimes the story calls for something a little more than just listening through the keyhole.

For me, I'm finding what I enjoy writing the most, are the same types of movies I enjoy watching on television. The sweet, lasting kind of love. Love that comes from the heart first. Hallmark type stories.

My phrase has always been 'Love is sweeter the second time'. I still believe that. Whether that means a renewed love with an old flame or finding a new 'soul mate' after the loss of someone special.

Changes are also happening here on the home front. The schedule Bob has worked with for the past eleven years is changing.. along with a move to a new company. His schedule change means shifts in how I do my routine here at home.

So until he finds his footing with the new job, I am putting this blog on Hiatus. The time off will give me the opportunity to clean house here, brighten the place up a bit and reveal a softer side of Angela Drake... the side I want to market to editors, agents and most importantly, my readers.

When I do come back, I will be lining up guest spots and hoping to be a guest for others. I will also be offering something for FREE available only to my subscribers. So while you are here, please submit your address in the place given on my sidebar so you do not miss out.

I hope you'll pop in on occasion and watch my social media sites - @AngelaDrakeA (twitter) and

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

CONFERENCES & CONTESTS - NorthWest Arkansas Writers Workshop

The first annual conference of this fledgling group takes place Saturday March 19, 2016 in Fayetteville AR.

However, do NOT let the fact this is their first year deter you from attending what promises to be a fabulous conference.

If you check out their WEBSITE you will find a star-studded list of authors coming together for an educational and entertaining weekend.

Dusty Richards (founder)
Velda Brotherton (co-founder)
Mark Landon Smith
Lori Ericson
John T. Biggs

Dusty Richards is the author of over 100 Western novels, inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame, and is President of Western Writers of America. He has also served in various positions on the board of the Ozark Creative Writers conference (celebrating its golden anniversary this year) for many years.

Velda Brotherton has enjoyed a long career as both a romance, historical fiction and non-fiction author. She has published over 25 books since 1994 and shows no signs of slowing down.

The list of talented people involved with this organization is a testament to the quality you will find. I hope to be there on March 19th and look forward to seeing many of you there as well.

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR - Stephanie Collins

When I first saw the tweets for Stephanie Collins' powerful book, 'With Angel's Wings', I was captivation by her strength and the love she has for her children. 

Laura’s world spins as pediatricians throw words at her like heart failure, seizures, and g-tube feeds...when all she wants is to hold her baby tightly and be the mom she’d always dreamed of being. Join Laura on her emotional journey as she strives to rise to the unexpected challenge of motherhood to two special needs daughters. Witness her dance along the edge of sanity through a whirlwind of mind-numbing diagnoses, from a rare chromosomal disorder to autism. Experience heart-wrenching medical drama, from IV cut-downs to code blues. And…just as Laura begins to lose all hope…share in the joy of true love discovered. With Angel's Wings - an honest and raw, 100% true story.

From her Amazon page:
With Angel's Wings is my story. I wrote therapeutically as I was introduced to/initiated into life as a special needs mother. 

If there is anything you want to know about the book, or have questions after you've finished reading and dried your eyes, Stephanie has a link available on the With Angel's Wings Webstie.

You can find the book on AMAZON and Barnes and Noble 

Here is a heartwarming video:

I encourage you to check out this amazing story.
Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CONFERENCE AND CONTESTS - Ozarks Writer's League

This week I'm featuring the Ozarks Writers League workshop. This is their first one of 2016.  While I have yet to attend an OWL event, I've always heard good things about the content.

Branson is always a great place to spend a weekend. The OWL workshop takes place at The Honeysuckle Inn and Convention Center. 

On Friday night, Linda Apple will be speaking on Public Speaking. An open mic for members will also be a part of the evening.

Saturday breaks into a long day of valuable information. A catered, box lunch is included. $8 gets you choice from one of three options. These need to be ordered in advance. Please see the WEBSITE for placing your order.  Dinner is on your own on Friday night but from what I understand by the website, Breakfast is included as well as a 'what I've learned' session before closing. 

If you attend this workshop, I'd love it if you would leave a comment below.As with any critique, please balance your comments with plus'& minus' if necessary. 

While in Branson, take time to catch a show. There are some great ones. 
Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


This week I am featuring a dear friend, Lori Soard.  Lori and I go way back to my first days on the internet with AOL and writing workshops. I had been attending her weekly workshop for several months when she approached me about having my own workshop... and The Writer's Zone was born.

If I remember correctly, Lori's workshop met on Tuesday nights. Mine ran on Wednesdays. When AOL decided our services were no long needed, so to speak, all of us AOL leaders in the writing community went our separate ways. Lori and I teamed up again in Yahoo Groups with World_Romance_Readers and World_Romance_Writers. After several years, Lori passed those groups on to me so she could focus on family and other things at the time. I have since passed those groups onto other capable hands for the same reason.

When she first became published, I was one of her street team members. 

Through all of this, two things have been constant. 1) our connection  and 2) our individual writing endeavors. 

I was delighted to go to FB this morning (you know, that place I really try to avoid) to find Lori has released a new book. 

You can read the blurb HERE

Prime and Kindle Unlimited members can read this for FREE over the next 3 months. I clicked the BUY button before I realized that but regardless, I know that was money well-spent because Lori always provides a clean, heart-warming read and Cupid's Quest is sure to be a new favorite. 

As part of the release, Lori has been featured on Writing Between Sundays blog. Just click on the blog link to read the interview and leave a comment. 

If you would like to know more about Lori and her writing, please visit the following locations: