Exciting Things Ahead

In my excitement of completing my first blog post, I emailed it from work to myself, but sent it to the wrong email address. When I went to retrieve it, to my chagrin it was no where to be found. Here I was “technically” not waiting until the last minute, only to be thwarted by an error in a couple of keystrokes. Self-sabotage or humorous anecdote to segue into the meat of my post?

Well, everything else that happened in next hours to get from point A to point B, wasn’t even close to a straight shot, so I’m going to go with humorous anecdote. Besides, I will not embrace any kind of sabotage whether self-inflicted or otherwise. As Morpheus says, “No, what happened, happened, and couldn’t have happened any other way.”

With that said, please follow me down the rabbit hole…

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Poets & Writers presents the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

I am excited to announce that Poets & Writers is inviting authors from Oklahoma to apply for the next Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, to meet with publishing professionals. They pick one state a year for this contest, and we were selected for 2020! Thank you, Laci Liter, President of OKC Writers, for helping us connect with the Award Director, Bonnie Marcus, during the selection process. Sharpen your pencils, writers! The dead line to enter is January 6, 2020. Watch our Facebook pages for the press release. Please share this information with your affiliate groups and writer friends and enter the contest! Let’s show the world how literary Oklahoma is! For more information, check out Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award.


OWFI Contest Rules and Categories

A humongous shout out to our 1st and 2nd vice presidents, Traci Ison Schafer and Christina Consolino, for the revamp of our contest rules and categories. Check it out and get your entries ready for January 1, 2020!

Big Thank you to Enid Writers Group

Conference Coordinator Aleasha Shelnutt and I had the privilege of visiting with one of our long-time affiliates, Enid Writers Group. Thank you, President Martha Draper, for such a warm welcome and delicious spread!

New Affiliates

We are happy to announce three—count them THREE—new affiliates since our 2019 conference! Welcome to OWFI! Check out their profiles.

  • Last Wednesday Writers of Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild

  • WordsmithSix

OWFI Sponsors

Please consider sponsoring our 2020 Bridging the Gap Conference. We welcome all sponsors, but would love to see our affiliates step up and lend a hand! Your logo will be prominently displayed in the footer of every page on this website, along with a link to your organization's website (if applicable), and on the next issue of The Report. Your logo will also appear on the loot we'll be giving out and during the slideshow played at the Friday banquet at this year's conference! For more information, click here.


Saturday, September 21st, 2019 – Oklahoma Book Festival (in the boathouse district)

If you aren’t busy this weekend, head out to the Oklahoma Book Festival in Oklahoma City’s boat district. Our 2020 Keynote, Alton Carter, will be there! In addition, I will be representing my affiliate group, Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. Please come by and say hi! For more information go to okbookfest.org.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. – our next virtual workshop!

Join Adrean Messmer as she presents: Improving the quality of our suffering: Poetry crash course (Isn’t that a great title!?!) To register, click here.

October 6, 2019: Deadline for Flash Fiction entries

Want your flash fiction to appear in The Report? Here's your shot!

Go to Flash Fiction Prompt and use one of the two pictures listed. Write something about it—a flash fiction piece, an opening paragraph, a poem, a conversation, an article—whatever strikes you. Keep it under 500 words and give it a title. We'll review the submissions and print our favorites in the next copy of The Report. (Only members of OWFI in good standing may enter.)