Springs Writers provides a FREE conference-quality workshop the first Monday of each month (except December, July & August) from 6:00–7:45 pm, Woodmen/Academy Hobby Lobby Classroom Room [against back wall behind "Employee Only" double doors], 6950 North Academy, Colorado Springs, 80918

Monday, June 11, 2012

Springs Writers to Resume Friday, September 21, 2012

Starting in September, Springs Writers will meet the third Friday of each month at Mardel's, 5964 Barnes Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80922. Click here for driving directions. Woodmen Valley Chapel has a wonderful problem, not enough rooms for all the ministries. We're thrilled to begin meeting at Mardel's. Scoti has contacted speakers for the next year. Now that Springs Writers has a permanent meeting place, we can confirm speakers and workshops.

The Springs Writers leadership team, Kim Mahone, Margie Christenson and Scoti Domeij attended the Colorado Christian Writers Conference in May. Scoti presented two workshops, Edit Your Life: Setting Realistic Writing Goals and Power Tools to Power Edit Your Manuscript.

The editor for The Secret Place attended the conference. The Secret Place pays $20 per devotion. Writing devotions is a great way to seek publication and hone your writing skills. The word count for devotions challenges you to write tight. Below you will find other writing opportunities to keep you busy until we meet again in September. 

The Secret Place: Specifications for Devotions

THE SECRET PLACE is written solely by freelance writers, and anyone may submit original, unpublished meditations for consideration. Word count: 100-200 words.

What We’re Looking for in Devotions

We are especially interested in devotional meditations that:
  • Are original, creative, and spiritually insightful
  • Are concise and focused on one theme
  • Explore less familiar biblical passages and themes
  • Address urban/suburban as well as rural/nature experiences
  • Appeal to young adults as well as older adults
  • Encourage outreach, mission, and service
  • Are written by men as well as women, young adults as well as older adults
  • Reflect racial and cultural diversity and use inclusive language
The Secret Place Writer's Guidelines: http://www.judsonpress.com/catalog_sp_guidelines.cfm

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Angels Among Us

We are looking for stories from people who believe that they have encountered or been helped by angels. How did your angel manifest himself or herself? How did your angel help you or someone you know? Please do not send stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies where you say that your loved one is now an angel. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012. 

Great Advice for Making Changes in Your Life

Have you ever read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story that had a wonderful nugget of advice in it that made a difference in your life? We are looking for stories that contain great pieces of advice, whether they are little things that improve our everyday lives, or major epiphanies that can change a life completely. Topics we will cover include advice related to work and personal relationships, marriage, parenting, health and fitness, finances, constructive criticism, taking chances, and following your passion. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2012. 

Independent Woman

Whether you are single or married, widowed, or divorced, you are in charge of your life and the lives of many other people. Tell us your story about running your independent life, achieving independence, and being a complete person. We are referring to all kinds of independence, not just financial or emotional. Share your story of empowerment and independence to help women of all ages feel stronger, more capable, and more confident. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012.

Inspiration for Writers

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, books or articles, paranormal or romance, the process is equally challenging. Thus, it's important to learn from others who have made the transition from dreaming about writing to being a writer. If this describes you, we want to hear about your setbacks, breakthroughs, and successes. How did you overcome writer's block? Who or what encouraged you when you were about to give up? When did you realize that your story was ready to be shared with the world? This is your opportunity to help other writers -- published and unpublished -- draw inspiration and learn from your journey to publication (including self-publishing and blogging). The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2012.


They always say it's the best job and the worst job. But basically it's the best! We are looking for your stories about parenting - the hard work, the joy, the unconditional love, the funny times and the occasional sad ones too. Whether you're a new parent of one or an "experienced" parent of several, by birth, by marriage, by adoption, or by fostering, tell us your stories about parenthood. Funny stories, stories that will make us tear up, stories with nuggets of great advice - all your anecdotes are welcome. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2012.