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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 New England Book Festival Final Call, Boston, Mass.

(November 25, 2014)

The 2014 New England Book Festival regular registration deadline arrives Nov. 25 for its annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season.

The competition will accept entries in non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations/anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don't neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 2011 are eligible. 

Our grand prize for the 2014 New England Book Festival winner is a $1500 appearance fee and a flight to the awards ceremony in Boston.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria:

1. General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.

2. The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.


New England Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.


We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.newenglandbookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and considered submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

Regular registration submissions in each category must be received by close of business November 25, 2014. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web-site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.


Entry forms are available online at www.newenglandbookfestival.com or may be e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.


The New England Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the category eligibility of any project.



Friday, November 14, 2014

Highlights Foundation, Clara Gillow Clark, Uncle Jack's Cabin, Cabin #15


Once a year this writer takes time to attend a Highlight's Foundation Unworkshop Retreat held in Boyds Mills, Pennsylvania. An Unworkshop Retreat is a special time. It is when I nurture my muse.

I use this time to work on my writing, review my writing goals, and think about what I want to write. At Boyds Mills, that's where the unworkshop is held, I take long silent walks, hike the woods, sit by a babbling brook and meditate, or meet with other writers and talk shop. If I like, I can take an early morning yoga class, or simply stay in my cabin and read, or sleep in.

This unworkshop is entitled, "Unretreat: Room to Create" and led by beloved editor, Clara Gillow Clark. Clara Gillow Clark, along with Jillian Sullivan, was the editor who helped with final edits to my book, A Gift of Love. Thanks to her, I was confident my book was perfect. I am grateful.

Breakfast, lunch and dinnertime at a Highlights unworkshop, like all workshops held here, is a special time. It is when a healthy, home-cooked meal is served and attendees come together to dine and share their answer to the big question, What are you working on?

This is my favorite time.

I like that I can fantasize, fictionalize, memorialize, or simply shout out a work in progress to every stranger at the table and not see one person roll their eyes when I do.

I have attended writing workshops in the past throughout the country, and I have met famous authors and editors and publishers, too. But. Only at Highlights do I receive individualized attention, private time to meet with an author, and an editor, and interested publisher, devoted to my progress as a writer. As Martha Stewart says, It's a good thing. *It's why I come back.*

So today if you're wondering where it is I am and what it is I am doing, think Honesdale, PA. Think Uncle Jack's cabin, cabin #15. Think cabin in the woods, my favorite writing place in the world, and where hopefully, I'll get a little writing done.

Now go write something. I dare you.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
"Come journal with me. Your book is yet to be."

My cabin in the woods.
Uncle Jack's Cabin. Cabin #15.
Unretreat: A Time to Create

Writing Quotation:

"It's not about what's over the rainbow. It's more about the Yellow Brick Road, the people we meet, and the friends we make along the way."--A Gift of Love, by Linda Della Donna

Writing Tip:

I keep a notebook with a fast-writing pen handy at all times. I make a separate page in the back of my notebook for special notes. Think writing topics. I carry my notebook everywhere I go and whenever I have ten minutes, think doctor's office, traffic jam, or napping baby, I open my notebook, flip to back page for a writing topic, and I write like the wind.