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2013 Short Fiction Contest Winners

2013 Hudson Valley Writers Guild Short Fiction Contest
Winners and Honorable Mentions

First Place Winner – $100
The Beer House
by Colleen Geraghty, New Paltz, NY

Second Place Winner – $75
Joan of Arc
by Rene´ Houtrides, Brooklyn, NY

Third Place Winner – $50
A Job of National Importance
by Mary Ann Ronconi, Berne, NY

Honorable Mentions – $10
by Laurence Carr, Highland, NY

Pissed Off
by Iris Litt, Woodstock, NY

Reading and Awards Presentation:
Sunday, September 15, 2013
2:00 at Bethlehem Public Library
51 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY



2012 Poetry Contest Winners Announced

On Saturday, October 27 the Hudson Valley Writers Guild held a celebratory reading by the winners of the 2012 Poetry Contest at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY.

Judges: Cecele Kraus, Thom Francis, Dawn Marar, Mimi Moriarty, Phillip Levine


The poetry contest was open to writers living in New York State and was judged by Cecele Krause, Dawn Marar and Thom Francis.  The final judge was Phillip Levine, poet and actor who lives in Saugerties, NY.  The program was coordinated by Mimi Moriarty, who also served as host of the reading on Saturday.  There were about 240 entries received.  The Hudson Valley Writers Guild sponsors a writing contest in a different genre each year.  The contest for 2013 will be in fiction & details will be announced next Spring.

A complete list of winners follows:

2012 Hudson Valley Writers Guild Poetry Contest Winners, Honorable Mentions and Finalists

(left to right) Tess Lecuyer, Carol Graser, Phillip Levine

First Place Winner – $100
“We, Misplaced” – D. A. Bird, Saugerties

Second Place Winner – $75
“The Haiku” – Carol Graser – Galway

Third Place Winner – $50
“Sonnet for Dana Avenue at Midnight” – Tess Lecuyer, Albany

Honorable Mentions: Kathleen Anne Smith, Deb Livingston Picker, Dennis Sullivan, Virginia Bach Folger, & Karen Schoemer

Honorable Mentions – $10
“How to Get a Busted Lip” – D. A Bird, Saugerties
“To My Heart” and “To the Girls Who Pour Coffee” – Noah Kucij, Albany
“In Church, at Lunchtime, When I was 12 in Catholic School” –
Kathleen Anne Smith, Loudonville
“When the Sunflowers of Summer are Planted” – Dennis Sullivan, Voorheesville
“Marcela – Living in America” – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
“Julia in Her Room” – Karen Schoemer, Kinderhook
“The Queen of England” – Virginia Bach Folger, Schenectady

“Goldfinch” – Jo Pitkin, Cold Spring
“Beds” – Noah Kucij, Albany
“At the Last” – Katharyn Howd Machan, Ithaca
“Whenever I Am Alone (after Diane dePrima’s Guaceme)” – Joan Oliver, Glenmont
“View from the Highway” – Justin Hardecker, Albany
“Reflections in a Barroom Mirror” –  Mike Burke, Voorheesville
“Marcela – The Name of the Game” – Deb Livingston Picker, Albany
“Bag Ladies” – Amy White, Old Chatham
“A Round for Bix” – John Hopper, Ithaca
“The Book of Sand” – Barbara Louise Unger, Saratoga Springs
“Handles” and “I Did Something…” – Esther Willison, Niskayuna
“Darkwalking” – Tess Lecuyer, Albany
“The Sea of Cause” – Bert Shaw, Bearsville
“It Never Comes Alone” – Nancy Marie Payne, Berne
“Laid Off Summer” – Carol Graser, Galway

November Events

How to Find and Court the Right Representation for You
Saturday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library
475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park, NY
with teacher, editor & agent Alice Orr
Free & open to the public

Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Schenectady County Public Library
99 Clinton St., Schenectady, NY
Readers will include, Naton Leslie, April Seeley, Chaitali Banerjee, Erin Billings, Sharon Stenson, Victor Smith, Bob Cudmore, Patrice Kindl, Ryan Smithson and moderator/reader Alan Catlin.
Free & open to the public

Monday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
William K. Sanford Colonie Town Library
629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY
Agenda includes reports of the year’s activities, election of the Board & refreshments
Free & open to the public

The Writing Trance – Elevating Your Writing to the Next Level

The Writing Trance – Elevating Your Writing to the Next Level: A Writing Seminar on the creative writing techniques of Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler featured in the book  From Where You Dream

Sunday, May 6, 12:45 PM
Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Avenue  Albany, NY

This two hour seminar will be lead by Stephen W. Leslie and will teach the practical steps towards allowing the unconscious to come forward in your writing.  Safe and proven methods of entering into a state of deep concentration will be practiced and experienced.   This seminar is useful for those who are involved in any creative art,.  It is recommended that each participant read From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler prior to the seminar, if possible.

The seminar is free and open to the public; pre-registration is encouraged.

Stephen W. Leslie has been practicing meditation for 39 years.  He spent 19 years studying yoga meditation with a swami from the Himalayan mountains.  He has been a psychotherapist for eleven years and for the last two years has been a hospice chaplain.  Stephen’s poems have been published by Contemporary Haibun Online, The Red River Review, Alpha Press, The Himalayan Journal, Ink Sweat &Tears, World Haiku Review and Three Line Poems.  He has also been published by The Paper Wasp (Australia) and won the silver medal in poetry in an international competition in Japan in 2011.  The Sun will be publishing one of his pieces in August, 2012.    Stephen has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science from Johns Hopkins and a Master of Science from Loyola College.  He is a resident of Schoharie, New York.

Contact Stephen W. Leslie for questions or to register:

Winners of 2011 non-fiction contest announced

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 Non-Fiction Contest:

Personal Essay

Fran Yardley, Tupper Lake / “Roots”

Kathleen Anne Smith, Loudonville / “Why I Can’t Write”
Pamela Clements, Albany / “Tuna in Truro”
Faye Silton, Albany / “Muse, Mystery and Music”


Judy Staber, Old Chatham / “My Baby Docs”

Chloe Caldwell, Hudson / “Who the Others Were”
Francine Dempsey, Albany / “Confessional”
Jean Venable, Poughkeepsie / “Sounds Remembered”
Jean Van Dyk, Delmar / “Black Tight Pants”


Sandra Powley, Loudonville / “Friday Night at the ‘Vent”

Christina Pultzer, Phoenicia / “Safe!!”
Rodney L. Aldrich, Troy / “Mozart’s Rest”
Christa Holder Ocker, Newburgh / “Sister Bernadette”

Honorable Mention for HVWG Member
Mary Murphy, Albany / “Beauty Secrets”

The winning entries and the honorable mention will be read at the Community of Writers Event on October 15. Presentation of awards will also be featured, as well as recognition of the finalists and judges. This event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Albany Public Library’s Main Branch, 161 Washington Avenue, from 2-4:30 pm. The rest of the slate includes Jan Tramontano and Howard Kogan. Tramontano will be reading from her recently published novel, Standing on the Corner of Lost and Found, and Kogan will be reading from his new book of poems, Indian Summer.

HVWG featured at 10th Anniversary WordFest

The 10th Annual Albany WordFest was held on Saturday, April 16, at The Linda Auditorium on Central Avenue in Albany.  Not only did many Guild members participate throughout the day, but the Hudson Valley Writers Guild had its own one-hour slot.  Organized by member Jill Crammond, the Guild reading was hosted by Dan Wilcox, HVWG President.

Readers included Cecele Krauss, Henry Tedeschi, D. Colin, Sylvia Barnard, Leslie Neustadt, Grayon Blye and Jill Crammond. There is a summary of WordFest at Dan’s blog here, and photos from the event can be found on his flickr site.

HVWG hosts poetry publishing workshop

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Daniel Nester, associate professor of English at The College of St. Rose, conducted a free workshop on “Getting Your Poems Published in Journals,” Saturday, April 9. The workshop was sponsored by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and was free and open to the public.

The world of literary journals, famous and small, new and old, print and online, seems daunting to many newcomers. This workshop/class centered on where to start: how to find the right places for your work, what goes into a cover letter, formatting your manuscript, resources for poets, and how to start looking at one’s own work with an eye on publication.