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HVWG Annual Meeting November 9

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild will hold its annual meeting, Sunday, November 9, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY. The meeting will include a reading by winners in the recent Guild essay contest.  The meeting is free and open to the public, members and non-members alike.

The annual meeting will also include a report on the year’s activities and projects and the election of members to the Executive Board. This year, three of the current board members will have completed their terms and will step down; additional positions on the board are open, as well, so we need volunteers.

There really is no “Hudson Valley Writers Guild.” It is the members who are “the Guild.”  We need you to create interesting and informative programming and to keep the Guild functioning to serve our members and the greater writing community of the Capital District. 

The Board meets on the odd-numbered months, except in November, so effectively there are only five meetings a year. The Executive Board selects officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer), plans programming and reviews and approves requests for funding for literary projects.

So please think about joining the board, and join us at the Guild’s annual meeting.

Questions or further information, contact Dan Wilcox via email ( or phone (518-482-0262).


Winners of the 2014 HVWG Non-Fiction Essay Contest

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild has announced the winners of its 2014 Non-Fiction Essay Writing Contest. The winners were chosen from 75 essays submitted from writers throughout New York State. Members of the Guild served as judges of the contest, which was coordinated by Albany writer Jan Tramontano.

The winner in the humor category is David Eye (Syracuse) for his essay, “A Mile in Her Shoes.”

Honorable mentions go to Susan Clements (Buffalo) for “Managed Care” and Robert Dodd (Hillsdale) for his essay, “Cul de Sox.”

The winner in the memoir/personal essay category is “Public Information” by Mary Murphy (Albany).

Honorable mentions are awarded to Carol A. Derfner (Kinderhook) for her essay “Hardball” and Geoffrey Rose (Niskayuna) for “Bonnie.”

The winners will be honored at an award ceremony and reading during the Hudson Valley Writers Guild Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bethlehem Public Library located at 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, New York. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jan Tramontano: by phone (518) 588-5537 or email:

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


2013 Short Fiction Contest


The HVWG writing contest alternates genres annually. This year’s contest is in short fiction.  Winners will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their winning story at a special Guild program in the fall of 2013.

First Prize – $100
Second Prize – $75
Third Prize – $50

Eligibility:  All contestants must be residents of New York State.  Current members of the HVWG Board of Directors and their families are not eligible. Current or past students as well as family of the judges are also not eligible.  This year’s judges are:  Pam Clements, Nancy Klepsch, David Sylvester.

Entries must be postmarked between March 1 and May 31, 2013.  Identification/ contact information must not appear anywhere on the submission.  Cover letter should include the following: name, address, phone number, email address, title of short story, word count.  One story per submission, but more than one submission may be sent with corresponding entry fee.

*All submissions must be typed in 12-pt. font, double-spaced.

*Word count – no more than 6,500 words.

*Send two hard copies by mail, no e-mail submissions.

*Story must be previously unpublished.

*All themes are considered, but please no pornography or erotica.

*Stories will be judged on the basis of strong characters, compelling plots, distinctive voice and evocative prose.

Results:  Submissions will not be returned, but if you would like hardcopy results of the contest, please send an SASE. All entrants will be notified of winners by email and/or SASE.  Results will also be posted on our website at

For more information, please contact Mimi Moriarty at

Mail submissions and entry fee to:
The HVWG Short Fiction Contest
c/o Mimi Moriarty
3180 New Scotland Road
Voorheesville, NY  12186.

Entry Fee$15 for non-members of HVWG, $10 for members.  Make checks payable to HVWG and send with submission.

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

HVWG announces 2012 poetry contest guidelines

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild hosts an annual contest that rotates among the genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Cash prizes are awarded. Winners and honorable mentions read their work during a Community of Writers program in the fall.

This year’s contest is in poetry. Check out submission guidelines here. We’re looking forward to reading your work!

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.