January 2018 Meeting Reminder — Entering Writing Contests with guest speaker Kerry Johnson

Our first meeting of 2018 is THIS THURSDAY, January 25th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Kerry Johnson. This is what she has to say about her upcoming presentation:


Kerry and her Genesis Award!

Since 2010, I’ve entered 23 writing contests. The first three years I received red marks, low scores, and few accolades. In September 2017, my middle grade story won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Contest. I believe entering contests can be the bridge from novice to intermediate to advanced—and then published. In our next meeting, I’ll:

  1. Discuss my experiences—positive and negative—and share how I kept my head up when those scores were low enough to be Florida winter temps.
  2. Share the 3 P’s of putting on that thick skin and finding success with writing contests: Practice, Perseverance, and Prayer
  3. I’ll also offer what I believe is the key to success in the Christian writing world—published or not.

There will be a list of writing contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and I just might pass around chocolate. Hope to see you there!

Kerry Johnson writes middle grade speculative fiction and contemporary romance. A member of ACFW since 2011, she believes getting lost in a good book while nibbling Ghirardelli milk chocolate and sipping tea is a stone’s throw from Heaven’s gates. She has been published in Creation Illustrated and Granola Bar Devotionals, and was a regular contributor to Tampa Bay’s Overflow Magazine from 2011-2013. Her middle grade story finaled in ACFW’s Genesis Contest in 2015 and won the YA category in 2017, and her contemporary romance finaled in 2016 and 2017. Both stories won their categories (Middle Grade and Romance) at the Florida Christian Writers Conference in 2016. In addition, her women’s fiction novel finaled in ACFW’s First Impressions in 2015. She lives in Riverview with her engineer husband, two active boys, and a few unique pets you can’t really pet. You can find her online at candidkerry.wordpress.com or on Facebook and Twitter at @candidkerry.

After Kerry’s presentation, we will spend time critiquing work.

Our prompt this month is “Do You Have a Dream?” (Remember–you may bring work on any topic. Writing to the prompt is optional.)

Works brought for critique should be no more than two pages front only or one page front and back, typed, double-spaced, 12 pt font.

And, some final BCW business: Dues are due for the 2018 year! Our dues are a mere $20, which allows us to pay for our meeting space every month and other small essentials. Dues may be paid in cash, or by check made out to Brandon Christian Writers.

Looking forward to kicking off 2018 with BCW!

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About Kat Heckenbach

Kat grew up in the small town of Riverview, Florida, where she spent most of her time either drawing or sitting in her "reading tree" with her nose buried in a fantasy novel...except for the hours pretending her back yard was an enchanted forest that could only be reached through the secret passage in her closet... She never could give up on the idea that maybe she really was magic, mistakenly placed in a world not her own...but as the years passed, and no elves or fairies carted her away...she realized she was just going to have to create the life of her fantasies. She shares that life with her husband and two homeschooling kids. Kat is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in Biology. She spent several years teaching, but never in a traditional classroom--everything from Art to Algebra II. Her writing spans the gamut from inspirational personal essays to dark and disturbing fantasy and horror, with over forty short fiction and nonfiction credits to her name.

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