The Tallgrass Film Association (TFA) is calling for submissions for their 14th annual Tallgrass Film Festival. The festival will take place October 12-16, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. This year, the festival will offer over $11,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Vimeo.
Film categories and submission guidelines can be found on the Tallgrass Film Association's website here. The early bird deadline for submissions is April 13, 2016.
Kansas Authors Club District Five held its December Meeting Saturday the 12th at the Rockwell Branch Library. The December Meeting includes a read-around by members, and this year, as in last year, KAC Youth Contest Award Winners were invited to come to the meeting and read their winning entries. Seven young people attended and impressed us all with their writing and reading skills.
From left, Vasuma Chaparala, who read her 1st ("One Simple Wish") and 2nd ("Global Peace") place winners in the Grades 7-8 Non-Fiction Contest, Sarah Chocron, who read her Honorable Mention winning Grades 5-6 Fiction entry, "To Change the Past"; Amit Bhosale, who read his 2nd place entry in the Grades 5-6 Non-Fiction category, "Today's Robots"; Arya Bhosale, with his 3rd place entry in the Grades 3-4 contest, "Lessons from My Mistakes"; Sabarish Ravi, who received two Grades 3-4 Fiction Honorable Mentions for "Sae Ranger" and "Nothing To Do," and a 3rd place award for his poem "If I Were a Seed"; Oshada Koraleggedara, who took 1st place in Grades 1-2 Fiction with "Shark Adventure"; Nithish Aravinthan, who was recognized as KAC Youth Writer of the Year for 2015, took four awards in Grades 1-2: 2nd place in FIction with "The Haunted House," 1st and 2nd places in Poetry with "The Coconut Song" and "Boo! Scared You!" and 3rd place in Non-Fiction, "What Makes Us Better People."
The Early Bird registration deadline for the 2015 KAC Convention ends September 1, 2015. Persons registering after September 1 will have to pay full price.
The 2015 KAC Convention will take place October 2-4, in Topeka, Kansas and includes youth events, writing workshops, and the Awards Banquet.
We hope to see you there.
The registration form for the 2015 KAC Convention is now available on the Kansas Authors Club website here. The registration form includes five options, including one for Saturday workshops and banquet only, as well as one for meals only. Early registration discounts apply until September 1, 2015 so fill out the form and send it soon.
This year, the convention takes place at the Ramada Inn Downtown Topeka, Kansas, October 2 - 4. KAC members enjoy the annual convention as an opportunity to learn about their craft and reunite with other writers. The Youth Awards take place Friday evening, Saturday is a full day of writing workshops, and KAC Contest winners will be announced during Sunday's Awards Luncheon.
Hope to see you there!
KAC members Cheryl Unruh and Roy Beckemeyer both had their books recognized as Kansas Notable Books for 2015.
Each year, the Kansas State Librarian selects 15 books for the Kansas Notable Books List. The books are selected from a list of books published the previous year which were either written by Kansas authors or about Kansas.
This year, books written by two Kansas Authors Club members are included on the list. Music I Once Could Dance To is Roy J. Beckemeyer's first collection of poetry, while Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays is Carol Unruh's second collection of essays.
An award ceremony will be held at the Kansas Book Festival, September 12, 2015, to recognize the talented Notable Book authors.
More information about the Kansas Notable Book project can be found at the Kansas State Library website here.
Dear District 5 members - the 2015 Kansas Authors Club Writing Contest Deadline is fast approaching. Get your entries in.
If you do not have access to a computer or have the computer skills to use Submittable, get your entries to Ray Racobs or Roy Beckemeyer quickly. We can submit for you now, but if we have a big pile on June 15th, we may not get everything in. Check out the rules here:
Please enter. If you have problems, let us know now so we can help you.
District 5 members have had excellent submissions in prior years and we are confident that the entries this year will raise the bar to new heights.
The deadline for KAC Literary Contest Entries is fast approaching. At this writing, June 16, 2015 is less than a month away. So, for you writers who work better under pressure, now is your time to shine. Pick up your quill, pen, laptop, phone, or tablet and let your words take wing. The deadline for submissions will be here before you know it. Write. Submit. Win. Good luck!
The annual Kansas City Voices contest is now open for entries! They accept poetry, flash fiction, personal essays, and artwork.
Kansas City Voices is a non-profit publication. The contest helps the publication raise money to cover their publishing costs in addition to celebrating the talented artists and writers across the nation.
Winners of the contest win a monetary prize and will be featured in Kansas City Voices Volume 13!
Deadline for entries is June 30, 2015.
Full rules and guidelines can be found at the Whispering Prairie Press contest page here.
For the March photo story contest write a 500-word story about this photo. Official rules are here.
The contest chair, Ray "Grizzly" Racobs, will accept entries at the District 5 KAC meeting on March 14 at the Rockford Library in Wichita. Entries can also be mailed to him at 401 North Lorraine, Wichita, KS, 67214. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015.
There will be a new District 5 Photo Contest each month until the state KAC Literary Writing Contest begins in April. A contestant may enter a story for each photo.