2021 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists

Women Writing the West® (WWW) is proud to announce the 2021 WILLA Literary Award competition Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2020 published literature for women’s or girls’ stories set in the North American West. WWW, a nonprofit association of writers and other writing professionals writing and promoting the Women’s West, is the underwriter andContinue reading “2021 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists”

2021 Summer Workshop Round-Up

Julie Zander and I thought we had prepared for everything that might rear its ugly head and come between us and success. We had a workshop leader that was proven to know her stuff when it came to pitches, Julie had 16 agents agree to review the pitches, and we had 28 WWW members whoContinue reading “2021 Summer Workshop Round-Up”

Bringing Portland to You

Water Kathy Sechrist – 2021 Conference Chair Portland, Oregon—water, water, everywhere. The city sits in a valley between two of earth’s natural treasures and lifelines. Their waters carved the land and affected both man and earth’s history.  Travel east, and you pass through the gorge cleaved by the mighty Columbia River. The Gorge began forming as farContinue reading “Bringing Portland to You”

2021 DOWNING Journalism Award Finalists

Exciting News! The finalists for the 2021 DOWNING Journalism Award are as follows in alphabetical order:  Wild Women of the West: Jenny Murphy by Chris Enss,  Ripple Effect: Will the West Figure Out How to Share Water? by Sophia Jeremias Living Space by Susan Tweit.  Congratulations to all! The winner will be announced at theContinue reading “2021 DOWNING Journalism Award Finalists”

Finalists Announced – 2021 LAURA Short Fiction Award

I’m pleased to announce The 2021 Women Writing the West LAURA Short Fiction Award finalists in no particular order: “The Pretender” by Karen Jones “Lila’s Song” by Jane Perry “Mountain Trout” by Heather Ormsby Final placements will be announced during the 2021 Women Writing the West virtual conference in October.  Congratulations, ladies!Betsy Betsy Randolph2021 President-ElectTheContinue reading “Finalists Announced – 2021 LAURA Short Fiction Award”

Literature For All

Why adjust The WILLA Literary Award categories? Romantic fiction has been around since the 18th century, but it was Jane Austen who set the world on fire with a new form of fiction focusing on the lives and everyday struggles of female protagonists–particularly their romantic lives. Pride and Prejudice, published in 1811, did not identifyContinue reading “Literature For All”

Bringing Portland to You

VOODOO Doughnuts Barb Froman, WWW President If we could be in Portland during the 2021 Conference, I guarantee you’d walk 40 yards from the hotel to the famous VOODOO Doughnuts.  Founded in 2003, with the tongue-in-cheek mission of “world doughnut domination,” you can no longer get the Pepto doughnut which made the company renowned.  CoveredContinue reading “Bringing Portland to You”

Summer Workshop

Have you registered for WWW’s  FIRST Summer Workshop?The very successful author, Christina Dodd once said, ‘Submitting your work is like getting on stage, pulling down your pants, and asking for comments.’ Pitching is the same. Let’s face it; the thought of it is enough to make the strongest shudder and run.  Ahhh yes, we’ve allContinue reading “Summer Workshop”

J.v.L. Bell Guest Blog

The Sandhill Cranes of Kearney, Nebraska When pioneers crossed the Great Plains in their wagon trains, were they awoken by screams and by a sky dark with birds? In the evening, did they hear noises on the Platte River and wonder what new terror was approaching? After visiting the Sandhill Cranes in Kearney, Nebraska, I’veContinue reading “J.v.L. Bell Guest Blog”