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And on the subject of Writers' Week 2016

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:32


This week, Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official with a proclamation; Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 is the Granite State's third annual Writers’ Week. The centerpiece is Nov. 3’s New Hampshire Literary Awards, a biennial event curated by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), but there are plenty of activities during the rest of the week.

On Monday, Oct. 31,  via the social-media network Twitter, the NHWP will host a horror nanofiction contest. Writers who enter, via a single Tweet with the hashtag #NHWrites, that day will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from Spotlight Publicity. Spotlight is a promotions and marketing company with a good history with local writers. An example of a nano horror story might be, “The baby emerged in a rush of fluids and pain. The mother smiled tiredly.  The nurse screamed. "It has fangs!" The killing began. #NHWrites”

Tuesday, Nov. 1 is the start of National Novel Writing Month, an annual event during which participants attempt to pound out a 50,000-word novella during the course of the month. To mark the start, Yvette Burnham Couser, the state’s NaNoWriMo liaison will pen a column for the NHWP website to run with a list of local NaNoWriMo events.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Granite State writers are invited to share pictures of their writing spaces, along with the hashtag #NHWrites. Writers who share will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from Journal of the Month, which sends a different literary journal to its subscribers each month.

Thursday, Nov. 3 marks the New Hampshire Literary Awards. This year’s winners are:

  • Outstanding Young Adult Book - Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule

  • Outstanding Work of Nonfiction - The Nepal Chronicles by Dan Szczesny

  • Outstanding Book of Poetry - Interval by Alice B. Fogel

  • Outstanding Work of Fiction - Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

  • Outstanding Work of Children's Literature - The Girl Who Heard Colors by Marie Harris; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

  • Elizabeth Marshall Thomas will be  the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the NHWP invites its membership to join it by Tweeting out the Lit Awards winners and other New Hampshire writers with the #FridayReads hashtag.

Finally, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov 5, the Portsmouth Public Library will present “Local Authors’ Day.” As many as twenty-five local authors, including NHWP trustee Jeff Deck, will present and talk about their work