Closing Time

The year 2019 is closing down, soon to be a dusty memory on the shelf, while 2020 is waiting for us to make fresh new memories. This has been a good year for me, but I hope 2020 will be even better.

Although I didn’t enter as many contests in 2019, I won a fair number of writing awards, including:

Each year, I sponsor and/or judge multiple conference contests. In 2019, I added the

La Viness Short Story Writing Contest

a new contest not involved with any conference. This one is my own special offer. Check out our 2019 winners on the contest website. Being the first year, it wasn’t yet known well, but I still had some rather competitive entries in the bunch. A big “THANK YOU” goes out to the judges who helped me determine the winners. The website will be updated in early January with the 2020 contest information. Submissions will be accepted from June 1st to August 31st, 2020.

I will also be offering a new contest at the White County Creative Writers Conference in 2020. Watch for it on their website.

All the 1st Place winners of my past contests are listed here.

Along with all the writerly news of 2019, we have some wonderful family news to share. We became great-grandparents in the spring! However, the little guy lives near the east coast, so we’re hoping to meet him in 2020, if possible.

Along with the new year comes a plan to attend some different conferences. I’ll still be at some of my regulars, and I’m still offering all the same contests. But, I want to visit some events in Kansas, Missouri, or Texas. Of course, if I am asked to speak at any events, you can be sure I’ll be at those! For more information, see my ABOUT page.

I have a fabulous panel of publishers lined up for the 6th Annual Meet the Publishers! event, in Tulsa. In past years, I’ve brought in book publishers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. This year, I’ve added a magazine publisher and a newspaper publisher. So, don’t miss our 2020 event on March 28th. Check out the website and save the date! Here’s a link:

If you’re following me to the conferences, keep an eye on my SCHEDULE page for the latest updates on where I’ll be.

Thanks for stopping in. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! Wishing you all the best in 2020!

Renee’ La Viness


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