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ROCKFORD REVIEW YOUTH POETRY CONTEST: deadline May 15

Poetry contest open to all youth, 18 years old and younger! Submit up to three poems (each 50 lines or shorter) to sally@rockfordwritersguild.org or use our online submission form at www.rockfordwritersguild.org. Winners of 13-18 and 12 and Under age categories will win $25 each and be published in The Rockford Review ...
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Olivia Diamond’s redesigned website

Olivia Diamond invites you to explore her redesigned website https://mountainofdreamsbooks.com where you can find the complete collection of her and her husband's books to satisfy diverse reading tastes ...
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APRIL 15 DEADLINE!

RWG members: April 15 deadline -- Summer-Fall Members' Only edition of The Rockford Review, poems and prose, no theme, see submission guidelines on our website www.rockfordwritersguild.org April 15 deadline -- Prose contest, theme "Reckonings" see submission guidelines for prose May 15 deadline -- Rockford Review Youth Poetry contest, ages 18 and under ...
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Thank you to participating authors!

Rockford Writers' Guild thanks the authors who participated in our New Year, New Reads book giveaway! Thank you for your generosity in sending your books at your expense to the individual winners! Your efforts were'are greatly appreciated ...
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Rockford Review Youth Poetry Award

Rockford Review Youth Poetry Award:Deadline: May 15, 2021. Ages: up to 18. Submit up to three new, previously unpublished poems (50 lines or less). Include name, age, address, phone number, email address in upper right-hand corner of a Word document. Winners in two age categories: 13-18 and 12 and under. Cash prize of $25 in each age category and the two winning poems will be published in the 2021 Summer-Fall edition of The Rockford Review. No theme. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you notify us if any or all of your submissions have been accepted elsewhere. Please include your bio, 50 words or less. Notification by June 1, 2021. Submit online at: www.rockfordwritersguild.org or send to: sally@rockfordwritersguild.org.Please encourage your kids or grandkids to enter the contest ...
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RWG MEMBERS: POETRY CONTEST– MARCH 15 DEADLINE

Summer “Alignment” Poetry Contest (Members Only)Submit up to three new, previously unpublished poems (50 lines or less). Theme is Alignment. The deadline is March 15, 2021. Winning entries published in The Rockford Review, Summer-Fall edition, 2021. Winners announced in the May 2021 newsletter. Submit via online form or via email to: sally@rockfordwritersguild.org ...
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Happy Holidays to All!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Rockford Writers' Guild! ...
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Order Extra Winter-Spring The Rockford Review Books

If you would like extra copies of the upcoming W-S edition of The Rockford Review, please let me know by December 22. I'll be ordering books shortly after that date. sally@rockfordwritersguild.org ...
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Winners of Rockford Poet Laureate Competition

Congratulations to Rockford Writers' Guild members Christine Swanberg and Jocelyn Kuntz, winners of the poet laureate and youth poet laureate competition in Rockford. https://www.rrstar.com/news/20201026/rockford-names-its-first-ever-poet-laureate-and-youth-poet-laureate ...
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Updated Facebook Page, Writing Deadlines

Check out our new Facebook design, courtesy of RWG member Travis Morgan. Click on the Facebook icon on our homepage. Also, we have two deadlines on October 15: our "Spring Melt" prose contest and our regular The Rockford Review deadline, no theme, poetry and prose. Click on Submission Guidelines above. The Rockford Review Youth Poetry Award contest deadline is November 1. See our September newsletter (click on Newsletters above) for more information ...
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ROCKFORD REVIEW YOUTH POETRY CONTEST!

Calling all young poets! Cash prizes and publication in our 2021 Winter-Spring edition of The Rockford Review. Age categories: 13-19 12 and under For more information, contact editor Sally Hewitt at sally@rockfordwritersguild.org ...
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Little Free Library Project

Love this project. I hear Rockford has about 25 of these now. https://littlefreelibrary.org ...
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Rockford Review Youth Poetry Award!

Rockford Review Youth Poetry Award An anonymous donor sent us funds to sponsor a youth poetry contest. The contest will be open to all kids up to age 18, so we hope all of you RWG members will encourage your children and/or grandchildren to submit poems they’ve written. We’ll try to get the word out to the wider public, too. We’ve set up two categories: 13-18 12 and under Please send up to 3 poems, 50 lines or less, to sally@rockfordwritersguild.org. Your name, age, address, email address, and phone number should appear in the upper righthand corner. Two RWG members have graciously volunteered to judge the contest entries. The deadline for entries is October 1, midnight Rockford time. Winners will receive a $20 check from RWG and winning poems will be published in the Winter-Spring edition of The Rockford Review ...
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Books to be mailed soon

The Summer-Fall edition of The Rockford Review will be mailed next week ...
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Calling All Poets!

Invitation from Poets & Patrons of Chicago: Poetry contest with 14 themed categories, plus a free sonnet contest with 2 categories (traditional and modern). Cash prizes. Deadline September 1, 2020. Contests are open to all, except one category open to Chicago area residents only (Rockford is included in the definition of “Chicago area”). Go to www.poetsandpatrons.net for details and guidelines ...
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June Newsletter Posted on Website

Check out our June newsletter: see the results of our Board election, find out who won the writing contests, notice that our June meeting has been cancelled, and more! Just click on Newsletters at the top menu bar ...
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Read/hear Connie Kuntz interview of Ian Kessler

Here's another must-read/hear interview. Connie Kuntz interviews Ian Miles Kessler, Chicago playwright, who is originally from Hamden, CT. Connie calls this “State of the Quarantined Artist.” https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-whole-world-suddenly-tasting-loneliness ...
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Rockford Poet Laureate Positions Open for Nominations April 8

Rockford has two poet laureate positions available: Poet Laureate and Youth Poet Laureate. The nomination process begins on April 8, with a deadline of June 1. Learn more about the details here: https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-poets-laureate-champion-art-poetry-and-spoken-word ...
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MARCH 15 RWG MEETING CANCELLED

Due to recent events regarding COVID-19, we’ve decided to cancel our March 15 RWG meeting at the Burpee Museum. Yesterday, WHO declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Be safe and well, everyone! ...
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RWG MEETING, MARCH 15, 1-3 PM — EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Everyone is invited! March 15 RWG meeting: Burpee Museum of Natural History, 1-3 p.m., downstairs Riverview Room. But, if you aren't feeling well, you might want to stay home. Choose one of the stories you have done so far this year and develop a plan for rewrites. Share what you would like to do in terms of editing/revising. Please bring copies of your work so people can read along and make suggestions ...
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Connie Kuntz’s SOTA Interview of Nate Woogen

Read and hear Connie Kuntz’s fascinating State of the Artist interview with Chicago (originally from Westchester, NY) artist Nate Woogen. He says he identifies as a writer second and a comedian first. When asked why, he said, "Comedy takes over your life once you get into it." https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-slippery-floor-radiator-perfect-combination ...
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Everyone is invited! RWG meeting Feb. 16

Join other writers and enjoy their poems and stories read out loud. Bring a friend! Sunday, Feb. 16, Burpee Museum (downstairs Riverview Room), 1-3 PM. Join in on the fun! ...
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Connie Kuntz Interviews Rockford Artist Valerie Gibbons

Read and listen to Connie Kuntz’s heartwarming interview with “fun” artist Valerie Gibbons, who first made a footstool for her sister. "State of the Artist continues with a Rockford woman who makes decoupage. Decoupage involves gluing and arranging paper cutouts on a variety of surfaces. It's a form of expression that has special meaning for artist Valerie Gibbons." https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-whats-name ...
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RWG MEETING JAN. 19 , 1-3 PM, BURPEE MUSEUM – ALL ARE WELCOME!

For the January meeting, bring someone else’s writing (prose or poem) that is told from a different character’s perspective (e.g., Grendel by John Gardner which tells the story of Beowulf from the monster’s perspective). In February, bring your writing telling a story from someone other than the main character’s perspective. We’ll share our writing and also have a writing contest ...
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Severson Dells Writing Workshop: Register Early

Severson Dells Writing Workshop: March 21 Join other writers for a morning with Gavin Van Horn at Severson Dells Nature Center. $35 for Severson Dells members, $45 for non-members. Space is limit- ed, so register early. 815-335-2915 ...
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Connie Kuntz Interviews Christopher D. Sims

Read and listen to Connie Kuntz's lively interview with Rockford poet and writer Christopher D. Sims. Hear him recite his poem, "Sacred Woman." Christopher D. Sims, aka UniverSouLove, is a poet, spoken word artist, performer, and human rights activist. I followed him for a day in the city where he was born and raised: Rockford, Illinois. https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-pescatarian-poet-says-its-still-who-i-am?nopop=1&fbclid=IwAR2L8A1ka3YbXawzIIIS-wcOUg6rTCACj0ASfoc0JvwhdkE4lPtCrTWqnyw ...
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Everyone is invited! RWG meeting Sunday, Dec. 15!

Reminder: everyone is invited! RWG meeting Sunday, Dec. 15, at Burpee Museum from 1-3 p.m. in the downstairs Riverview Room. Come and enjoy your fellow writers, learn new writing tips, read your stories and poems, participate in a writing contest ...
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Everyone Is Invited! RWG Meeting, December 15, Burpee Museum

Everyone is invited! It’s that time again for people who live near or in Rockford — our next meeting is a week from today on Sunday, December 15, from 1-3 p.m. in the downstairs Riverview Room of the Burpee Museum. James Marshall will lead the group in discussing the writing of a poem or prose piece that’s a sequel to a story. Join in the camaraderie and learning process. People in Rockford are fortunate to have such a writing group. Cash prizes are awarded for a writing contest ...
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Give a Gift Membership

Consider giving your writer friends a gift membership to Rockford Writers' Guild. Just click on Give a Gift on our website, www.rockfordwritersguild.org and follow the prompts. Our 2020 Summer-Fall edition is open to members only, so this is a chance for unpublished writers to be published! ...
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Connie Kuntz’s State of the Artist Interview

Read and hear Connie Kuntz’s colorful State of the Artist interview of Manny Tang, aka China Cat, printmaker and painter. Another Rockford artist refers to Manny as “Rockford Royalty.” https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-who-doesnt-little-black-leather ...
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RWG Meeting, Nov. 17, Burpee Museum

Everyone is invited! RWG meeting on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Burpee Museum, downstairs Riverview Room, from 1-3 PM. Bring an example of a sequel to a story (prose or poem) in which the sequel is written by a different author than the original story ...
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November 17 RWG Meeting

Rockford area writers, come on down to the Burpee Museum, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1-3 PM, downstairs Riverview Room. Enjoy friendship and shared creativity! Bring an example of a sequel to a story (prose or poem) in which the sequel is written by a different author than the original story. A writing contest will take place toward the end of the meeting ...
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Severson Dells Nature Center: Volunteer Opportunity

Conservation Crew Work Day — Vegetation Management Saturday, November 9, 2019 9 AM to NOON No experience necessary; training and tools are supplied. Bring a water bottle and stay hydrated. Dress in layers and expect to get dirty! https://www.seversondells.com/events/conservationcrew-nov-9 ...
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Connie Covers the Screamatorium

Just in time for Halloween! Read Connie Kuntz’s delightful spine-tingling, elbow-tickling piece about Ann-Margret Naber and Brian Thomas' Screamatorium. https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-devil-details ...
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RWG Meeting Sunday, October 20

Don’t miss the Sunday, October 20, Rockford Writers’ Guild meeting at Burpee Museum, 737 N. Main Street, 1-3 p.m. That’s just a week from today. Bring a short prose or poetic retelling of a story that you wrote yourself. And, winners of the “Smooth as Ice” poetry contest are invited to read their poems. James Marshall, Ph.D., will lead the meeting ...
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Connie’s Interview With Dr. James Marshall

Ornithologist and Rockford Writers’ Guild Vice President Dr. James Marshall bands birds at Severson Dells Nature Center every week during the fall migration. Read Connie's interview with James to find out what he says regarding the decline in our national bird population. https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-ornithologist-responds-national-bird-population-decline ...
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The Shumway, Oct. 1, 10 AM

All artists, including writers, are invited to a coffee klatch with Connie Kuntz on Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m. sharp at The Shumway; 713 E. State Street in Rockford. Connie is the host of 89.5 WNIJ's State of the Artist. WNIJ is the local station for NPR. For State of the Artist, Connie interviews Illinois artists in the places that inspire them to keep creating and changing the world. The five-minute interviews are broadcast during Morning Edition and then live forever on the WNIJ website and NPR podcasts. She is scouting for artists to feature on the show and she will discuss the interview process at the klatch. No registration necessary, but if you have questions, email Connie at ckuntz@niu.edu. This is a free event and coffee will be served ...
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Three Upcoming Events at Severson Dells

THREE EVENTS AT SEVERSON DELLS: Sept. 26, 7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast at the Dells Sept. 28, 8 am - 4 pm Forest Quest Scavenger Hunt Sept. 28, 4:30 pm Concert: Musician Kraig Kenning For more information, call 815-335-2915 or email info@seversondells.org ...
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Poetry Contest Winners

“Smooth as Ice” Poetry Contest Winners Thank you to the writers who entered the Smooth as Ice Fall Poetry Contest. Judges selected ten $10 winners and their work with be published in the 2020 Winter-Spring edition of The Rockford Review. Winners are invited to share their poems at the October 20 meeting. Marie Asner for “The Skater.” Cindy Guentherman for “Combing the Dog.” Mark Hudson for “Icy Pond.” John Casey Kalkirtz for “The Old Country Mailbox.” Jennifer Lagier for “Frosted.” Emily Marshall, age 7, for “Smooth as Ice” — children’s category. James Marshall for “Smooth Sailing.” Wilda Morris for “Florrie.” Jim Swierzynski for “Byootocks on Ice.” June Thompson for “Ice Walk.” Honorable mention: R.M. Yager’s “Martini Talk.” ...
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Submission Form Online

Hello, Writers! Our new website is online at www.rockfordwritersguild.org. Check it out! We encourage you to submit your poems and prose pieces via our online submission form. Try it -- you'll like it! We have two deadlines: October 15 for open submissions of poetry and prose and November 15 for our On the Abyss contest (for RWG members only) ...
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On the Abyss Contest

Hello, RWG Members, We have another contest, deadline November 15. Please submit up to three poems, each no more than 50 lines each, and/or three prose pieces (fiction or creative nonfiction), each 1,300 words or less. Theme: On the Abyss. The winning pieces will be published in our 2020 Winter-Spring edition of The Rockford Review. Also, our RWG website is refurbished — check it out at www.rockfordwritersguild.org. For those interested, try using our new submission form for entering the contest ...
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RWG Meeting September 15

Our next Rockford Writers’ Guild meeting is on Sunday, September 15, 1 -3 p.m. in the Riverview Room, Burpee Museum. James Marshall has outlined a schedule for RWG meetings titled “A Year of Re-Creation.” For the first two meetings, we will look at how people retell familiar stories. In the September meeting, bring in an example of an author or poet who is retelling a well-known story. We will discuss these works and have a writing contest ...
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Calling all writers!

Please consider sending us your poems and short stories for our 2020 Winter-Spring The Rockford Review. Deadline: October 15. Members and non-members, please send up to 3 poems (each 50 lines or less) and/or three short stories (each 1,300 words or less). Include a bio (50 words or less). Send to: sally@rockfordwritersguild.org Thank you! We pay $5 for every person published in the edition ...
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RAAC Meeting August 28

Attention Artists and Writers! Arts+Meeting WED, August 28 Noon-1:00 PM Arts Council office 713 East State ...
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One More Day!

Guild members -- you have one more day to submit up to three new poems to our poetry contest. The theme is: Smooth as Ice. Each poem should be 50 lines or less. Please also include a short bio of up to 50 words.       Send to sally@rockfordwritersguild.org Thank you, everyone! ...
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We Need Your Good News!

Guild members -- Be sure to send us any good news about your writing successes and we'll post the news in our September newsletter. Send to sally@rockfordwritersguild.org ...
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Connie’s Interview With Ann Rundall

As with all of Connie’s extraordinary interviews, her interview with Ann Rundall is chockfull of witty quotes, lessons to be learned, and a wealth of inspiration. You go, girl! And know we miss you! Thanks to Connie for sharing this one. "This year's theme is 'Dream.' I think too often children get told what their dreams should be. We are trying to draw the dreams out of the children, and encourage them to dream for themselves.” And another: “It (Ann’s car license plate) spells RT ATAK, because I believe that we can attack the problems of the world through the arts," said Ann. https://www.northernpublicradio.org/post/state-artist-here-go-make-some-stuff ...
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TEN MORE DAYS!!

Rockford Writers' Guild poets -- you have ten more days before the August 15 deadline! Poetry contest: "Smooth as Ice" is the theme. Cash prizes to the winners. Send new, unpublished poems (each 50 lines or less) to sally@rockfordwritersguild.org ...
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Dan Klefstad’s Upcoming Novel

Take a few minutes to read this well-written and enticing excerpt: "The Dead of Venice” is a chapter-excerpt from Dan Klefstad’s upcoming novel, "Fiona’s Guardians." ...
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Doris Kampfe

To all who knew Doris Kampfe: Doris Kampfe passed away on July 20, which explains why she didn’t make it to the Un-Gala. She was 93 and a longtime member of the Guild. She was featured on the last podcast with her poem, Bounce Back. Her daughter Lisa died a few months ago. Our deepest sympathy to Doris's family and friends. She will be missed and forever cherished ...
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