November 14th John Hoyte: Taking a grand life and putting it into memoir

Join us with Author John Hoyte on the topic of Taking a grand life and putting it into memoir.

Persistence of Light follows author John Hoyte from a Japanese prison to an elephant crossing the Alps to success in Silicon Valley.

In this memoir, John Hoyte tells his compelling life story. His childhood in China included nearly four years in a Japanese Prison Camp during World War ll. After the war, his family settled in England, where John eventually studied at Cambridge University. While there, John and his friend Richard followed a raging debate over Hannibal’s route over the Alps; this led to conceiving an Expedition crossing the Alps with an elephant. In 1959 John led the British Alpine Hannibal Expedition with Jumbo, an Indian elephant. The Expedition garnered international media coverage and seven pages in Life Magazine.

On completing his book on the Expedition, titled Alpine Elephant, John appeared on the “To Tell the Truth” TV Show in New York. This engrossing memoir captures the twists and turns of his creative journey, its darkness and then its persistent light, that led to a fulfilling life as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He founded and was president of Spectrex Corporation, developing instruments using light for analysis. In the 1960s he witnessed the birth of Silicon Valley. He was involved with the development of the Light Emitting Diode and was a friend to Bob Noyce, founder of Intel and inventor of the Integrated Circuit. He also witnessed and was partly involved in the 1960s Counterculture.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

 

October 10th Getting Gritty: Writing Something Real for the YA Market.

Join us with author and developmental editor Clete Barrett Smith for a presentation on Getting Gritty: Writing Something Real for the YA Market. Clete Barrett Smith hails from the Pacific NW. He has published several middle grade novels under the Disney-Hyperion label including: Magic Delivery and the Aliens in Disguise series. 

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

Chanticleer Book Reviews Contest Announcements

The Chatelaine Awards ~ Romantic Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~ 2018

Deadline: August 31st, 2018

Description: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring romantic themes and adventures of the heart, historical love affairs, perhaps a little steamy romance, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (Hint: check other genres for romance categories as well, such as paranormal, young adult, mystery, etc., multiple submissions are welcome)

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $395) and go on to compete for the Chatelaine Grand Prize
  • The Chatelaine Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Romantic Fiction Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year
  • The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
  • All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

Price of Entry: $75

 

 

 

The Little Peeps Awards ~ Children’s Books Early Readers Contest ~ 2018

Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Description: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience for Early Readers. Story books, Beginning Chapter Books, Picture Books, Activity Books & Educational Books we will put them to the test and choose the best Children’s Books among them.

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $395) and go on to compete for the Little Peeps Grand Prize
  • The Little Peeps Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year
  • The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
  • All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

Price of Entry: $55

 

 

 

The Clue Awards ~ Thriller and Suspense Fiction Novel Writing Contest~ 2018

Deadline: September 30th, 2018

Description: Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring suspense, thrilling adventure, detective work, private eye, police procedural, and crime solving, we will put them to the test and choose the best among them. (For light-hearted Mystery and Suspense entries see our Mystery & Mayhem Awards)

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in the queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $395) and go on to compete for the Clue Grand Prize
  • The Clue Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Suspense/Thriller Fiction Book of the Year, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year
  • The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
  • All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

Price of Entry: $75

 

 

 

Each work submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the story compelling?
  • Professionalism of editing and formatting
  • Characterization
  • Continuity of storyline
  • Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing opening
  • Uniqueness of story
  • Writing craft
  • World construct
  • Premise

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
  • E-pub accepted.
  • All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
    • 12 point font – Times New Roman suggested.
    • Single or double-spaced. Single spaced preferred by judges.
    • Name, title, and word count on cover page.
    • Pages should be numbered.
    • Digital WORD documents or PDF only.
  • Entries must be in the English language.
  • No erotica. No graphic violence, please.
  • Published works before Dec. 31, 2015 will be disqualified.
  • Novels must be 60,000 plus words.
  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  • You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.
  • Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.
  • Digital Files must be submitted in PDF or Word DOC format.
  • Fees and Digital File must be received before Sept. 30th, 2018 midnight.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print. Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.

The Fine Print: https://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-terms-and-conditions/

Main Website: https://www.chantireviews.com/

 

Thank you for your time, if you have any questions or want to get in touch with us, please contact: sanderson@chantireviews.com

Sept 12–Welcome Back ~ Welcome Back ~Welcome Back

Whatcom Writers and Publishers invites all writers to our welcome-back-kick-off meeting. It will begin with Sean Dwyer highlighting a compiled list of conferences and sales opportunities to consider this year. There will also be plenty of time to reconnect after the summer holiday and share your summer news. We’ll have table space to show and sell your books. Please RSVP  to guarantee a seat. The official start time is 6 pm; come at 5:30 to get happy hour prices.

Time: 5:30 – 9:00 pm (Happy Hour prices apply from 5:30-6pm )
Location: Nicki’s Bella Marina
Upstairs in the Skyline Room
2615 S Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham, WA 98225

Cost: FREE (non-members are asked to join if attending more than 2 meetings per year).
Food: Order drinks and extra food (if desired) from the menu.

Seating is limited and if we underestimate the number of attendees it makes things difficult for the kitchen, wait staff, and restaurant, which is graciously giving us our meeting space for free, so please RSVP.

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