The Victoria Hudson Emerging Writers Scholarship
The Victoria A. Hudson Scholarship will award a $500 registration scholarship to one Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction emerging writer to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference February 17-19 2012. The scholarship covers registration fee only, does not include lodging, food (except what is included with the registration) or speed dating with agents.
Emerging writer is defined as: Does not have an agent or book contract or previously published a book. Chapbooks less than 500 copies, self-published less than 500 copies, and e-books less than 250 downloads are okay to enter.
Submission period is September 1 through December 1 2011.
Guidelines: Send two pages representative of your writing, plus a short essay not to exceed 500 words that begins with the line “I write because…” No identifying information should be on the writing example or the short essay. In a sealed envelope with the genre and title of your work written on the envelope, include an additional page that details your name, contact info, and a short Bio.
Mail your entry to: SFWC Scholarships C/O Hudson, PO Box 387, Hayward, CA 94543
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – MILITARY REPEAL DAY
Seeking personal accounts of actions or experiences of serving LGBT military members and your families on 20 September 2011, date of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) repeal and your experiences throughout the first year until the Anniversary date of 20 September 2012. Did you take part in a celebration, make a point of coming out to those you work with, do a small yet significant or symbolic action (like update your DD 93 and change ‘friend’ to ‘spouse’) that marked the change from forced in the closest to finally able to be yourself and true about those who are your family? What is your story of how you experienced Military Repeal Day? What was the significance of the day for you and your family? How does the repeal affect you? In the months following September 20th, what was life like for you in the service? What was your experience in that first year? What are your thoughts, opinions, emotions, and observations for you and your family during this historic first year when LGBT service members were finally visible? Are you an ally? What was your experience of your compatriots no longer having to hide? Were you a leader? How did this impact your unit or leader responsabilities?
Submit your story as RTF or Word document to Victoria.A.Hudson@gmail.com. Please include your name, rank, service, phone number, email and snail mailing address. Alternately, mail hard copy to MRD c/o Hudson, P.O. Box 387, Hayward, CA 94543. Deadline is October 1, 2013.
Submissions will be considered for the anthology Military Repeal Day – September 20, 2011, When DADT Became History, edited by Victoria Hudson.
Victoria Hudson deployed for the First Gulf War, NATO IFOR Peace Enforcement in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and service in Iraq. Additionally, she served in two domestic call-ups post 9/11. She has over 32 years of service. Currently, she commands an Army Reserve Battalion in Northern California. She is a plaintiff in a service-member and veterans’ constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act denying military and veteran same sex couples the benefits of federal recognition and spousal benefits.
Summer is almost gone and it has been packed with far too much non-writing time sucks. Much of June was prepping for my Army Reserve annual training which took up half of July. Had a good training expedition to an austere location in the mountains of California – that just means we were out in the boonies without the usual niceties of modern daily life. Upon return had a week to decompress and it was down to SOCAL to visit at Blizzard Entertainment and watch a friend get his 5 year service award (awesome sword) and four days at the mouseland. This month it was all about catching up with the toddler after being gone for so long the month before and next week vacation, again at mouseland only this time at the big one in Florida. After a month without electronics while in the boonies, getting back into the twitter and blog update groove has been slow. Next month I start a new graduate program in multimedia to update my creative skills with modern technology. What will a book look like in five, ten years? I aim to figure that out. Stay tuned.