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Monthly Archives: November 2012

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.


We’ve become the focus of the Philadelphia Stories online auction! If you’d like to donate an item or bid, check out the info here. In addition, if you’d like to support both magazines year round, check out the sustaining members page here or you can make a one time donation. If you make your donation by January 1st, we can plan our PS, Jr.  issues for 2013 and reach out to even more young people.

On Friday, November 30th, PS, Junior volunteers Aileen Bachant and Sam Rosenthal will be running a writing workshop for third graders at Ethel M. Burke Elementary School in Bellmawr, NJ. If you’d like to learn more about PS, Junior’s writing workshops, please contact Stephanie at

The Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson Award in Formal Poetry will be a yearly award of $250 to a High School student from Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Philadelphia counties. To enter, please visit the MCLP program website.


Deadline: Poems must be mailed to: MCPL Program, PO Box 441, Hatfield, PA 19440. Early deadline is Monday, January 28, 2013 (extended deadline to tbd)

Awards: $250 prize (plus $50 Honorable Mention) will be given at a formal awards presentation on Saturday, April 13th 2013, at Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts (7924 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia).

Judges: 2012 Montgomery County Poet Laureate Liz Chang

Divided into four age groups (Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-9, Grades 10-12). The contest’s purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in poetry writing for local students! Prizes will be given at a formal awards presentation by editors of PoetryWITS, Saturday, April 13th 2013, at Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts. To enter, please visit the MCPL program website.


Entry Rules: Three (3) poems. Any style, form, or length. All work to be original, published or unpublished, typewritten or word processed, one side only. DO NOT PLACE NAME OR ADDRESS ON POETRY PAGES. Attach Entry Form with paper clip to packet of poems. List titles of poems, your name, address, phone number and email address on opposite side of this page. If return of manuscript is desired, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. Entries will only be returned if mailed with a self-addressed stamped envelope. * Please do not send certified mail.

Deadline: Poems must be mailed to: MCPL Youth Poetry Contest, PO Box 441, Hatfield, PA 19440. The early deadline is Monday, January 28, 2013 (extended deadline tbd).

Notification: Winner will be notified by Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Entry Fee (optional): PoetryWTS will be accepting an optional donation of $5 (or more) for Hope Gardens, an eight-unit transitional housing for homeless adults and children in Ambler PA. Please make check payable to: Indian Valley Arts Foundation (list PoetryWITS in the memo). Include the check along w/ the entry form.

Awards: $50 First Place, $25 Second Place prizes given to the winner at a formal awards presentation by Editors of PoetryWITS, on Saturday, April 13th 2013, at Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts (7924 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia).

Judges: Award-winning poets from Montgomery and Bucks Counties

When: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 7:00PM

Where: Central Library

Cost: FREE, No tickets required

For Info: 215-567-4341


Food Network icon Rachael Ray is host of the Emmy Award–winning syndicated show Rachael Ray, as well as 30-Minute Meals and Tasty Travels. Her bestselling cookbooks include The Book of Burger and Rachael Ray’s Look + Cook—a “bullet-proof recipe go-to source” (Time). She is the founder and editorial director of the lifestyle magazine Every Day With Rachael Ray and the founder of Yum-o!, a charitable organization committed to promoting healthy family meals. Ranging in scope from last-minute meals to family feasts and her husband’s cocktail recipes, Ray shares more than 500 recipes from her own kitchen in My Year in Meals.

In conversation with Michael Klein, editor/producer of and a Philadelphia Inquirer Table Talk columnist.


Bracelets will be distributed to audience members who wish to purchase a new book and have it signed. Bracelets are first come first served.

You must have a bracelet and new book in order to enter the signing line.

Rachael will personalize only the new cookbook.

Books other than The Year in Meals will receive a signature but no personalization.

James Arthur, who has been published in The New YorkerThe New RepublicPoetryPloughshares, and The American Poetry Review, will be doing a reading at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy tomorrow, November 17th at 5pm with Rahul Mehta. Check out an interview with Arthur on APIARY’s blog here.