Category: San Diego Happenings

SD Public Library Short Story Contest Winners Read

SD Public Library Short Story Contest Winners: Live Readings & Performance

When: Friday, May 25 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Central Library / Neil Morgan Auditorium 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: FREE

Join Write Out Loud and San Diego Public Library for a delightful evening of live readings and performance of the top 4 winning stories in SDPL’s inaugural Short Story Contest. The goal of the Short Story Contest is to foster local writing talent and provide a platform for the promotion and publication of short-form fiction in the area and is a continuation of the library’s robust support for local writing.  Winning writers Aaron Garretson, Jean Seager, Bruce Golden and Eleanor Bluestein will be in attendance to receive their awards. Refreshments served.

 

SDBA Winner Margaret Harmon Speaks at La Jolla Pen Women

Margaret Harmon spoke at the La Jolla Pen Women get together this past weekend about “Literary Games, using the power of PLAY to crash through fears, blocks, and procrastination…we win by playing.” Harmon won the 2014 San Diego Book Award for Best Published Anthology with The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own.

She also spent some time at the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild Author Showcase in the La Jolla Library on Saturday, May 11th.

Way to go Margaret!

This is the reason SDBA is here, to celebrate San Diego writing, writers, and happenings.

San Diego Book Awards regrets to announce the cancellation of this year’s published book competition. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough entries to have a meaningful competition.

The unpublished segment of the competition will go on as planned.

We have contacted our published authors, and most have opted to leave their entries with us. They will be automatically entered in next year’s competition. We are considering making this a two-year competition moving forward.

What do you think?

Although the competition has been modified for 2018, we still have a number of activities planned for the coming months, and there are many ways to get involved and volunteer to help us continue our mission of encouraging and supporting local authors.

Sincerely,
San Diego Book Awards Association

To celebrate the end of 2017, we at SDBA are honored to now have stickers available for those who have entered and become finalists. As a special thank you for those who have submitted so bravely in previous years, this is our way of letting you know your hard work and support have not gone unnoticed.

Stickers are available for purchase in the SDBA store!

San Diego Book Awards

Susan Vreeland Memorial — Celebration of Life

The event will be Thursday, September 21, 12:30 PM at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego. 

After the 12:30 Public Event in Balboa Park there will be a private reception at another location. 

Feel free to pass this information along. 

Sincerely, 
Kip Gray (Susan’s husband)

Susan Vreeland, San Diego Author

The San Diego Book Awards extends their condolences to the family, friends, and the San Diego writing community for the loss of Susan Vreeland who passed away on August 23.

“Nobody brought art and artists to life like she did,” said Julie Slavinsky from Warwick’s bookstore in John Wilken’s obituary of Vreeland in the August 2 San Diego Union-Tribune.

In a 2014 interview in the Union-Tribune, Ms. Vreeland gave wonderful advice to authors, “Writers have to be observant. Every nuance, every inflection in a voice, the quality of air even–they all get mixed up in this soup of the story developing in our minds. We can’t ignore these little intuitions, because sometimes that’s where you find treasures.”

And, as Susan McBeth of Adventures by the Book said in Vreeland’s obituary, “We’ve lost a literary treasure.”