The mission of WiVLA is to provide an inspiring forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, to promote their work in the marketplace, and to infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.
I read, much of the night, and go south in winter.
T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land

 February 2014                     

 

Calendar of Events

Monday, February 10 at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Board Meeting  
Sosa Community Center
1414 Wirt Road
Houston, TX77055 
 
Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m.
WiVLA Membership Meeting 
Speakers: Susana Monteverde and Dr. Elizabeth Gregory
Museum of Printing History
1324 West Clay
  
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.
   

 
We're on Facebook!
  
Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page?  We do, and we want you to LIKE us!
 
Our Facebook page is an excellent tool for informal communication among members.  Do you have a show coming up?  Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or selling equipment?  Post it on our page. Do you have something to brag about or share?  Why not post it?
 
To find us on Facebook, click here, then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.


 

In This Issue


~ Picture from the Past


~ WiVLA News:  Stay informed.  Get involved.


~ Announcements:  Who's doing what?


~ Review:  Gwendolyn Zepeda


~ Cafe Table:  New!  A challenge for you.


~ Calls for Entry:  More opportunities than ever!


~ Quick Links:  Connect with the Houston arts community.


Picture from the Past

Cindy Rasche at the 2011 Finding Balance exhibit, Museum of Printing History.  If you have a photo that you would like to submit to Voices, please email it, along with an informative caption, to newsletter@wivla.org.  We'd love to print it in our next issue!

A Note from Your President

 
"We wanted a networking group for women who were making their living by their creative wits, or who wished to explore their creativity.  We had no idea how big the synergy would be between visual and literary artists.  It has taken on a life of its own." (Karleen Koen -1994)
 
I am the eleventh president of WiVLA.  I am the president who announces that our twentieth year begins.  How proud we should all be!  Artists and writers have had the opportunity to grow and learn from each other's paths.  My first term as president has provided me with personal growth, strong friendships, computer skills, and hard working collaborative efforts with a unique board of directors.

Say these words: Vision, Collaboration, and Retrospection.  Three opportunities are being offered to artists and writers to help celebrate our twentieth year of exhibition.  This title represents the past and the future of creative entries you may choose from.  We are steadily working on the development of this event. You can begin your endeavors now and prepare for this exciting exhibit.  The definition of a resolution is a fixed determination.  Resolve to grow in your creative spirit and help make your mark with us.

As my second term begins, I look forward to that synergy that began in 1994.  An active new year is ahead of me, and I eagerly anticipate your support and enthusiasm.

Creative regards in our new year,
Cathy

Contribute to Voices

 
Are you participating in an exhibit or a reading?  Do you know of a cultural event that would be of interest to fellow WiVLA members?  Have you sold a sculpture or published a poem?  Let us know in our monthly newsletter. 

Posting an announcement in  the newsletter is your foremost method of reaching every WiVLA writer and artist.  Make Voices a part of your networking effort. 

The deadline for contributing to Voices is the twentieth of each month.  Simply send your contribution to newsletter@wivla.org.  We'll do our best to include your announcement!

I've Been Thinking

Dear readers,

I've been thinking about silence.

One evening last week, I was sitting at the computer in my kitchen, writing.  Must have been about eight o'clock.  It's dark outside, the dog is twitching and dreaming, and I'm tapping at least 80 wpm.  I'm alone, and the house is quiet.  It's great. 

Then, without warning, the power fails.  From the look of things, the immediate neighborhood is affected.  It's pitch black, inside and out.  I thought it was quiet before, but I was wrong.  Now, it's really quiet.  Silent.

I am unaccustomed to silence.  The household I grew up in was loud -- four kids shouting, practicing piano, falling out of bed, breaking dishes, dribbling basketballs through the house on our way out the back door (which we always slammed).  I made a singular contribution by blowing out the stereo with Led Zep's Black Dog.  Or maybe it was with the four-note Stratocaster riff that defines Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water. 
Yes, I was that girl. 

Now that I look back, I know my parents coped in their own ways.  My father retreated behind one of the four newspapers he read daily.  My mother sometimes sat in the car, doors locked, windows rolled up, with her latest issue of Redbook.  My siblings and I didn't think that was unusual.  We liked to read, too.  In character.  Aloud.

The noise didn't settle when I started my own family.  My sons and their friends were rowdy, my husband tinkers with screaming engines, and I talk in my sleep.  As I said, I am unaccustomed to silence.

So, when Ivory Creek Lane went silent last week, I was a bit, well, discomfited.  I think the dog felt the same way.  He did, in fact, wake up and bump into the coffee table.  I got up, tripped over his ducky, and cursed loud and long into the darkness.  Very satisfying, cursing.

It wasn't long before the lights blinked on again, and I realized that I hadn't been working in silence -- not at all.  I had been writing to the hum of the refrigerator, the breath and blow of the heater, the rattle of the ice maker, the buzz of fluorescent light.  I say that I like to write when the house is silent, but that's not completely true, is it?  I may prefer to write when I have the house to myself, but there are waves of sound whose company I happily keep simply because they have always been there and because, like family, I can tolerate them.  I would miss them if they were gone.  White noise?  Noise pollution?  I am grateful that I can tell the difference between the two.  That I can hear. 

Now I only listen to Black Dog when I'm alone in the car.  I still crank it up.  Yeah.  Still that girl.

Wishing you peace (and quiet),
Cathy Lachin, Editor

WiVLA News


Join Us for a Captivating February Program
 
You are cordially invited to attend our membership meeting on Tuesday, February 18, featuring guest speakers Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston, and Susana Monteverde, director of UH's Friends of Women's Studies.  The duo will discuss the intersection between university research on gender and the revolutions that women in all walks of life are enacting every day.  Join us as these two dynamic women shed light on how far we've come, and how quickly we're moving forward, as a human race.
 
The VCR Show:  Vision. Collaboration. Retrospection.
 
A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration   
 
Although the Twentieth Anniversary Planning Committee has yet to secure an appropriate venue for The VCR Show, we feel confident that the perfect home for this special show will soon be found.  In the meantime, please use the following information in order to help you plan your entry or entries.  Any questions you have may be directed to Cathy Lachin at cplachin@yahoo.com
    
Call for Entry:
  • WiVLA invites women to submit pieces for consideration in a curated art and literary exhibit celebrating the organization's twentieth anniversary. Venue and dates TBA.
  • You must be/become a current WiVLA member in order to respond to this call for entry.
  • See other eligibility requirements below.
Theme:
  • The theme of the anniversary show is The VCR Show:  Vision. Collaboration. Retrospection. 
  • Vision:  These will be new, previously unshown 2D and 3D pieces by current members.
  • Collaboration:  These will be new collaborative (writer/writer, writer/artist, artist/artist) pieces by current members.  Visual pieces may be 2D or 3D.  Significant collaborative pieces previously exhibited at WiVLA shows may also be submitted for consideration.  If your collaborator from a previous show cannot or prefers not to participate, you may submit your piece singularly in the "Retrospection" category.
  • Retrospection:  These will be significant 2D or 3D pieces by current members previously exhibited at WiVLA shows. 
  • Literary Offerings:  These will be new, previously unpublished works by current members, excerpts from which will be printed and displayed in the gallery.  Excerpts will be determined by the literary curator. 
Bio, Visual Curator Kellye Sanford:
 
Multi-disciplinary visual artist and graphic designer Kellye Sanford works in a range of media, from painting, printmaking and sculpture, to photography, digital imagery and book arts. Her work has been exhibited in gallery, university and museum settings and has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers, and on websites, television and billboards.
 
Sanford is the president of the artist board and past chairman of the executive board of DiverseWorks ArtSpace,Houston's contemporary art center dedicated to commissioning new visual, performing and literary art.
 
She is also program manager for communications design at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has served as a designer and consultant for Baylor College of Medicine, The Women's Fund for Health Education and Research, Rice University, and Houston Public Library Foundation. Before joining MD Anderson she worked as a designer, illustrator and photo stylist for the Houston Chronicle, where she specialized in upscale fashion, lifestyle and features.
 
As a freelance book designer specializing in literary fiction and poetry, Sanford has completed more than 60 book projects for more than 15 publishers, including Texas A&M University Press, SMU Press, Book Club of Texas, and DeGolyer Library.
 
She has received awards from the international Society for News Design, Associated Press, International Newspaper and Marketing Executives, University and College Design Association, Public Relations Society of America and others.
 
Sanford served as WIVLA's sixth president for two terms, during which the organization celebrated its tenth anniversary. She served on the advisory board its inaugural year.
 
Bio, Literary Curator Karleen Koen:
 
Karleen Koen is the author of four novels.  The most recent, Before Versailles, was included among the best historical fiction of 2011 by The Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. Other novels are:  NY Times best-selling Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels, an Indie Next bestseller.
 
Her books have been Book-of-the-Month Club and Doubleday Club selections as well as Book Sense picks, Border's New and Notable, and The Historical Novel Society Editors' Choices.
 
They have been published by Random House, Crown Publishing, Avon Books, Kensington Books, Sourcebooks, Three Rivers Press, Books on Tape, Random House Audio, and Brilliance Bookcassette, as well as published in other countries.
 
Koen is an experienced and award-winning magazine editor and writer/editor and also the cofounder of Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA) in Houston.  She was a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Writing Fellow Summer 2011.
 
Fees for submissions:
  • $20 for one entry, literary or visual
  • $35 for two entries, literary or visual, or one of each
  • $40 for three entries, any combination of literary and/or visual
Submission requirements:
  • Online submissions of entries and of jpg images (300 dpi) are required.  File name shall be title of piece.  No mail-in or in-person submissions will be accepted. 
  • 3-D installations must include two views of each piece. Size restrictions will be determined once venue is secured.
  • 2-D art must be wrapped canvases or framed pieces, installation ready.  Size restrictions will be determined once venue is secured.
  • Each literary piece must be submitted as a pdf file, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point.  File name shall be title of piece.  Each piece must be fewer than 720 words.   
Art Work:
  • All 2-D works must be wired for hanging.
  • Artists with 3-D pieces must supply their own pedestals.
  • All works must remain on display for the entirety of the show.
  • All works must have a label on the back or underside with artist's name and contact information, title of work, and medium or media employed.
Eligibility:
  • All work must be original, the sole work of the artist(s), and completed without supervision.
  • The curator's decisions are final.  The curator reserves the right to exclude specific pieces if the content is considered inappropriate for the exhibit or venue or if they are not properly prepared.
  • Titles cannot be changed.
  • Entry fees are NOT refundable.
 
Board Opportunities:  Lend Your Voice!
 
The Board of Directors is actively seeking candidates for the following board positions:  Literary Co-Chair; Historian; Communications Chair.  Any interested party must be current on her WiVLA dues and must have been a member for at least one year.  The board meets on the second Monday of each month, excluding December, at 6:00 p.m., at the Trini Mendenhall Sosa Community Center on Wirt Road.  Our gatherings are friendly and lively, creative and insightful, energizing and productive.  If your talents and skills lend themselves to one of these positions, please contact any of the board members listed below.  Serving on the board is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other WiVLA members and to contribute to the organization in a meaningful way.  Let us hear from you!

Renew Your Membership
 
It's that time of year again!  Don't forget to renew your annual membership dues of $40 at www.wivla.orgPayment is easy -- just use PayPal or your credit card.  In less than a minute, you can be current with your membership, be eligible to enter shows and sign up for workshops, remain a part of our convenient online directory, volunteer your services, and continue to receive your monthly copy of Voices. Don't delay!  Renew today!

Venue Suggestions
 
Please remember that any suggestions for venues for future shows or markets are always welcome.  WiVLA would like to continue to establish relationships with gallery directors and business owners throughout the greater Houston area.  If you think you can help extend our artistic reach, feel free to contact any of the board members listed below.  Thank you! 
  
Sketchbook Gathering
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 (FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH)
TRINI SOSA COMMUNITY CENTER
WIRT AND WESTVIEW (SPRING BRANCH)
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 
 
Join your WiVLA friends as we sketch, journal, paint, etc., in our sketchbooks. The gatherings thus far have been fun, relaxing, informative, inspiring, fruitful, thoughtful, humorous, generous, safe, adventurous, supportive . . .
 
Please join us Monday the 2nd.  If you choose to work in your sketchbook, that's fine.  If you want to use a different sketchbook or create on plain, separate papers, by all means, bring those.
 
If you'd like to work toward a completed sketchbook to submit to the Sketchbook Project, we will be happy to supply you with information regarding that.  Here's a helpful link:   
http://www.sketchbookproject.com/projects/sketchbookproject
 
According to their website, "The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. [Their] mission is to allow anyone to be able to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents the current state of artists worldwide."
 
AND DON'T EVEN SAY, "BUT, I'M NOT AN ARTIST."  Because we have people from all kinds of backgrounds in our community -- poets, novelists, essayists, painters, sculptors, photographers.   We use the word "sketchbook" as a loose term for a record of our experimentation in creativity. Join tens of thousands of people in this global, traveling art library.
 
Just bring your supplies and a willingness to have fun breathing artsy air. We always come away with smiles on our faces.  Se y'all on the road!  
 
Gift Baskets in the Works for Twentieth Anniversary Celebration!
 
Wouldn't you love to own a piece of a fellow WiVLA member's work?  Or have a truly unique opportunity to promote your own creations? WiVLA's Twentieth Anniversary Planning Committee is pleased to announce its plans to create dazzling, art-centric gift baskets to be raffled off during our celebration in the Spring of 2014.  Details about ticket sales will be forthcoming, but, in the meantime, we are soliciting donations from our talented membership in order to fill the baskets.  Be imaginative -- any piece of your own creation is welcome, including 2D and 3D work in your choice of medium or media, photographs, books, altered books, chapbooks, framed or unframed pieces.  Zita Giraldo has offered to lend her boundless talent to assembling the baskets (we plan to offer three -- small, medium, and large), so they are sure to be lovely.

You may bring any contributions to the February and March general meetings.  Gift baskets have been both highly coveted and immensely successful in the past, so scour your studios, ladies, for the perfect piece(s) to donate! 
 
Liberty Mutual Comes Through for WiVLA Again
 
Last year, Eileen Collins, a Liberty Mutual insurance agent, made WiVLA a generous offer. For every member that asked for an insurance quote, her company would make a donation to our treasury. The members who took her up on the offer were pleasantly surprised to find that Liberty Mutual's rates were extremely competitive; many switched their insurance as a result. Reports from individuals who, unfortunately, have had to make claims are that Liberty Mutual has been responsive and easy to work with on all aspects of the process. This program was very beneficial for the WiVLA members who participated.
 
Now Eileen has made another generous offer to our organization. She invited WiVLA to join their affinity program and, after review, the board has accepted the offer. By participating in the Liberty Mutual affinity program, WiVLA is now eligible to apply for grants from them for special projects. 
 
In addition, we have secured exclusive group savings for our members of up to 10% off their insurance bill. Since doing business with them already means competitive rates, quality auto and home coverage, plus 24-hour claims assisiance, after-hours policy service, and 24-hour home repair services, getting a discount is a great bonus. 
 
If you want to take advantage of WiVLA's affinity relationship with Liberty Mutual, simply contact Eileen Collins at 281-320-1181 ext. 59053 or by cell phone at 832-248-7445. Like so many other WiVLA members, you will probably get a very pleasant surprise.
 

Announcements

Anne Rita Taylor won a Merit prize for her Zine submission about winning the WiVLA Literary Scholarship.  The Art Exchange Program Zine Grant Merit Prize was 25 copies of her Zine:  "An Invitation:  The Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference 2013."  Anne will hand out her Zine at the April meeting when she talks about winning the WiVLA Literary Scholarship.
Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2014:  Artwork from this show, juried by Rock Hushka, curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at the Tacoma Art Museum, can be viewed at Williams Tower Gallery, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard.  The Texas Art show will run through March 7.  Artwork is available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Assistance League of Houston.

Marian Szczepanski writes:  "A friend is looking for an art class for her ten-year-old son.  Please email marianszczepanski@yahoo.com if you teach art to youngsters or know of someone who does."

Josena Arquieta's studio doors will be open for Spring Street's Second Saturday event on February 8.  See Josena and her work at Studio #11S from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 
The Archway Readers' Valentine/Anti-Valentine Reading/Party/Fundraiser for the Houston Area Women's Center will be held on Thursday, February 20th, at 6:30.  They need items for their raffle.  You can drop items by the gallery during the month.  You may also bring items the night of the raffle.  Bring your checkbook if you would like to make tax deductible contributions to the Houston Area Women's Center.  Margo Stutts Toombs has put a page on her website so you can see what has currently been promised.  You may also send her a message via the contact page to tell her what you're bring both to the raffle and for refreshments: http://www.margostuttstoombs.com
As a special treat, jhon r. stronks and dancers will be present to make the event memorable and to facilitate the raffle. Jhon has just been named a winner of the 2014 Houston Press MasterMind Award!  For more information email donna e perkins, donnaeperkins@att.net.

Donna E Perkins has two paintings in the Obsession & Grace Art Exhibition at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street. The show will be up through February 15. This show is in conjunction with Stark Naked Theatre Company's production of The Faith Healer by Brian Friel and The Good Thief by Conor McPherson. For information about tickets: starknakedtheatre.com

The Houston chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will hold their annual conference on April 26 & 27, 2014. They have a great lineup of editors and agents this year since this is also their 25th anniversary. For more details please see: http://houston.scbwi.org/2014-SCBWI-Houston-conference/

Additionally, if you are interested in resources for illustrating children’s books, please do check out Diandra Mae’s blog. She is the illustrator coordinator for SCBWI Houston. http://diandramae.blogspot.com
 
 

Review:  Gwendolyn Zepeda

It was an evening of firsts:  Houston's first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda, read selections from her first volume of poetry, Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners, at WiVLA's first meeting of 2014.  Zepeda's poems -- honest, wry, and intimate --  touched on the universal subjects of love, loss, and emergent self-awareness.  Her reading was followed by a question-and-answer period that addressed agent inquiry, the importance of editing, and the author's personal journey to the writing life. Many thanks to our new Program Chair Zita Giraldo for putting together a delightful January event.  
 

Cafe Table

This section of Voices is reserved for short, original, literary submissions, either poetry or prose, from WiVLA members. 

Starting this month, WiVLA would like to present a monthly challenge for our literary members to wake up those writing muscles and have a bit of fun.  One entry from each set of monthly submissions will be showcased in the following month's newsletter.  Submissions will be reviewed by our Literary Chair, Tayyba Kanwal, and, hopefully, in the future, by guest editors from the community as well. 

This month's challenge:  Write a piece of flash fiction under 500 words that begins with the line:  "I was born with two skins."  Please email your submissions by February 20 to literary@wivla.org with "Newsletter Submission" in the subject line.  You must be a WiVLA member to submit.  Pieces will be showcased only if sufficient entries are received. 

 

Calls for Entry:  Visual Art


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 

Fresh Arts is currently seeking exhibition proposals for its 2014-15 exhibition series:  "We encourage emerging artists of all mediums, art collectives, or independent curators to apply for an exhibition at Fresh Arts.  Fresh Arts is a uniquely flexible and open exhibitions environment and each 6-week show comes with a $250 honorarium, a free Fresh Arts Artist Memberhsip, and lots of support!"  Deadline to apply:  Sunday, March 23, 2014.  For complete details, visit www.spacetaker.org.

 
CAFE' for Artists!  www.CallForEntry.org is a website that lists calls for entries nation-wide.  Descriptions of type of art and theme are listed, as is a link for more information.  Deadlines are included.
  
2014 National Exhibition of Traditional Oils Call for Entry
 
Oil Painters of America will hold its Twenty-third Annual National Exhibition of Representational Oil Paintings, June 7 throuogh July 27, 2014 at Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.

Approximately 30 awards will be given with a total value estimated in excess of $75,000, including a $25,000 Best of Show.  Juror of Awards is renowned artist Charles Movalli.  A full-color catalog will be available. 

Deadline for mailed-in slide submissions is January 31, 2014.  Deadline for online submissions is Februrary 7, 2014.

To enter, artists must reside in the U.S., Canada or Mexico and be a current member of OPA at an annual fee of $60.  OPA is currently accepting members for 2014.  Join now and receive the rest of 2013 for free.

National Exhibition entry fee:  $30 for the first entry, $15 for the second.  Maximum size unframed:  1200 square inches.  Please send your request for a prospectus in a SASE to:  Oil Painters of America, P.O. Box 2488, Crystal Lake, IL  60039-2488 or visit the website at 
http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/events/exhibitions.cfm.
 

Calls for Entry:  Literary Art

 
Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).  
 
Here's a tip from poet Catherine Rankovic:  "If you wish somebody would keep you up to date on the latest publishing and contest opportunities, the Yahoo Group Creative Writing Opportunities, edited and updated daily by poet Alison Joseph, is a must-see.  You don't have to do a thing but go there.  No signing in, discussions, donations, or anything:  Just postings with the info you want about first-book contests, poetry contests, fiction contests, online magazines seeking writers for theme issues, residencies, creative-writing jobs, and grants.  Most of the time with direct links to the source so you can obtain complete information.  You can subscribe to the postings or you can just bookmark it and go there when you feel the need.  I visit about once per week. "   Here's the URL:   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crwropps-b 
 
Seeking strong poems of human experience and personal reactions: 
Good-bye, Mexico:  Poems of Remembrance will be a poetry anthology of original work composed in response to the following question:  What do you remember about Mexico?   Publisher:  Texas Review Press.  Editor:  Sarah Cortez.  Submission guidelines:  http://poetacortez.com/submission-requests/ .  Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.
 
Bare Root Review (established journal): “Dig deep and don't be afraid to take chances. We are looking for work like that -- complex and strong and deliciously unexpected.”
Deadline: March 30 for current reading period
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
 
The Bitter Root Review (new journal): “We are especially interested in work with a social consciousness and pieces that engage with the natural world.”
Deadline: Open now for inaugural issue
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Essays
 
The Hamilton Stone Review (established journal): “We're especially interested in unusual and experimental writing, and  look for poetry that convinces by its knowledge and intensity.”
Deadline: February 20 for March 2014 issue
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
 
Indiana Review (established major journal): “We look for poems, stories, and nonfiction that are well-crafted and lively, have an intelligent sense of form and language, assume a degree of risk, and have consequence beyond the world of their speakers or narrators.”
Deadline: Open now for Winter 2014 issue
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
 
Slice Magazine (established major journal): “We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share. We're not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction.”
Deadline: March 1 for current reading period
Open to: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Submission Details: http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/#.Utf6nHmVzRo
 
Vela Magazine announces its inaugural nonfiction contest for women writers:  "We’re looking for creative nonfiction, written by women, with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. We’re interested in a wide range of essays and stories, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and expository or experimental essays. We are not a “women’s magazine,” and are not looking for work that is written solely for a female audience."
Deadline March 31. 
Prizes: First place--$500 & publication; 2 finalists--publication.

It's time for the 2014 Houston Writers Guild Manuscript Contest!  Categories include:  MysteryThriller/Suspense/Horror; Romance/Chick Lit/Women's Fiction; Contemporary/Mainstream/Literary Fiction; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Steampunk/Speculative; Young Adult/New Adult/Middle Grade/ Children's; Nonfiction/Memoir. 
Entry fee for members:  $20 for first entry and $15 for all others.  Entry fee for nonmembers:  $30 for first entry and $20 for all others.  Deadline:  Midnight, March 1, 2014.  For more information, visit houstonwritersguild.org.
WiVLA 2014 Board of Directors

President Cathy Nieman          
wivla.cathyniem@yahoo.com
 
Vice President Jane Mulholland       
mulholland.jane@gmail.com

 
Secretary Rona Lesser              
ronales@wt.net

 
Treasurer Josena Arquieta        
josena_arquieta@sbcglobal.net
              
Membership Joyce Marie              
joy@LessonsFromLyrics.com

Communications [Open Position]
                
Programs Zita Giraldo               
zitagiraldo@gmail.com

 
Newsletter Cathy Lachin              
newsletter@wivla.org

 
Visual Arts Theo Billings
and Luisa Duarte            
visual@wivla.org
      
                                    
Literary Arts Tayyba Kanwal
and [Open Position]       
literary@wivla.org   
               
Social Media Ima Oduok                
ioduok@gmail.com 

At-Large Cindy Rasche           
cindyrasche@yahoo.com

and Peggy Sexton            
peggysexton11614@yahoo.com
     
Historian [Open Position]

Our mailing address is:
Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA)
P. O. Box 130406
Houston, TX  77219-0406