SIMI GROUP INVITES WRITERS TO ENTER $100 CONTEST.Byline: Jean Russell Vogel Community Columnist columnist, the writer of an essay appearing regularly in a newspaper or periodical, usually under a constant heading. Although originally humorous, the column in many cases has supplanted the editorial for authoritative opinions on world problems.
To alert emerging writers, Diane Reichick is announcing the annual Dorothy Daniels Writing Competition, which Reichick chairs for the Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
Men and women 18 or older who have no ties to the Simi Valley branch may enter the competition, Reichick said. The writers have until July 30 to polish their unpublished works of short fiction, nonfiction non·fic·tion
1. Prose works other than fiction: I've read her novels but not her nonfiction.
2. The category of literature consisting of works of this kind. or poetry. The first prize in each category is $100.
Chairing the contest for four years, Reichick has built on the organization's outreach Outreach is an effort by an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. program of the past 20 years. While originally promoted to encourage writers in Ventura County and vicinity, the competition in recent years has brought in hundreds of entries, some from beyond the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .
Asked why a small group of professional writers gives up time each year to organize, promote and judge a contest not open to its members, Reichick had some answers related to her own creative work in poetry, art and op-ed journalism.
``For many,'' she said, ``deadlines and prize competitions are great motivators.'' Reichick has noted that contest participants are frequently also motivated to achieve paid publication, thus launching their careers.
Diantha Ain, president of the Simi group, recalled how the branch has been enriched by writers who joined after learning of the organization through the contest.
Ain said the contest's original concept, ``Dog Days of August,'' sought to stir writers from the late-summer doldrums doldrums (dŏl`drəmz) or equatorial belt of calms, area around the earth centered slightly north of the equator between the two belts of trade winds. .
Since its renaming several years ago for National Honorary Pen Woman Dorothy Daniels of Camarillo, the contest itself seems to have grown, Reichick said.
Local Pen Women have enjoyed contact with the retired Camarillo author whose popular fiction includes more than 100 historical and romance titles, as well as a hardcover series for teens. During her early career, Daniels and her late husband wrote as a team.
Entry fees for the Dorothy Daniels contest are $3 for each poem, $5 for each story or article. Fees help underwrite To insure; to sell an issue of stocks and bonds or to guarantee the purchase of unsold stocks and bonds after a public issue.
The word underwrite has two meanings. the Simi Valley branch's contributions to local cultural activities. For complete rules, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to NLAPW-SVB Contest Rules, P.O. Box 1485, Simi Valley, CA 93062.