2012 All-Iowa Writers’ Conference Announcement

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We are excited to announce that the 2012 Montezuma All-Iowa Writers’ Conference will be held on Saturday, September 15 in Montezuma, Iowa at the Montezuma Community School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price for the all-day event is only $25!

Authors who will be leading presentations include: Julie Kramer, Sparkle Abbey, Zachary Michael Jack and Leigh Michaels. We will also have a discussion panel with authors: Bill Beaman, Stephen Brayton, Dr. Thomas and Sharon Rexroth and Robert Kerr.

Yvonne Gaudes, editing expert, will lead a presentation about how to edit your work and experts from Brownells, Inc. will lead a discussion on how to use proper gun descriptions and information in your writing.

More details on the conference are here.

Prizes for our 2012 fiction writing contest are $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The rules are: fiction, no more than 2500 words, 1 entry per person, $5 entry fee. The deadline for submitting entries is Sept. 1, 2012. Winners will be announced at the 2012 Montezuma All-Iowa Writers’ Conference (need not be present to enter or win). Click here for entry form.

We are very excited to announce that for the first time, we have teamed up with author Leigh Michaels to offer a personal manuscript evaluation opportunity! There is a separate fee of $35 for this service and this opportunity is limited to the first 10 people who pre-register and pay for both the conference (fee $25) and the evaluation service (fee $35). Leigh normally charges $95 to critique a first chapter, so this is a great deal! Check out all of the details on the Leigh Michaels page of our website!


Our Front Porch Books publishing house, located in Montezuma, Iowa, is the proud publisher of two Iowa photography books, Iowa’s Tradition: An ABC Photo Album of the Iowa State Fair and Family Reunion: Midwest Old Threshers, both by J.O. Parker and Debbie Tindle Parker.

Our Front Porch Books also offers freelance design and layout, proofreading, book marketing and typesetting. We also offer various photography options. If you have any of the above needs, please call (641) 990-8026 for details.