Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the conference be held? The conference will be held at the Community Hope Center, 110 Circle V Ranch Road in Montezuma. This is on the north end of town, just off of Highway 63, to the east. You will be able to see the Community Hope sign from Highway 63.

Do you accept credit cards for admission payment? Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to accept credit cards. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check or money order.

What time does the conference start? Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Presentations start at 9 and go until around 4.

Is lunch included in the price of admission? Yes.

Where can we get lunch? Lunch is included in the price of admission. If you do not wish to eat at the conference, other lunch options are: Subway,  Dairy King, Just a Small Town Grill and Jumpin’ Jimmy’s at Lake Ponderosa.

Will their books be available for purchase? Yes. Most authors will be selling their own books at some time throughout the day. This will give attendees a chance to talk to their favorite authors one-on-one and to get a signed copy of their books!

Where can I find information about the presentations? As the information is supplied by the authors, it will be posted on our website.

What hotels are in the area? Here is a list of hotels in the area (Note: we have not stayed at any of them and do not know which is the nicest): Montezuma: Montezuma’s Cozy Country Inn (641) 623-5505; Grinnell (17 miles west of Montezuma, off Interstate 80 at exit 182) Best Western Pioneer Inn (641) 236-6116; Country Inn by Carlson (641) 236-9600; Super 8 (641) 236-7888; Days Inn Grinnell (641) 236-6710; Comfort Inn & Suites (641) 236-5236. Brooklyn area hotel (18 miles east of Montezuma, off Interstate 80 at exit 201) Sleep Inn (319) 685-4500.

How can I get my writing contest entry back? Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want us to send back your entry. Entries will also be available for pick-up at the conference.

Do I need to include a cover letter on my writing contest entry? Not necessarily. We just ask that your name, address and phone number are listed somewhere. Your story’s word count would be helpful as well.