Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Day 101 of the 365 Days of Blogging

The author, Dane F. Baylis


A Little Something From The Ventura County Writer's Club!

For those of you not familiar with Southern California geography, Ventura County is the county just to the north of Los Angeles County. It is one of the larger counties in the state and home to the oldest writer's club in California. I thought I'd run their press release as this Wednesday's blog. So, without further banter.

(Ventura, CA -April 10, 2013) The Ventura County Writers Club announced the winners of its twelfth annual Poetry Contest, at the club's monthly meeting April 9th. The contest was open to poets worldwide as long as the poem is in English.
This year, poet Alvin Barnes was be the contest chair. The contest was judged through two stages of elimination by a panel, with well-known area poet, Perie Longo as the final judge. The adult category awards were $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third place. The two youth categories awards were $50 for first place, $35 for second and $25 for third place.
Over 150 poems from 110 poets were submitted this year. Winning poems will be published in the club's newsletter, The Write Stuff, and will appear in the next volume of the club's anthology, to be published in 2014. The winning poems will also be published in the VC Reporter on online at the club's website - The winning poets were invited to the club meeting where they read their poems. and were honored at a reception following the readings. The winners were:
First place: Flight by Dianna Caskey of Ventura
Second place: Monsoons in New Mexico by Glenna Luschel of San Luis Obispo
Third place: PENDING by Joyce La Mers of Oxnard
Left to right: Dianna Caskey, Joyce La Mers, and Glenna Luschel

TEEN CATEGORY (13 to 18 years of age)
First place: I Loved It by Seamus Morrison of Ojai
Second place: Horse by Nichole Riffenburgh of Ventura
Third place: Against the Ocean by April Swan of Camarillo
Left to right: Nichole Riffenburgh and April Swan.

YOUTH CATEGORY (12 and under)
First place: The Nature of Clouds by Kyle Foster of Thousand Oaks
Second place: Skiing by Sydney Fleet of Oxnard
Third place: Field of Gold (Stolen) by Christopher Gaston of Thousand Oaks
Left to right: Sydney Fleet, Christopher Gaston and Kyle Foster

Additional photos of youth and teen winners with their parents are available along with pictures of individual adult winners with contest chair Alvin Barnes.

About Ventura County Writers Club
Since its formation in 1933 with four members in Ojai, the club has grown to more than 150 members and holds regular monthly general membership meetings. Members may attend, free of charge, a variety of Writers Workshops, groups that meet one or more times a month throughout the county to read and critique manuscripts and discuss many aspects of the business of writing. Monthly meetings are open to all interested writers and are held the second Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo, CA.

For more information, contact: Kathleen Kaiser, 805-524-6970,


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