2012 News


Congratulations to our 2013 BWG Officers:

– Randy Dupre
Vice Pres. – Chris Baldauf
Secretary – Georgia Downer
Treasurer – Sherry Perkins
Publicist – Cliff Seiber
Newsletter Editor – Sylvia Ney
Member At Large – Beth Savoie
Historian – Julia Rodriguez


Members-Only Contest Winners were announced at the November 10, 2012, Bridge to Publication Contest:  Chris Baldauf, Marsha Kushner, Sylvia Ney, Angie Dilmore, Marcia Dutton, Beth Savoie, Beverly Martin and Linda Todd. See their photo and find out how they placed in the different categories HERE. Congratulations to these wonderful writers.

Patricia Dawsey Fox published an article about her father’s fiddle-making dream in the July 26, 2012, issue of Jambalaya:  “Remembering a Man, a Dream and a Fiddle.”

Stanley Klemetson, Ph.D., was recently notified of his first publication! His story “Living Alone Together” will be published by OakTara on or about October 1, 2012, in their love stories anthology titled My Love to You Always.

Jan Rider Newman has published a collection of her short stories, A Long Night’s Sing & other stories, through Kindle (available now) and CreateSpace (available soon).

Sherry Perkins scored an email interview about writing with Viggo Mortensen for Southern Writers Magazine! It was published in the May/June 2012 issue.


On Friday, January 6, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. the following BWG members read their work at The Porch Coffee House, Lake Charles, LA:  Sherry Perkins, Rebecca Stelly, Luke V. Saucier, Beth Savoie, and Marcia Dutton. Also reading was Eric Dilmore, son of member Angie Dilmore.

Angie Dilmore published an article about an inspiring local high school student in the January 5, 2012, issue of Lagniappe Magazine.

Frank DiCesare published an article about the Orphan Train in the December-January issue of Acadiana Profile.

Willis Abshire – If you go to ‘Penned from the Heart’ online there will a list of all the issues that can be bought.  His poem ‘Abba’ is in the latest yearly devotional book. He is also talking to Westbow Publishers, a self publishing division of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and working out the details of an agreement to publish his novel. Willis also has a Christian based monthly email ministry called ‘Pen and the Sword’. On the first Sunday of the month he sends out a story free to those interested.  Sometimes he has a small commentary and welcomes all feedback from subscribers. He is still looking for someone to help him develop a web page to put short stories and music on that can be purchased by downloading.

Georgia Downer – won a copy of Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life from “The Writer’s Wish List Sweepstakes.”

Jessica Ferguson – She is a finalist in The Phoenix Rattler 2011-2012 writing contest hosted by Christian Writers of the West (ACFW-Arizona) for her entry – A Bad Guy Forever – Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Fiction.

Jan Newman –  Published a flash fiction piece January 4, 2012, in A Small, Good Magazine:  http://asmallgoodmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/bread-alone-by-jan-rider-newman/ She also set up a personal website: http://janridernewman.com, and still maintains her blog: http://janridernewman.blogspot.com. She can also be found on FB as Jan Rider Newman and on Twitter as @Jangaler.

Sherry Perkins – Interviewed Curt Iles for Southern Writer’s magazine. Her article appeared in the January/February issue. She also has an article scheduled to appear in the February issue of Louisiana Road Trips. Sherry won some screenwriting reference material in “The Writer’s Wish List Sweepstakes.”

Cliff Seiber – Interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. The story was published Friday, Jan. 5, in the Marquee section of the American Press. Another story resulting from the same interview appeared in the Sunday Talk Q&A feature a week later. Cliff is a regular contributor to Marquee, the arts and entertainment section of the Friday paper.

Jess Ferguson – is the category winner for Suspense/Mystery/Thriller Fiction, as determined by the final round of judging in the 2011-2012 Phoenix Rattler writing contest, approved by ACFW, hosted by Christian Writers of the West. She entered the first 10 pages of her manuscript, A Bad Guy Forever.

Keaghan Kane – won second place in the state Shakespeare contest. Then, on February 17th, she won first place in the regional competition of Poetry Out Loud. The top three winners will advance to the state finals in Baton Rouge with a chance to compete in Washington D.C.

Sherry Perkins – published an article on the Southern Writer’s blog called “I Love to Bragg on This Author”. You can read it at: http://www.southernwritersmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-love-to-bragg-on-this-author.html

Beth Savoie – won first place in the Writing in Wonderland “1000 Words of Love” contest.

James Tate – won first place in the BWG “1000 Words of Love” contest.