Monday, August 3, 2015

Information for our members!!!!

Marta Knobloch and Kip Piper, editors at MTC Publications

announce a call for submissions of stories or poems for the
anthology, "Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else

The theme of the anthology is "Stories of Positive, Practical
and Often Comical Solutions When a Toolbox Is Not Handy."

This will be an anthology of stories about funny and wacky
situations where a tool or tools are needed but not available,
and the atypical and ingenious resources used to solve the

We invite writers to share true, personal stories and poems
about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-
than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items
available as alternative tools when in a bind.

· What was the problem?
· What tools were needed and not available?
· What crazy things or alternative tools did you use?
· What inspired you to use the alternative tools?
· What was the outcome?

Stories should be funny, entertaining and vividly
descriptive so readers can enjoy the writer's ridiculous

Word length:
Prose: up to 1200 words; Poetry: open line count.

1 contributor’s digital copy in both PDF and MOBI format,
plus 1 coupon for printed copies at a discount.

Copyrights revert to authors upon publication of this
anthology, "Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All
Else Fails".

Deadline: Submissions accepted from July 25, 2015 to
deadline of January 25, 2016.

Read anthology guidelines at:

Kip and I are looking forward to reading your stories
and poems.


Marta Knobloch

August Meeting

Writing With Your Eyes and how to write and publish a guest book review in the El Paso Times. 


Born in Valentine, Texas, Ramon Renteria is a retired El Paso Times reporter and columnist. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, and the University of Texas at El Paso and worked for 44 years in print journalism in Southern California, New Mexico and Texas.  Over the course of his career, he covered crime news, education, the courts, city politics, entertainment, U.S. / Mexico border issues, plus books and authors.  His feature story “Separate and Unequal: the story of Kelli, Veronica and school finance” about the inequities in Texas public school financing received a 1989 Texas Headliner Award and a 1990 Martinez-Marguez award for journalistic excellence.  He also received the 1980 Texas Headliner Spot News of the Year Award and a 1995 Texas Headliner Spot News Award for feature writing.


He served as the content editor of the newspaper’s Sunday book page for more than 10 years and continues to organize the page on a free lance basis.