Saturday, November 18, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony for the 27th Annual SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest was held November 14th, 2017.

Winners and Finalists were honored for their wonderful achievement and the winning entries were read aloud to the general membership and guests at the event. Please check out the ceremony and read the winning entries, on the page tabs above.

A special thanks to our amazing judges for their tireless work, expertise, and dedication to this contest.  We couldn't do it without them!

Thank you all for another wonderful year.

Keep writing - we can't wait to see your words again soon!


Tia Araminta
Contest Director
SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Winners and Finalists Announced in the 27th Annual SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest

Congratulations to all entrants in the 27th annual SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest! This year welcomed new and established talent locally, and from around the globe. The quality of writing was outstanding, making our esteemed judges’ task very challenging. We are pleased to announce the following top three winners and finalists in all categories.

Please join us for the Awards Ceremony at the SLO NightWriters General Meeting on November 14th beginning at 6:00 p.m. The winning entries will be read aloud by the author and all winners and finalists will be presented with their certificates and prizes. The address and directions to the location are below.

First Place                   Cate Touryan            The Auction   
Second Place              Nancy Bodily             Pain Management
Third Place                 Mary Beth Ellis           … And the Married Girl

First Place                   Hope Padalino           The Liberation of the Family 
Second Place              Rod Pound                 Earning the Urn
Third Place                 Patricia B. Ellson        The Night we Saved the 

First Place                   Laura Apol                  In My Next Life
Second Place              Sharyl Heber              Soldiers for a New 
Third Place                 Linda Neal                  I Don’t Mean to be 


Communication With a Lost Soul
Sue Andrews
Forgiveness = Liberation
Patty Moreno
The Gift 
Anna Allen
Theology of the Artichoke
Christine Venzon
Incident in Managua: A Memoir of Liberation
Adrianne Aron
The Poet President
John W. Polonis
Turtle Liberation
Penelope Anne Cole

The Prayer
Nancy Bodily
Behind the Veil
Shoba Sadler
Eva Garcia-Gonzalez
Finding Joy
Adrienne Riley
Strip and Restore
Margaret Duarte
The Last War
Carlen Vigo
A Last Saturnalia
Kathryn Mitchell Lucchese
The Dog Guy
Scott Matthews

Social Work
Kathryn de Lancelotti
St. Louis, 1950
Jeanie Greensfelder
Suellen Wedmore
Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello
Laura Apol
Quitting, Quitting, Quitting
Finn Anderson
I Miss You Because You are Not Here (resubmitted)
Diane Swan
At the Edge of the Cliff
Patricia B. Ellson

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Awards Ceremony November 14th, 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meet Your Judges as They Work on the Finals - Lillian Brown

Lillian Brown is a retired journalist and public relations specialist trying her hand at fiction since returning to the Central Coast 12 years ago. She has published a number of short stories, as well as nonfiction articles, and is currently focusing on an historical novel. She lives with her husband and one stray cat in Atascadero, close to her two daughters and their families. 

When not writing fiction, she works in real estate and promotion, spends time with grandchildren, does some horseback riding, and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and generally goofing off in retirement. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Finals!

The esteemed panel of judges for the SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest is hard at work, ranking the Finalist entries. Their task is not easy this year. The quality of submissions is making the final determination of the top three winners in each category exceptionally challenging.
 But – they persevere and the top ten Finalists and First, Second and Third place winners will be selected by October 26th. These contestants will be contacted via email at that time, so check your inbox!

All contestants and guests are invited to the Awards Ceremony on November 14th at the SLO NightWriters General Meeting, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please see address and directions below. The First Place winners in each category will be invited to read their winning entries. The top three winning entries will additionally be published in the SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest webpage at

11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo CA

Sunday, October 8, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work on the Finals! Meet Natalie McDermott

Natalie’s love for the written word began in the first grade, and it simply never stopped flourishing; her family was not surprised when she received her Master’s in Literature, since seeing her with her nose in a book was not uncommon.   Since she now runs with her friend and business partner, Mindy Conde, this sight is still not uncommon, except now she has a red pen in her hand.   

As an editor, Natalie’s passion for the written word has grown exponentially, as she thoroughly enjoys helping authors with their craft.  She lives in Burbank with her husband and their small dog, and she dreams of the Central Coast.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work - Meet Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is a professional editor, writing instructor, and the award-winning author of 14 books (5 suspense novels, 1 short story collection, a 6-volume workbook series on writing titled Write It Right, and 2 books 
on spiritual Biblical meditations. She is a member of SLO NW, the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters In Crime (SinC), SinC National and the Public Service Writers Association (PSWA). Find her writing prompts every Wednesday at

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work - Meet Mindy Conde

With a Master’s degree in Literature and a lifelong passion for the written word, Mindy is in her element as an editor for, which she runs along with friend and business partner, Natalie 
McDermott. She loves working with authors to help them perfect their manuscripts and turn those tricky passages into masterpieces. After graduating from Cal Poly, Mindy and her husband didn’t want to leave the area and now call the Central Coast their home. She lives in the lovely, and often foggy, little town of Los Osos with her husband, two cats, and piles and piles of books. When she’s not editing or reading, Mindy enjoys local wine tasting, baking, and hiking in the many beautiful areas the Central Coast has to offer.