Saturday, April 30, 2005

NJCWG Conference - Help Needed

You are the piece of the puzzle that is missing.

NJCWG - A Reason to Write Conference (October 8, 2005)

I've got good news! Members of the NJCWG are being asked to get involved in our conference preparation and become a part of the NJCWG Conference Staff. NOW is the time for YOU to bless others AND receive a double portion of blessing yourself.

If you want to hob-nob with the some of the best in the writing business, if you
want to learn from experienced authors and publicists, if you are serious about publication -- it is time to join the NJCWG Conference Staff.

No experience is required -- I'll let you know what needs to be done. We need willing hands, a tenacious spirit and some serious sweat equity. Are you ready to take the next step in your writing career? Are you ready to spend time with those who are seriously committed to writing? Writing is more than putting words on paper. You must know the industry and spend time working with the experts. Email me today.

Conference Staff will participate in a special dinner hosted for staff memebers only.
Conference Staff will NOT pay to participate in the classes.
Conference Staff will be noted as such in our brouchure.
Conference Staff will add to their writing resume.
Conference Staff will receive blessings untold...

Person to handle the literature table.
Person to handle registration.
Person to handle "give-aways".
Person to handle attendee, information folders.

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Facilitator, NJCWG

Friday, April 29, 2005

Writing Op -

Below I've listed a message from the owner of, a website for writers. It recently went through a renovation because hackers got in and did some serious damage. There is no monetary compensation but it is great exposure. The site receives a large number of hits. To see the website, go to:

"Okay (you can post the request), as long as they know this is not paying, but I will trade advertising, a $50.00 value for an article. Short stories are okay, if they are family oriented.

I am in the process of developing a children's communication (English) program. I would be willing to look at stories for that, of course, impecable Chicago Style of Grammar. We are also building an internet Christian Fiction Writer's Radio Station, and there will be an opportunity for authors to read stories and promote themselves on air (well, on bandwidth.)

Everyone will receive a link back to their website, and we appreaciate one to ours - but this is not necessary. We will upload a picture of their current book.

Thanks for the help.

Writing Op - Chocolate & Coffee Stories

Just a reminder to check out the NJCWG pages on my website, Send your friends and family there to check out the fun coffee/chocolate materail as well.

I am still looking for chocolate & coffee related stories for my Mocha Latte Friends page.

AND I will shortly be adding a Book Review page. If you recently reviewed a good book, please send the review along with a jpg photo of the cover. Clare already sent me a review of my book "Faith-Dipped Chocolate" (THANKS CLARE) and that will be the first review to go up.


All submissions must have something to do with either chocolate or coffee
Accepting: fiction, nonfiction, essays, 'shorts' & some poetry

Fiction, Essays, Nonfiction - 400-800 wds
Shorts - 60-90 wds
Poetry - 4-20 lines

Book Reviews should be in standard review format. For an example of a book review you can go to my review of Raising Dragons on the crosshome website.

I am also considering a Children's Page, IF I get some good chocolate childrens stories and/or fun things for kids to do.

Email queries to:

Louise Bergmann DuMont

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Sharpening the Word Conference

Sharpening the Word
May 21, 2005

8:00 am - 3:00 pm
1 Day Conference
Sponsored by the Indian Valley Christian Writers Fellowship
Cost: $40.00
10% Discount for Teens (Ages 12-18)
Rgistration includes Boxed Lunch

Harleysville Activity Center
312 Alumni Avenue
Harleysville, PA 19438

To Register or for more information call or email:

Main Speaker, Joan Esherick
Author of twenty non-fiction books, part-time freelance writer and the Chief Writer for Lighthouse Network, a non-profit organization specializing in biblical approaches to mental health, substance abuse and life skills issues.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


NJCWG 2005 Conference

October 8, 2005
8:00 - 5:00
Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Rd
Ringwood, NJ 07456


Our 2005 conference is fast becoming a reality. I am in the process of putting together the brouchure, the registration form and press releases.


A number of people steped forward when I requested guest rooms for our teachers. The first two individuals (Maude Carolan and Valerie Schermerhorn) who offered will have that priveldge.

Now I need two people who are willing to handle the registration and the literature tables. The individuals in charge of these two tasks will receive free registration (yes you can still to attend the classes) and "staffer" notation at the conference. Both jobs will require a number of hours of work prior to the conference but it is nothing that can't be done over the course of a few weekends.

I will also need one person who is craft oriented. The theme of this year's A REASON TO WRITE conference will have to do with matching an individuals gifts and personality to their their writing genre, style and voice. I have a small gift idea that will cost almost nothing but will take time to make. If you have bent toward "crafts" please let me know and you can own this task.

Please email me if you are interested in joining the NJCWG Conference Staff. BTW, this is not a bad thing to have on your writing resume.

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Author, Speaker & Writing Mentor

Memoir Workshop

June 4, 2005
10:30 a.m.
Telling Our Stories: The Art and Craft of Memoir

Nancy Gerber, the author of Losing a Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Caregiving, will host a Writers' Memoir Workshop at the Ringwood Public Library on June 4. Gerber holds a doctorate in Literature and current teaches Englisha nd Women's Studies at Rutgers University. She will be available to discuss and sign her book after the workshop.

Ringwood Library - Poetry Reading

Valerie Schermerhorn will participate in a Poetry Reading as a member of the Poetry From the Heart group at the Ringwood Public Library this Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to hear and support a fellow NJCWG member. I'm looking forward to it!

Sunday, April 24, 2005


NJCWG Meeting
Monday, April 25, 2005
6:15-7:00 Chat Time
7:00-8:00 Instruction
8:00-9:00 Critiques

Ringwood Baptist Church
30 Carletondale Road
Ringwood, NJ 07456

Saturday, April 23, 2005

More Poetry News

Photo: Walt Whitman

Here's another day to save:
September 24, 2005
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Gloria Healey, Monmouth County poet and member of the Writer's Ink poetry group and Kevin Chambers, president of the Ocean Grove Historical Society are chairing the event. Workshops and readings will be held at Thornley Chapel and readings will be scheduled on the lawn next to the Great Auditorium. An art exhibition relating to Whitman and his poetry is being planned, as well as a walking tour of the Grove.

For information, contact Gloria Healey at:

Contemporary Christian Inspirational Poetry

Have you marked your calendar yet to save the date?
Saturday, May 21, 2005
1 to 3 p.m.

A reading of:

at Christian Publications Bookstore (Cornerstone Chapel)
620 Route 46 North, Pompton Plains, NJ

Participating Poets:

Website - Writing Op

I spent this morning updating my website. It contains new information, additional pages and a number of recent NJCWG member photographs on the NJCWG page. Now you have two great places to send your friends who are also aspiring writers. You can send them to our blog and to the NJCWG page on my website -

I am still looking for chocolate/coffee related stories AND I've added a book review page. I you recently reviewed a good book, please send the review along with a jpg photo of the cover.

Please check out my website and let me know if anything doesn't work with your browser.

Louise Bergmann DuMont

For NJCWG Members Only


Our October 8, A Reason to Write Conference will be honored to have on staff fiction author, Colleen Coble.

This can ony happen IF one of our members is willing to offer their guest room for her two night stay. If you have a nice home that can accommodate our guest, please notify me as soon as possible. Once her housing is covered I can finalize the deal.

If you would like to know a little about Colleen Coble you can go to her website:

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Essay Vs Article

A number of people have asked me what the difference is between an essay and an article.

Essays usually inject more of the author's opinions and emotions. Articles are more fact based and offer only generic or "public" opinions. Here's a website that shows essay writing step-by-step. It has printouts and lots of good essay-related resources:

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Writers Digest 100 Top Markets

Photo: Charles Dickens

When you go to the website below, you will find the top 100 writers' markets as listed by Writer's Digest magazine.

Upcoming Christian Writers Conferences for 2005

Dear NJCWG and others who may be reading this blog...

Here is a 'short-list' of Christian Writer's Conferences that are available in 2005. I've listed even those that are not local to the North Jersey area because NJCWG members may have friends or relatives in other parts of the country. The NJCWG Blog is also receiving traffic from writers outside our local group.

Central Ohio Writers of Literature for Children, April 23, 2005.
Columbus, OH

Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship 20th Annual Spring Writers Day Saturday, April 30, 2005.
Santa Ana, CA

Colorado Christian Writer's Conference, May 11-14, 2005.
Denver Colorado

Oregon Christian Writers. One-day conference. May 14, 2005

Lighthouse Christian Writers, Oconto, WI. May 21, 2005

Kentucky Christian Writers Seminar, June 3-4, 2005.

Southern California Writers' Conference, Palm Springs. June 10-12, 2005.

Chenango Valley Writers Conference, June 19-25, 2005.

Sewanee Writers' Conference, July 12-24, 2005.

Oregon Christian Writer's Summer Coaching Conference, August 1-4, 2005.

Texas Christian Writers Forum, August 6, 2005

Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference, August 18-20, 2005.

2nd Annual North Texas Christian Writers Conference, September 9-10, 2005.

4th Annual American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference, September 15-18, 2005

Sandy Cove Christian Writers Conference, October 2-5, 2005

NJCWG 2nd Annual, One-Day, A Reason To Write Conference, October 8, 2005
Web Information will be available shortly

Ohio Christian Writers' Conference 2005. October 12 - 15, 2005

Bev Caruso's Writers' Weekend, October 14-16, 2005

Glorieta Christian Writers Conference, October 26-30, 2005

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The NJCWG - A Reason To Write Conference

The date has been set for our NJCWG A Reason To Write Conference.
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Due to formerly unanticipated changes in ownership, the conference will not be held at the Christian Publications Bookstore. The Ringwood Baptist Church has offered to act as host to our conference this year. Praise God.

So now the work begins. It looks like we are going to have quite a staff. I'm fine-tuning a few more details but Rebeca Seitz from Glass Road Public Relations in TN has offered her services as a speaker for our conference and she may bring along one of her latest Fiction Authors! Rebeca brings with her substantial experience as a publicist. Her primary concern right now is fiction and she recently launched Thomas Nelson's fiction line, WestBow Press. She includes among her credits authors scheduled on the Today Show, in Southern Living, and in all the major trades (Publishers Weekly, Christian Retailing, CBA Marketplace, Library Journal, etc.). This is quite a nice addtion to our conference. I've asked Maude to teach a poetry class and Patrick to return with a class on scripts. I'm also working on having the creator of Dora the Explorer teach our children's tract.

God is calling His people to put their thoughts and words into action. Many of you exprssed gratitude for last year's conference and many asked about the 2005 conference. Now it is time to get to work. To build a conference that will truly glorify the Lord I will need your help. 1) I will possibly need an offer of housing for Rebca Seitz (this would include meals). She is picking up her own tab for the travel (God bless her). 2) I will need someone to solicit, store and arrange for disply of writing literature and a book table. 3) I'm considering offering critiques, IF someone in our group would be willing to coordinate this part of the conference. 4) I will need someone to handle the food & beverages for lunch and breaks 5) and last but certainly not least, I need someone to handle the overall registration

Pray. Offer your heart and your hands to God. Let me know what YOU will do to help!

Louise Bergmann DuMont

Writing Op - Children's Stories

Guide is a Christian story magazine for young people ages 10-14. The 32-page four-color publication is published weekly by Review and Herald Publishing Association. Our mission is to show readers, through stories that illustrate Bible truth, how to walk with God now and forever. Pays $0.07-0.10/word upon acceptance for first serial rights. For submission and complete guidelines, see http://www.guidemagazineorg/aboutguide/writersguidelines.asp

Review of *Circles of Seven*

My review of Bryan Davis' latest book, Circles of Seven, is now online at WordSmithShoppe

Louise Bergmann DuMont

CBA Industry News

INTEGRITY PUBLISHERS SIGNS WITH INGRAM. Ingram Publisher Services (Ingram) will provide Integrity Publishers with fulfillment services beginning July 3. Ingram branched into fulfillment services in March, and Integrity is the first CBA-member publisher to sign on.

NAVPRESS/ZONDERVAN TO PUBLISH PARALLEL BIBLE. Zondervan and NavPress will co-publish the TNIV/Message Remix Parallel Bible in September. The new Bible is part of the companies’ strategy to reach a younger generation.

PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE NO. 1 ON MULTIPLE LISTS. Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan) is No. 1 on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-seller lists last week. The accomplishment is notable because the best-selling book has been in print since 2002.

FINDEX TO RELEASE QUICKVERSE FOR MACS. will launch QuickVerse Mac, a Macintosh edition of its QuickVerse Bible study software, this spring. Logos Bible Software recently announced all its software would be available in a Mac version in December.

LOGOS TO ADD MAC RESOURCES. Logos Bible Software announced it will release a Macintosh version of the company's digital library software in December. The Macintosh version will read the same book files as the PC version.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Writing Op - Youth Worker Journal

Kids on the Fringe
November/December 2005

How can we improve our ability to minister to at-risk kids? Those with
physical handicaps, ADHD, or depression? Substance abuse issues or
cutting/self mutilation? How can reach kids most youth ministries miss?
Where do we go for help? And how do our teaching and disciplinary styles
need to adapt?

If you have article ideas on this theme, write November/December 2005
proposal in the e-mail subject field, and send an outline and opening
paragraph within the e-mail body by June 15 to You'll receive a reply no later than October 1.

To improve the chances of being published, we encourage you to check out our
writer's guidelines at

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Woman's Day "Put It In Writing @ Your Library"

Last Tuesday's "Put It In Writing @ Your Library" (sponsored by Woman's Day Magazine at the Montclair Public Library) was a wonderful event! I was pleased to see Stephainie there and we had a nice chat afterward. The freelance writer who presented the information was well spoken and offered some interesting information about getting published in the "glossies" as well as specific information about publishing in Woman's Day.
I encourage members of the NJCWG to attend local writing events . The Montclair library was one of only twelve libraries across the country that was offered this program. What a blessing to have this right in our own backyeard. Its true that I needed to take the afternoon off from work, but it was well worth the time.

Keep your eyes open for other events of this nature and share them with the group.

The Lord is My Righteousness
Jeremiah 23:1-6

Louise Bergmann DuMont

Coming Soon -

Writing Op - YouthWorker Journal

Here is the September/October 2005 Theme List sent to me by YouthWorker Journal
Deadline: April 15, 2005
"Coming of Age"
In many ways, youth ministry has grown up; how does that change our field? What happens when countries come of age? Or cultural movements (or church movements)? As the adolescent stage grows longer on both ends, how does that affect our understanding of what it means for kids to come of age? How useful are rites of passage in that context? What about a global youth culture? And adults not wanting to grow up?

If you have article ideas on this theme, write "September/October 2005 proposal" in the e-mail subject field, and send an outline and opening paragraph within the e-mail body by April 15 to You'll receive a reply no later than August 1.

To improve the chances of being published, we encourage you to check out our "writer's guidelines" at

Monday, April 11, 2005

Writing Op - Adoption Issues

DEADLINE: May 31, 2005

We are seeking 100-150 word devotions regarding adoption, God’s love of children, and specifically God’s love of orphans. Think of how adoption has touched your life, your family, or your close friends. Of course, please specify which Biblical passage is most pertinent to your devotion. Please include a brief (1-2 sentence) prayer at its close.

We would like either a picture of the family referenced in your adoption (with permission to use the picture in this book) or a drawing from the adopted child to be used on the page opposite your devotion. However, if you cannot provide this, it does not mean your devotion will not be chosen.

This book will be published by Christian World Adoption ( for fundraising purposes. It will be sold at speaking engagements by the Director of Development for CWA in churches and civic organizations. Proceeds will be used to help fund international adoptions as well as orphanages and primary schools in other countries (mainly Africa).

Writers of published entries will be given the option to purchase books at cost and will have a short bio and picture included in the book.

Please put CWA ADOPTION BOOK in the subject line of your emailed submission and send to Sorry, no snail mail submissions, please. If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email. Happy writing!!

Rebeca DeBoard Seitz
Rebeca D. Seitz Public Relations
Phone (615) 986-9516
Fax (615) 986-9517

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Writing Op - True Tales of Weddings & Honeymoons

A writing colleague recently sent me this opportunity and gave me permission to share it with you.
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Halyna M. Parypa
Viva Voce Press Inc.
Deadline October 15th, 2005. Need those funny, unexpected, knee slapping stories about weddings and honeymoons. You know the kind of story we mean - the ones that sound a little hard to believe and may not have seemed all that funny at the time, but you look back on them now and can't stop yourself from laughing out loud - that's what we want! From off-beat engagements, to ceremony catastrophes; from dueling in-laws and reception disasters to honeymoon hijinks, we want to hear it all.

This is your chance to share your story with the world and become a published author. If your story is selected, you will be paid a one-time fee of $100 US.

Saturday, April 09, 2005


Christian Fiction Reviewer is sponsoring a writing contest for Adult Christian fiction short stories. All entries must be previously unpublished, with a 5000 word maximum. Each submission will receive comments and feedback from our judges.

Contest begins April 5 2005, closes July 1 2005 and the winning entry will be announced on August 15 2005.

First prize is $500 *
There is a $25 entry fee per short story. (If submitted by email there is an extra $2.50 printing charge.) The winning entry has the opportunity to be published on the Christian Fiction Reviewer Website. Go to the website for contest rules and submission form. Please subscribe to the newsletter so you can receive periodic updates on the contest. Entries may be submitted by snail mail or by email. (Email submissions must be paid by PayPal)

*The winning entry will receive $500 cash prize.* (The contest must draw at least 20 entries in order to award the $500 prize. In the event the contest does not draw sufficient entries, the amount it does draw, will be awarded to the winner.)

Friday, April 08, 2005

Writing Op - Marriage Topics

I recently recieved this request along with permission to pass it on to the NJCWG.
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I work part-time for a magazine and do freelance on the side.

I'm helping leaders of a marriage ministry gather non-fiction, upbeat articles on the topic of marriage. You're welcome to send articles of less than 600 words, for possible use in an e-zine and/or web site, to

Payment is $25
if your article is accepted. New pieces and reprints are welcome--but do explain where else your article appears/appeared. No queries.

Thank you and may God bless all of your various projects.

Colette Walters Walden

Marion Fairman Writing Contest

Editors evaluate manuscripts quickly; if the first 1,000 words don't hold their interest, they read no farther.

The Writing Academy's writing contest for 2005 asks you to introduce your work in progress to an editor. Works in Progress: these include short stories, essays, personal experience stories, books (fiction and nonfiction), and poetry.

Entries will be limited to the first 1,000 words of a longer manuscript. The judge will read only the first 1,000 words of a work in progress, a work in the planning stages, or a completed work, and offer constructive feedback as to how the manuscript might be revised to enhance its marketability.

The Writing Academy's annual writing contest is offered each year in loving memory of Marion Fairman--a former Executive Director of the Academy and a writing teacher par excellence. She was known as a tough critic of student writing, but her famous red pen helped countless students to become better writers.

First Prize: $100.00
Second Prize: $50.00
Third Prize: $25.00

1. The entry should be the original, previously unpublished work of the person submitting it. New, Associate, Active, and Reserve members of the Writing Academy are all eligible to enter without a fee. Non-members must include the processing fee of $5.00 per entry.

2. The contest entry should represent the opening pages of a longer work--a short story, novel, article, or nonfiction book.

3. If prose, the entry should be no more than 1,000 words in length; if poetry, no more than two pages.

4. Entry should be titled.

5. Entry should be typed or computer-printed, double-spaced.

6. Please submit two copies—one without ID, the other with author's name, address, phone number and email address in the upper LEFT-hand corner of the first page.

7. In the top RIGHT-hand corner of page one on both copies, please state the type of manuscript you are introducing--for example, a novel, a memoir, a poetry chapbook.

8. The copy with ID becomes the property of The Writing Academy and will be considered for publication on-line in Showcase! and in print form in The Writing Academy News. (By entering the contest, you are consenting to publication.)

9. Mail-in entries only.

10. Postmark deadline: June 1st, 2005

11. Send to Kay J. Clark,
985 Clark Avenue,
Chesterfield, Indiana 46017-1437

12. The contest judge will be Holly Miller, an editor with The Saturday Evening Post for more than 20 years.

Spiritual Journaling

For those of you interested in journaling, there is a good book on the subject of spiritual journaling called: Journaling A Spiritual Journey by Anne Broyles

There is also a very interesting website by Dan Phillips, dedicated to the same subject:

Quotable Quote

“Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.”
—Joseph Pulitzer

Glorieta Christian Writers Conference

Glorieta Christian Writers Conference
October 26-30, 2005
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Three members of the NJCWG will be attending Glorieta this year: Maude Carolan, Ann LeFevre and Louise Bergmann DuMont

There is still time to join us. If you want to attend, please contact me as soon as possible ( 551-427-3794 )

If you've reached the stage where your writing is ready for publication, this may be the conference for you. Glorieta is one of the largest Christian Writers Conferences in the country. Editors, Agents and Publishing Houses abound at this conference and the teaching... I can't even begin to expound on the level of expertise you'll encounter. This is THE conference to attend if you want to experience what professional writers are about.

Please note that this conference is HUGE. Large conferences can be overwhelming when you attend your first one alone. If you chose to attend this year, you have back-up (grin).

Hope to have a few more members join us!

Louise Bergmann DuMont


NJCWG Next Meeting
Monday, April 11, 2005
6:15-7:00 - Chat Time
7:00-8:00 - Lesson
8:00-9:00 - Critiques

I will bring the latest Writers Digest Magazine with me. It contains five full pages of the Best Websites for Writers. Great Stuff.

The May, 2005 issue also has a great article on Telling, Not Showing, a continuous battle for many of us.

Anyone struggling with a particular writing issue right now? If so, email me at and I will see what I can do to present that topic at one of our next meetings.

Of Special Interest
I had a very interesting conversation with a young woman who may be joining our group. She is an accomplished playwright and a member of her church (who "may" be willing to teach a tract at our next conference) is the inspiration and creator of Dora the Explorer - one of the hottest new children's stories. I'll keep you posted on any developments in this area.

Louise Bergmann DuMont's Press Release


April 7, 2005

Contact Info:
Louise Bergmann DuMont
Day 973-487-2264
Eve 973-962-9267
Cell 551-427-3794


As a young mother, author Louise Bergmann DuMont was disheartened every time she encountered the neighborhood Super-Mom. It was obvious that the word ‘perfect’ in no way described her own life and mothering skills. In Faith-Dipped Chocolate: Rich Encouragement to Sweeten Your Day, Louise exposes the sweet bits of wit and wisdom that grew from her personal foibles and failures. Mothers of every age will laugh, cry and take to heart the victories and disappointments Louise shares.

“Motherhood is like a wonderful roller coaster ride. Even as you hear the clickety-clack of the chains that are taking you to the top of that first hill, you know you’re going to scream all the way down the other side. You aren’t the first or the last to sit on that ride. There are others whose hearts race with the thrill and whose stomachs lurch with the discomfort that comes only with motherhood. Is it worth it? Absolutely. That’s why so many of us come back for more!” ~ Louise Bergmann DuMont

Faith-Dipped Chocolate: Rich Encouragement to Sweeten Your Day, was built on moments that embrace being a mom. From finger painting with chocolate pudding to embracing her lovely new daughter-in-law, Louise fills her reader’s day with bursts of energy that will encourage them through both the ordinary and the extraordinary tasks of motherhood. Each chocolate inspired bite of life is just sweet enough to make the corners of your mouth turn upward as you lick that last smidgen of chocolate off of your fingertips.

What others are saying about Faith-Dipped Chocolate:

"Louise Bergmann DuMont mixes up a smooth blend of 'slice of life' musings, recipes, quotes and fun facts in her newest release Faith-Dipped Chocolate. Served up with rich morsels of scripture, the reader gets a little taste of heaven on earth. This is the perfect, delicious companion to DuMont's first offering, Grace By The Cup." ~ Peggy Phifer, editor and publisher, Wordsmith Shoppe Weekly

“Her light touch, short inspirational messages, and sly warmth make this a delightful read. Like eating chocolate, you may say, "Okay, just one more and then I'll stop." That statement doesn't work with chocolates; it doesn't work with this book.” ~ Cecil “Cec” Murphey, the author of Gifted Hands, Committed but Flawed, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and over ninety other titles

Louise Bergmann DuMont is an author, teacher and speaker who uses inspirational humor and words of encouragement to help individuals get through today’s difficult times. In addition to her book, Faith-Dipped Chocolate, she is the author of Grace by the Cup: A Break from the Daily Grind, sixty caffeine-inspired stories that are the perfect compliment to your morning cup of Java. Published in numerous periodicals DuMont also writes an internet column, Coffee Nips And Chocolate Chips, that centers on of her favorite subjects – faith, coffee and chocolate.


74th Annual Writer's Digest Competition

Writer's Digest is once again hosting a writers' competition. To receive even an honorable mention in this contest of note is a big deal.

Categories Include:
Memoirs/Personal Essay & Magazine Feature articles: 2,000 Wd Max
Mainstream/Literary Short Story and Genre Short Story: 4,000 Wd Max
Inspirational Writing: 2,500 Wd Max
Children's Fiction: 2,000 Wd Max
Rhyming Poem & Non-Rhyming Poem: 32 Line Max
Stage Play Script or Television/Movie Script: First 15 Pages (Standard Format) & 1 page Synopsis

Deadline: May 16, 2005

Contest Fees:
First Manuscript $15, Additional Manuscripts $10 each
First Poem $10, Additional Poems $5 each

For contest rules, prizes, additional information and a copy of the entry form you can go to:


I'm sorry that I haven't been posting to our blog lately, but it seems that recent weather conditions affected my ability to post. Even though the blog itself was visible, I was not able to post new items. I will be posting a number of things over the weekend. Keep your eyes open for them!

Louise Bergmann DuMont
Author of -- Faith-Dipped Chocolate: Rich Encouragement to Sweeten Your Day

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Short Story Contest


Christian Fiction Reviewer is sponsoring a writing contest for Adult Christian fiction short stories. All entries must be previously unpublished, with a 5000 word maximum. Each submission will receive comments and feedback from our judges. Contest begins April 5 2005, closes July 1 2005 and the winning entry will be announced on August 15 2005.

First prize is $500*
There is a $25 entry fee per short story. (If submitted by email there is an extra $2.50 printing charge.) The winning entry has the opportunity to be published on the Christian Fiction Reviewer Website. Go to the website for contest rules and submission form. Please subscribe to the newsletter so you can receive periodic updates on the contest. Entries may be submitted by snail mail or by email. (Email submissions must be paid by PayPal)

*The winning entry will receive $500 cash prize.(The contest must draw at least 20 entries in order to award the $500 prize. In the event the contest does not draw sufficient entries, the amount it does draw, will be awarded to the winner.)