Thank You, Emily Jones!

We want to thank Emily Jones for the tremendous way she’s led the Ohio Writers’ Association over the past year.

We are an all-volunteer-run organization, and Emily has selflessly given of her time to facilitate our workshops, publish an anthology, and to care for our members. We very much appreciate the way she’s given of her time and energy on behalf of Ohio writers.

Emily is the mastermind behind Outcasts: An Anthology, which features short stories by eighteen fantastic Ohio authors. Find it on Amazon here.

You can thank Emily (and stay in touch with her), by supporting her initiative: The Worlds Within. She and her team (including quite a few OWA members), are publishing awesome speculative fiction, including a quarterly magazine. Find their first issue on Amazon here. (It’s quite good and the cover art is amazing.)

The Worlds Within also accepts unsolicited fantasy and sci-fi short story submissions. Check out their website and submission guidelines here.

As Emily moves on to other projects and ambitions, we have some changes in the works for the Ohio Writers’ Association. We’ll announce more on that soon. In the meantime, keep your ears out for workshops and the usual activities.

Thank you, Emily Jones, for your tremendous contributions to the Ohio Writers’ Association. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to have you lead the team. We wish you all of the success in the world.

Winner of the Great Novel Contest – #1 Amazon New Release!

We are pleased to release the winner of the Great Novel Contest: Threshing of Straw by Kim Catron. This book has skyrocketed to #1 Amazon New Release just today.

Find it on Amazon now in paperback or ebook editions.

A grandmother who only ever wanted to protect her two little girls. A mother who did the unthinkable years before. A father lost in his memories of the Korean War, and a daughter caught in the middle of it all. Georgia. Thanksgiving week. 1962.

USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin had this to say about the novel: “A beautifully written, deeply felt story of the importance of listening to even the smallest voices amongst us. You’ll want to reach into the pages to give Macey May a hug and to whisper that all will be fine in the end. Kim Catron is a new author to watch, and Threshing of Straw is a story that will not disappoint.”

Don’t miss this incredible story that everyone will soon be talking about!

This manuscript won the Great Novel Contest. As part of her prize, Kim’s manuscript was eligible to published by Bellwether, the publishing arm of the Ohio Writers’ Association.

Congratulations, Kim! You’ve published an amazing book and we’re so excited to see it take off.

A win for Kim is a win for all Ohio writers. Let’s all raise our voices in support of this engaging novel. Buy a copy, leave an honest review, share the link! Your voice matters. Use it for Ohio small presses and new literary voices.

Holiday Gift Guide – Ohio Books

It’s been a busy year for publishing at the Ohio Writers’ Association. In partnership with Bellwether, we’ve published four books, including three past contest winners and one anthology.

These books make awesome gifts for any occasion. These books are contest winners that stood out among their peers, and the anthology is carefully vetted. Every purchase also supports Ohio authors and small press literature.

Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea

Fellow Travellers by Jesse Bethea
Winner of the Great Novel Contest

You deserve to read this book. Bindra Dahr happens upon a secret society of time travellers. But this is unlike any time travel you’ve read before. Adventure, intrigue, mystery–reviewers are loving this book, and so will you!

Buy one for yourself and a friend so you can read it together! You’re going to want to talk about it when you’re done!

The Busker by Brooks Rexroat

The Busker by Brooks Rexroat
Winner of the Great Novella Contest

Brooks is an accomplished author you won’t want to miss. This unique literary fiction novella is a short read that will stick with you.

Outcasts: An Anthology

Outcasts an Anthology

A book that truly has something for everyone. Eighteen amazing Ohio authors, selected from a fantastic pool of submissions, represent some of the state’s best work. This is a diverse body of work representing a range of genres. Plus there’s a foreword by none other than Dan Fogler of The Walking Dead.

Threshing of Straw by Kim Catron

Threshing of Straw by Kim Catron
Winner of the Great Novel Contest

This one won’t actually be out until next week, but we’ll share the top secret link with you so you can order it now! This is a thought-provoking story of 1960s Georgia. Buy it first, people will be talking about it and you can beat them to the scoop.

And more…

That’s just the start! So many of our amazing association members have also published books this year, and we couldn’t possibly feature them all in this post. Please share a link in the comments below, to your own book or another Ohio author that you love.

Open Member Meeting – January 20, 2021

Dear Ohio Writers,

The past year has been an interesting time for all of us.

Historically, much of what we’ve done as an organization has been contingent upon our ability to meet in person. I confess that I’ve been waiting for the Coronavirus situation to blow over so that we can get back to business as usual.

It doesn’t appear that’s going to happen any time soon.

And perhaps this is a good opportunity to reassess who we are and what we’re doing.

To that end, I have scheduled an open meeting for all members for Wednesday evening, January 20th at 7pm ET. We will meet via Zoom.

If you would like to attend, you must RSVP. Simply send an email to to let us know you’d like a Zoom invitation.

We’ve always prided ourselves on the fact that we don’t do all of the fluff and nonsense of many writers’ groups. We provide the hard stuff that actually, truly helps professional writers and emerging authors reach their goals.

I want to hear about your needs as a writer in this time, and your ideas for how our organization can continue to fulfill its mission moving forward. This will be an open forum, and everyone who would like to speak on the topics at hand is invited to do so. If you’d prefer, you may also come simply to listen.

If you’d like to attend, please email us at right now.

I hope to see you on the 20th.

-Brad Pauquette
President, Ohio Writers’ Association

Writers’ Workshop: Live Online Peer Critique – September 16th

We’ll host a live online writers’ workshop on Wednesday evening, September 16th, 2020 at 7pm ET.

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost.You do NOT need to be a paid OWA member.

If you’d like peer feedback on your work at this workshop, please email it to us at no later than Monday morning, September 7th (UPDATE: This deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 9th). You may submit a short story (up to 10,000 words), novel chapters (up to 5,000 words), essays, poetry, or whatever else you’re working on. Please submit your work as a PDF.

You MUST BE PRESENT (ONLINE) to receive feedback. Please only submit your work if you’re confident that you can attend.

We will meet via Zoom. Everyone who has submitted work will receive a Zoom link about 15 minutes ahead of the meeting on the 16th. If you would like to attend but do not plan to submit work, please send an email to to be included on the invite list.

Only those who have been invited to the workshop will be able to view the meeting. It won’t be made available publicly.

As usual, we will make the work we’re discussing available for download one week before the workshop, so that everyone has a chance to download it and read it before the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact us at We’ll see you on the 16th!

Write a Query Letter that Works: Live Online Seminar

Write a Query Letter that Works

Hoping to impress an agent or publisher sometime soon? Get your query letter in shape!

A query letter is your first step to solicit the attention of agents and publishers. It is your opportunity to convince someone to consider investing in you and your book.

This Thursday evening, our live online workshop will teach you best practices for crafting query letters that work.

This workshop will be held live online at 7pm ET this Thursday, August 6th. If you can’t make it to the live session, you can watch the recording for 6 days following the event.

Sign up now. Due to the continuing COVID situation, we’ve reduced the price to just $30.

This is the third installment of our four-part Online Summer Seminar Series. Each seminar presents game-changing information to help you capture real opportunities in publishing.

Have questions? Please reach out to us at

The Five Key Steps of Book Production: Live Online Seminar

Join us this Thursday, July 16th, for the second installment of our Summer Online Seminar Series.

If you plan to self-publish and you want to compete in the marketplace, your book needs to be as good as the books coming out of the largest publishing houses.

The traditional publishing industry universally agrees on five steps every published book must undergo to improve quality and profitability. As a self-publisher, you can replicate these five key steps to produce a top-quality book.

At 7pm ET Thursday evening, Brad Pauquette will explain these five steps, along with tips and best practices for ensuring quality results. This information will save you time and heartache, and it will make your project dramatically more successful.

Brad is an accomplished publishing consultant and the author of The Self-Publishing Handbook. His work has spanned more than a decade, working with authors of all types, from working parents to New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors.

Sign up for this Thursday’s seminar here. The live, interactive broadcast will begin at 7pm ET via Zoom. You may also watch the recorded video for one week following the seminar.

Due to COVID, we’re offering it at a special discounted rate of just $30 (regularly $59):

Note that we’ll send the link to the seminar to your PayPal address, unless you provide an alternate address at checkout or contact us at

If you can’t make it on Thursday, you can watch the video for up to a week after the event. Register now, and we’ll send you the link to the recorded video as soon as it’s available.

If you’d like to save even more money, you can register for the complete series of four summer seminars for just $99. In the series, you’ll learn the Three Publishing Paths, how to write an amazing query letters, and how to identify your next steps to find great publishing opportunities. Use the button below to register. We’ll send you the link to the recording of the first seminar (“The Three Publishing Paths”) as soon as we receive your registration.

April Workshop Live Online – Submit by March 23

We are living through an extraordinary time.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we will not be holding our April workshop in Pickerington. Instead, we will hold a live online workshop on Wednesday, April 1, at 7pm ET.

We will use the interface, which is free and super simple. You can login live with 2-way audio and video from virtually any phone, tablet, or computer.

Typically, our workshops are open to the public. This time, however, the workshop will only be open to authors who submit work for peer critique.

The workshop format will be the same as always.

For those that wish to give feedback but don’t have work to submit, we’ll also encourage the authors to post their stories to the online OWA feedback forum, and you can share your feedback there. The feedback forum is available to paid members 24/7.

To be included in the workshop, simply send your short story, essay, poetry, or novel chapter to no later than 7am Monday morning, March 23.

If you have any questions, please reach out by email.

Web Technology for Authors – Class Starts Thursday

Join us for a 6-week class beginning March 12 — web technology and how to use it as an author.

If you write, you’re probably aware that a web presence is essential for developing an audience for your work (which is sometimes called a “platform”). But what do you really need and what’s the best way to set it up?

Even if you have a website and online presence, you might still be asking those same questions.

The fact is that little decisions you make now can have drastic effects on the cost and effectiveness of your platform in the future.

This 6-week class will help you sort out these questions, and put you in a position to not only know what you need to do, but why to do it and how to do it.

No experience is necessary. We’re going to start from scratch. We’re going to talk about how the internet works, and build up from there.

This 6-week class will cover websites, website building, blogging, mailing lists, and so much more!

Sign up here.

As usual, you can sign up for the full 6-class series, or just sign up for the specific classes that you think will be most helpful for you.

You can attend the classes live online on Thursdays at 7pm ET. Or you can watch the recorded videos. The class size is small, so there’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

We’ve received great feedback on this series so far. Here’s what a couple of others had to say:

“Brad has a terrific, conversational way of conveying his concepts.”

“The course delivered! Brad is a great teacher and I enjoyed this course.”

“Thank you so much for providing this class – by far the best class I have taken since college.”

Don’t wait, sign up today. You’ll be glad you invested in yourself. Register here.

March Workshop – Submit by Monday, February 24

Our next writers’ workshop will be held Wednesday evening, March 4th, in Zanesville, Ohio.

Get the complete details, including time and location, by logging in to your free account and navigating to “Workshop Materials and Information.” Don’t have an account, create one here for free.

If you’d like your work critiqued at this workshop, you must email it to no later than 7am on Monday, February 24th.

There are no special formatting requirements for your work. We recommend that you include page numbers, and we prefer that you send your work as a PDF.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Anyone can submit their work to receive hard, honest peer feedback, but you must be present at the workshop. Please only submit if you’re confident you can attend.

If you’re not ready to submit, but you’d like to check it out and maybe give feedback to others, you’re welcome to attend.

You do NOT need to be a paid member of the Ohio Writers’ Association to participate. All are welcome.

Questions? Please email us at