The Quill 2021 Archive

The Quill / February 2021


February 2021

Message from the President

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of our cherished advisors, agent Marly Rusoff, recently observed that SCWA is reinventing itself. It hadn’t occurred to me that the path we’ve chosen was perceived that boldly, but there’s truth in that.  
When we look back at the accomplishments of our members and our board in 2020, there’s much to be proud of. 

We look ahead with much hope and promise. Our 2021 objectives reflect an ambitious agenda that fits with Emerson’s philosophy, something I believe applies to organizations, too. 

Read more of the Message from the President.

Events & Education


Our 2021 Virtual Conference is coming up, featuring notable authors, agents and publicists. Learn more and register!

We have an amazing array of virtual programs scheduled throughout the year in our Become an Author and Writing Conversation series. Some programs are filling up! Register now for these FREE programs.

Publications Update


Congratulations to the member authors selected for the 2021 issue of Catfish Stew! The anthology will be available for purchase in April on the SCWA website. 


The latest issue of The Petigru Review is full of great writing. Read it here.

Membership News


Annual membership renewals are due on April 1. Members are asked to renew as soon as possible. Anyone renewing between now and April 1 will be paid up through April 1, 2022. Auto-renewals are highly recommended. To renew, go to your profile page at Member Profiles.

Don’t forget to update your profile page. Not sure how to access and update it? For ease, we’ve added a quick link to the Member Profile Page that will take you to your editing features. In addition, we’ve added a link to a how-to video, which you will find on the editing page. View the video.

Want to know about writing contests? Setting up a free account on will give you the opportunity to a view writing contests for your genre. Submittable is the top site in the nation for open contests and submission guidelines. You can even track your submissions, follow particular organizations and receive notifications.

SCWA is exploring whether to host events and/or activities in conjunction with the fifth annual international Indie Author Day on Nov. 13, 2021. We are looking for volunteers to help make a determination and plan accordingly. SCWA has many indie authors and invites more to join our organization. 

What is Indie Author Day? Each year, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers, and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and so much more!

Because we are a volunteer-led organization, such an undertaking is impossible without your help. Click here to sign up for a planning team that is being formed. A virtual organizational meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8. Questions may be directed to
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