"Write down the revelation and make it plain ... so that a herald may run with it."      Habakkuk 2:2 (NIV)

Hill Country Women of Words is a nurturing experience - warmth for your heart and for your words, coupled with supportive offers of fellowship.

United in a teachable spirit and a desire to encourage one another, this glorious group of women writers have been meeting continuously since July, 2001, in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Members write in a variety of genres including: children's, Christian, magazine articles, poetry, greeting cards, mystery, westerns, romance, fiction, nonfiction, journaling, memoir, and newspaper articles.

Be sure to drop by HCWOW member, Sally Clark's, blog for the latest Christian writer's submission opportunities.

 Our most recent good news:

Barbara Loyd's poem, "On the Lam," has won First Place in the Garland Ray Wallace Poetry Contest sponsored by the North Central Texas College in Gainesville, Texas.  

Sally Clark's poem "The Dairy Queen" is published on page 21 of The Ultra-Short Fourteenth Annual Competition 2017-2018, published by The Binnacle, University of Maine at Machias.  Her poem was listed as an Honorable Mention. 

Judith Rost has released the third book in her River Falls Mystery Series: Saved by Grace. It is available on Amazon. 

Judith Rost has released the second book in her River Falls Mystery Series: No Reasonable Doubt. It is available on Amazon. 

Barbara Loyd's poem, "Teas," is featured online in the Highland Park Poetry Muses' Gallery

Sally Clark has two poems featured in Workers Write: Tales From the Cafe, "Getting Ready for Work," and "Those Were the Days." These poems are the first and the last features of the book. 

Sally Clark's haiku, "buffalos at rest," was illustrated and featured on the San Antonio, TX, VIA buses Poetry on the Move program on the month of April, in honor of National Poetry Month. 

Barbara Loyd's poem, "On the Lam," won First Place and her poem "Fried Chicken Refried," won Honorable Mention in the Abilene Writers Guild Members Only Monthly Contest for April. 

Barbara Loyd's poem, "Winter's Colors" won an Honorable Mention from Abilene Writers Guild in their monthly members contest. 

Sally Clark's poem, "Los Compadres," won First Place in the Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

Cindy Harper's poem, "Right on Time," has been published on the "Living the Season Well" website. Read it at: https://livingtheseasonwell.com/christmas-poetry/right-on-time-advent-poem 

Judith Rost's creative nonfiction story, "An Angel Dressed in Blue," has been published on the Altarworks web site at http://www.altarwork.com/an-angel-dressed-in-blue

Linda Christensen's story, "Antics," has been published in Creative Writing Institute's Themed Anthology: Explain (how that happened).

Sally Clark's poem, "A View of Concrete Ribbons," won First Place in the Dream Quest One Summer 2016 Contest.

Sally Clark's poem, "Those Were the Days," is featured in the July issue of Beyond, the magazine of Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Megan Willome's book, The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save, and Make Your Life With Poems has been selected by Christianity Today Magazine as one of their "10 Books Worth Reading This Summer."

Barbara Loyd's creative nonfiction story, "Barbara's Story: Kindness on the DC Metro Bus," has been published in the anthology Miracles of Kindness: True Tales of Kindness in the Modern World, published by Sangamon House Publishing.

Sally Clark's poem, "Vigilance," appears on page 47 of Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, published by Dos Gatos Press.

Sally Clark's poem, "The End of Summer Garden" is published in the Texas Poetry Calendar 2017 on the week of September 3 - September 9, published by Dos Gatos Press.

Sally Clark's poem, "Summer Fruit," has been selected as an Honorable Mention in the Tor House Foundation Poetry Prize Contest.

Megan Willome's new book, The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save, and Make Your Life With Poems, published by T.S. Poetry Press, has been released.

Barbara Loyd's blog article, "Art History 101: Vincent van Gogh's Palette" won Honorable Mention in the SouthWest Writers Bimonthly Writing Contest.

Barbara Loyd's poem, "An Earth Worth Saving," won an Award of Merit from the League of Minnesota Poets.

Barbara Loyd's poem, "Fried Chicken Re-Fried," has been published in The Raven Chronicles: A Journal of Art, Literature, and the Spoke Word.

Sally Clark's lift-the-flap board book, Where's My Hug?, is awarded a Silver Medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the Board/Cloth Book category.

Valerie Gaumont has released her latest fantasy book, The Ravenwood Arms.

Barbara Boothe Loyd and Sally Clark both have poems featured in Viva Editions' gift book, TOASTS: The Perfect Words to Celebrate Every Occasion.

Sally Clark's poem, "Faith," appears in June Cotner's gift book, Back to Joy: Little Reminders to Help Us through Tough Times, published by Andrews McMeel.

Sally Clark's children's book, Where's My Hug?, a lift-the-flap board book is available for sale.

Linda Kay Christensen's book, Annie's Love is released and for sale on Amazon.

Alice Kolb's book, Hard Time, Good Time, and Great Cooking is released and for sale on Amazon.

Katy Jones signed a contract with Pauline Press to publish her middle-grade reader, A Flame Burning Brightly, the true story of Good King Wenceslas

Sally Clark's picture book, Lilah Belle's Busy Day, won First Place in Children's Literature from the Tennessee Mountain Writers Annual Writing Contest

Sally Clark signed a contract with Ideals Publications for the publication of her first children's book, a lift-the-flap board book called "Where's My Hug?"

Katy Jones' picture book, Stuck in the Muck, has been published by Reading Reading Books and is the featured book on their web site

Sally Clark won First Place in Unrhymed Poetry and Second Place in Novels from the Abilene Writers Guild

Katy Jones' story, "Pete in Boots," appears in aMUSEing tales: a collection of stories for 8-12 year olds, published by Fantastic Books.

Sally Clark and Valerie Gaumont speak at the Johnson City Successful Self-Publishing Workshop on October 12, 2013 at the Johnson City, Texas library.

Vickie Wray's humor story, "Leggo," won Second Place in the SouthWest Writers Bi-Monthly Contest for Humourous Antecdotes.

Liz Hoyt Eberle's story, "Grandmother and Mrs. Robin's Eggs" has been accepted for publication in GreenPrints: The Weeder's Digest  

Dorothy Leyendecker's memoir story, "A Mother's Decision" appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of Good Old Days Magazine.

Megan Willome's poem, "S'More" has been accepted for publication in The Cancer Project 2: More Poems by Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them compiled by The Cancer Project and published by Tasora Books.

Sheri Pattillo's poem, "Inside the Burnt Sienna House" has been accepted for publication in the 2014 Texas Poetry Calendar published by Dos Gatos Press.

Judy Koch's story, "Walking With the Lions" will be featured as the lead story in Miracles and Moments of Grace being published by Leafwood Publishers.

Sally Clark's poetry has been featured in this month's issues of Windhover, The Binnacle, Little Red Tree International Poetry Anthology, Chrysalis Reader, Weavings, and Alive Now.

Katy Jones' book, Return to Finian Jhandra, has been released by Cool Well Press. This is the second book in her young adult fantasy series.

Liz Brookshire's story, "The Best Seat in the House," has been accepted for publication in the February edition of Texas Coach, the official publication of the Texas High School Coaches Association.

Dorothy Leyendecker's story, "Prairie Potato Roast," was published in The Village Neighbor, a Florida publication. This was the second publication of this story.

Sally Clark's poem, "Rear View Mirror," won First Place in the SouthWest Writers "Anything Goes" Poetry Contest.

Katy Jones' has a wonderful write up in the Houston Banner newspaper about her new book, Leandra's Flute.

Barbara Loyd's poem, "Dancing for Exercise" was choses from over 100 entries as the Third Place winner in the Watch Me Bounce contest and is published on their web site.

Sheri Pattillo's poem, "An American in Spain," won Second Place in the Whispering Prairie Press 2012 Writing Awards.

Sally Clark and Valerie Gaumont both speak at the Johnson City library's writer's workshop: I've Got An Idea - Now What? on August 4, 2012.  

One of Katy Jones fantasy short stories has been accepted for publication in Chamberton Publishing's latest science fiction/fantasy anthology.

Megan Willome's poem, "S'mores" has been chosen from approximately 1,000 submissions for publication in the second volume of The Cancer Poetry Project, published by Tasora Books.

Barbara Loyd's bio/love story, "Proposal Among the Peacocks" will be included in the Falling In Love With You anthology to be published by OakTara Press this fall.

Sally Clark won First Place for her poem, "Barking and Clawing Against a Sensible Leash," in the Kay Snow Poetry Contest sponsored by the Willamette Writers organization in Portland, Oregon, the largest writers organization in Oregon.

Valerie Gaumont is celebrating the release of her newest book, Haven, the fourth book in her Channel Riders contemporary sci-fi series.  









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