From the Editors

Welcome to the Spring 2010 issue! Let’s hope by the time this issue comes out, the snow has finally melted!

We have lots of events this spring for literature lovers – including our biggest FUNdraiser of the year: our online auction and spring fling. So, get out your calendars – here are important dates to note:

April 30
: Philadelphia Stories online auction opens. Bid online to support the magazine – as well as get great deals on vacations, restaurants,  books, gift baskets, and much more.

May 4
: The 2010 Second Annual Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction opens with an even bigger prize: $2,000, plus travel expenses to an awards dinner to be held in Philadelphia on October 15, the evening before our Push to Publish conference. Big thanks to the McGlinn family for making this happen and allowing us to honor our friend Marguerite with this tribute.

[img_assist|nid=5906|title=|desc=|link=node|align=right|width=150|height=225]May 22:  Spring Fling at the Swedish Museum. Just $10 includes food, beverages, readings, and live music from local band, The Tights. The party also celebrates the third release from PS Books, Prompted (at right), which features select work from Alison Hicks’ Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio.

June 6-11
: The week-long Rosemont Writers Retreat features fiction, novel-writing, poetry, and more. This is a terrific opportunity for writers to escape to the beautiful Rosemont campus and immerse themselves in their craft.

On another important note, this issue will be the last for our poetry editor , Conrad Weiser , who will be passing the reins to guest editors from the poetry board until we find a new permanent poetry editor.

When we launched the magazine five years ago, I invited my father to join us as Poetry Editor. I had no idea how huge this request was, but knew that we shared a love of writing. I also knew he would take the job seriously. He did, and he managed the poetry selection process and our eclectic poetry board beautifully. “(Conrad’s) wonderful personality and astute judgment have kept the poetry board going,” says veteran poetry board member Patricia Green. “We will all miss his presence as our poetry board leader.” Thanks, Dad.

We hope to see you online or at one of our events. Enjoy the issue!

Christine Weiser (and Carla Spataro)

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