Write & Win: SLO NightWriters & Central Coast Writers Conference Collaborate

Change is happening…and as the director for the 5th year of the Central Coast Writers Conference and an active member of SLO NightWriters, I couldn’t be more pleased about the partnerships we’ve created for 2014.

And you out there in the writers’ world can benefit. This year Central Coast Writers Conference and SLO NightWriters will collaborate to present the Golden Quill Awards, a worldwide writing competition open to anyone who would like to test the waters. The 2014 theme is  Déjà vu. Creepy and wonderful right? For years both organizations have celebrated talented writing by showcasing winning authors at the conference and at San Luis Obispo NightWriter meetings and we still will do that…only our organizations won’t be competing for your manuscripts…we want you to compete for our kudos. You have until June 30 to send us your entry.

The Golden Quill Awards information is all new developed by a committee led by Tom Snow, who has become an active member of the CCWC team. Tom and I encourage everyone to participate. Note: You don’t have to attend CCWC #30 to enter the Golden Quill Awards, however, if you enter you are guaranteed registration at the Early Bird discounted fee. And the two top winners will be showcased at the conference with a reading of their winning entry…and if you are in Australia? Well, there is Facetime! Check out the following details:

 Entries accepted from April 1st to June 30th, 2014

1st Place Prize-$750 for each category & Scholarship to CCWC #30 featuring Anne Perry

2nd Place Price-$400 for each category

Honorable Mention Certificates

 Entries must include the words “Déjà vu” AND depict the theme (Interpret as broadly as you like)

Entry Fee – $15 per entry

You may enter in more than one category and with as many entries as you like.

Go to www.slonightwriters.org for payment and contest information.

SHORT STORY/MEMOIR 1,000 max word limit – must be double spaced and, where applicable, will be judged on:  1) Beginning / Ending, 2) Character, 3) Dialogue, 4) Narrative Voice & Point of View, 5) Description of Setting, 6) Emotional Impact, 7) Plot / Story Arc, 8) Use of Language

POETRY 40 line max limit – may be creatively spaced and formatted and, where applicable, will be judged on:  1) Power/Emotional Impact, 2) Message, 3) Form and Flow, 4) Use of Language

All rights belong to the author.  SLO NightWriters may request permission to announce and publish the winning entries on its website and other media.

For a complete set of Rules and Format Guidelines see below or visit our website at….or just read on:


Contest Entrants qualify for the special Early Bird rate at the 30th Annual Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference, September 19-20, 2014 in San Luis Obispo, CA, featuring keynote speaker, Anne Perry.  Attendance at the CCWC is optional. First place winners will be given free entries into the conference ($140 value each).  Registration begins in June, 2014. For details:  www.communityprograms.net       

 Questions?  Contact us: nightwriterscontest@gmail.com

2014 Contest Rules

1.  ELIGIBILITY:  All writers are welcome except NightWriters board members, Contest Committee members, screeners and judges.  Entries must be the original unpublished works of the authors.  

2.  FEES and PAYMENTS:  Entry Fee is $15 per contest entry.  For payment:

3.  DISCOUNTS:  If you wish to join SLO NightWriters at this time, include $25 (your discounted membership fee) along with your first $15 entry fee (a total of $40).

Contest Entrants will also qualify for the special Early Bird rate at the 30th Annual Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference, September 19-20, 2014 in San Luis Obispo, CA, featuring keynote speaker, Anne Perry.  Attendance at the CCWC is optional. First place winners will be given free entries into the conference ($140 value each).  For details, visit:  www.communityprograms.net          

4.  THEME:  Entries must include the words “Déjà vu” AND depict the theme (Interpret broadly.

5.  WORD LIMITS: Excluding titles, Short Story/Memoir – up to 1,000 words. Poetry – up to 40 lines.

6.  FORMATTING:  Each entry must use the following formatting:

  • Courier or Times New Roman or Ariel type font.   
  • A minimum of 1-inch margins.
  • Short Stories/Memoirs must be double-spaced, and include page numbers.
  • Poems may be creatively spaced and formatted, and include page numbers if needed.
  • At the top of each entry, list: title, entry category, and word/line count only.  NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION is to be placed on the entry itself.

 7.  COVER PAGE:  Judging is blind, so each contest entry must be emailed with a SEPARATE attachment cover page that includes:

  • Author(s) name, First and Last
  • Title of submission AND Entry Category
  • Exact Word Count, or Line Count for poetry
  • Author(s) Mailing Address, Phone Number and Email Address
  • How I heard about this contest

 8.  SUBMISSION:  Electronic submissions only (Contact us for exceptions.)  Use .doc, .rft, or Adobe pdf. 

NO DocX files please.  Place entry title and author(s) last name in the Subject Line of the email.  You may enter multiple categories and with multiple entries.  Email entry and cover page as attachments to:


9.  WINNERS: Judges’ decisions are final.  Winners will be notified after Aug 1, 2014.  For each category 1st place prize is $750, 2nd place prize is $400.  Honorable Mentions will also be granted.  Winners may be asked to read entries at the Oct 14th, 2014 SLO NightWriters Meeting.  If co-authors, they must split prize money between themselves.  Winners may be acknowledged at this year’s Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference.

10. PUBLICATION:  All rights belong to the authors.  SLO NightWriters may request permission to announce and publish the winning entries on its website and other media.

Won’t you join us in 2014 for the first collaboration of SLO NightWriters and Cuesta College’s Central Coast Writers Conference writing competition. It will feed your soul and our treasury!


California Wake-Up Call: SLO Roasted Coffees

In 1984 Norman and Gail Galloway owned retirement businesses — a Cayucos apartment complex and Morro Bay floral shop. So partnering with their friend Jerry Winnowski to purchase a coffee business in Baywood wasn’t a stretch, however, the learning curve was steep. Norman read profusely, interrogated coffee reps, and worked long hours testing coffees before he discovered Central Coast Coffee Roasting Company’s signature secret.

“Once the beans are roasted,” said daughter Julie Galloway, who is spokesperson for their family business, “we let them sit a couple days so the natural sugars come in. We call it seasoning time. Dad used to roast late into the night – maybe 50 to 1,000 pounds a night. With the equipment we have today, we can roast a batch in 18 to 26 minutes or three times more in a day.”

In 2000 the Los Osos-based company moved from their smaller warehouse on Los Olivos to a 7,000 square-foot pristine roasting and packaging warehouse at 1172 Los Olivos.

“We grew up working the business,” said Julie. Today twelve employees including her husband, Paul Miller, her brother Chris and his son, Eric, roast, blend, and package 140 varieties of regular, decaf, holiday and blended coffees under the labels SLO Roasted Coffee, Baywood Exotic Flavored Coffee and Walker/Hupp Signature Blend benefitting camperships for Headwaters Outdoor School. They ship worldwide and deliver five days a week to retail outlets from Paso Robles to Carpentaria.

The Galloways choose to purchase their fair trade organically grown beans from Royal Coffee of Emoryville. Their supplier personally inspects the coffee plantations assessing the health of the operations. And they sample the coffee beans before they purchase complete crops to wholesale.

Their company’s chief roaster, Adam Boyd, was imported from Hawaii. He joined them thirteen years ago. “He can tell from the beans crackling in the 400-degree roaster where they are in the roasting process,” explained Julie.

The deep chocolate-cherry colored beans then go into an environmentally secured after-burner to take out any particulates. Once cooled and “seasoned” in bins for two days – the time for full flavors and smells to emerge — they are package. Packaging is fully automatic including the folding and labeling in sized bags.

“Customers favorites are anything with vanilla,” said Julie. “Dad is really good at naming the coffees — romantic names like Hawaiian Affair Hazel Nut. He renamed our German Blend calling it Darn Good Coffee. It now flies off the shelf.”

Julie recapped, “We’re local – always fresh. We sell retail at the warehouse, have gift packages, and offer group tours. We recycle. Coffee chaff makes great compost.”

Details and mail order instructions are at www.sloroasted.com