Iowa Author Fest
Iowa Author Fest is being held on September 23rd, 2017 at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines Iowa. The hours are 11:30 to 5:00pm. Iowa Author Fest promotes the creative endeavors of writers, visual artist, and musicians. We have had writing contest for budding authors in High School. The first contest had three contestants and the last had ninety-three contestants. We are in the mist of placing these stories of the contestants in book form for them and their families.
This year we also will have the pleasure of having Cos-play Echo-13 joining us for the children. There also will be face painting. Don Brown and associates will be our musician this year. There are many authors of a wide genres for your reading pleasure to purchase. Jasper Winery will have drinks for all ages to purchase along with food from our food vendor.
First of all, we apologize for the long period of time it took us to process the contest entries. Some already know some of this information; we received a whopping 93 entries this year. Out of these, we narrowed them down by the rules; high school student, font size and style, word count, and double spacing.
We then split those that were left into two groups; closest to the word count and alternatives that was slightly under the word count. The judges looked at the story content, grammar, and continuity. Each judge picked the top three and honorable mentions. Each story was rated and the numbers tallied. The highest tally was the first place and so on.
Letters are going out to all of the students this week to let them know their standing in the contest. The work on the anthology is in progress and the available date will be posted for the contestants and their family.
We want to thank all the students, teachers, and parents for the great participation in the contest.
Side notes about the participates: there were 35 boys and 55 girls, from over 26 high schools represented from around Iowa. We did have one seventh grader send a very good story, meeting the other criteria, but was not eligible because she was not in high school, bummer. We invite her to enter the contest when she becomes a high school student.
This year’s Iowa Author Fest is to be held August 6th, 11am to 3pm, at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, Iowa. There will be limited space this year, so first come first served, sorry. Cost $40.00 per author, includes table and chair. I was planning on increasing the number of authors each year but because of downtown construction and cost we changed the venue for this year. Also we will have a room to hold fifteen minute readings for about sixteen (16) authors during our time at Jasper Winery. This will be first come first served also.
Depending on the number of books you have published, you may have to share a space with another author.
I have set up another e-mail address strictly for Iowa Author Fest and I will keep this email, B2013k@outlook.com , open for my use.
New Iowa Author Fest e-mail will be: IaAuFe@outlook.com
Thank you for participating in one or both previous two events. I look forward to seeing again this year.
Larry Stumbo and associates.
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The Jordyn Van and a group of awesome authors are going to be in the Beaverdale Fall Festival Parade this coming Saturday the 19th starting at 10:00. We will be handing out candy and beads to promote the Iowa Author Fest September 26th at Brenton Skating Plaza at 9 to 2 in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Larry Stumbo will be presenting the winners their prizes from the essay contest that Iowa Author Fest sponsored for Des Moines High School students. There will be thirty-four authors who have a wide variety genre for your reading pleasure to buy. There is also artist from The Art-A-Holic group presenting their art work for sale. Two musicians will be entertaining as Otis’ Asian Cuisine will have delicious food to buy for grateful stomachs.
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