Saturday, September 5, 2009

Local writer’s initiative submission-deadline extended

Writers from the Jersey Shore region, in conjunction with a nationwide endeavor hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), are being given extra time to submit their compositions for possible publication in an online gallery affiliated with NCTE.

Steve Peacock of Point Pleasant, curator of The Sandstorm Gallery of Jersey Shore Creative Writers announces that local creative artists now have until Sept. 28, rather than Sept.8, to submit their work. Although registration is required, there is no fee.

Peacock continues to invite and encourage writers from Monmouth and Ocean counties to submit their work to The Sandstorm Gallery, a Local Partner Gallery in the NCTE-hosted National Gallery of Writing.

“The goal of The Sandstorm Gallery is to showcase the talents of creative writers, poets and other lovers of language from the Jersey Shore region,” Peacock says. “As its name implies, this gallery seeks to entice the talents of local artists adept at whipping up and unleashing a storm of language and beauty.”

As a Local Partner Gallery in the National Gallery of Writing, Peacock and The Sandstorm Gallery will join NCTE in celebrating composition in all its forms and demonstrating how integral writing has become to daily life in the 21st century.

Registrants are permitted to submit one piece—whether it is a poem, short story, essay, or other creative or reflective work—to the Sandstorm Gallery. Compositions accepted for the gallery will be unveiled when the National Gallery opens for public viewing on October 20, 2009, the National Day on Writing. Updates about the local gallery and its participants are featured via The Jersey Sandstorm blog.

Steve Peacock is a former Washington, DC, journalist who late last year completed Georgian Court University’s dual teacher certification program. He now is a state-certified Teacher of English and Teacher of Students with Disabilities. Peacock also is the author of Hotel Dick, a memoir of his earlier career as a hotel detective—traditionally known as a “hotel dick”—of the Helmsley Palace in New York City.