Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Entries are being sought for Billboard Magazine's Ninth Annual Song Contest.
The contest will have seven categories with a judging report and critique offered for each song entered. Categories are pop, rock/rock alternative, jazz, country/folk, blues/R&B, Latin, and contemporary Christian/gospel.
Winning songs will be presented on a compilation Billboard CD and shipped to industry professional and representatives. Entry deadline is June 15.
For more information call (405) 523-4814, visit the Web site at www.billboard.com/songcontest, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club holding contest
for young writers
The Kansas Authors Club is seeking entries for its Youth Writing Contest. Students in grades 7 through 12 who are enrolled in Kansas public, private and home schools are eligible.
First-, second-, and third-place certificates will be awarded to entries in prose and poetry categories, and the winners will be honored at the Kansas Authors Club annual conference Oct. 9-10 in Pittsburg.
The entry deadline is May 15. There is no entry fee.
Contest rules are available from Margaret Nelson, 7301 Galoway, Wichita 67212, (316) 722-4137. The rules are also available on KAC's Web site: http://kuhttp.cc.ukans.edu/kansas/kac/mainpage.html.
Two books published by the University Press of Kansas have received three national prizes. In addition, a History Book Club adoption has set a press record.
"The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers and The Rush to Colorado," by Elliott West, has won the 1999 Ray Allen Billington Prize given by the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American frontier history and the 1999 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America as the best nonfiction work on the history of the American West.
"Devil's Bargains: Tourism in the Twentieth-Century American West," by Hal K. Rothman, also received a 1999 Spur Award as the best nonfiction book on the contemporary West.
"The Battle of Kursk," by David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House, has been adopted by the History Book Club. The book was chosen as a main selection for the book club after a rights bidding battle with the Military Book Club, which resulted in the biggest advance paid to date for a book published by the University Press of Kansas.
Artist to create
murals at bar
Karla Nathan has been contracted by the Ramada Inn, 2222 W. Sixth, to create two large murals for Duffy's Bar, which is being remodeled. Nathan also will hand-paint the fabric for the bar's chairs.
Artwork by Nathan is already featured throughout the hotel. Her floral watercolors hang in suites, and the dining room walls have been painted with scenes of the downtown Farmer's Market.
KU alumnus receives
Jon Muller, a Kansas University alumnus who teaches anthropology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, received the Society of American Archeology Book Award at the society's annual meeting March 26 in Chicago.
His book, "Mississippian Political Economy," explores the questions of societal organization and examines the similarities among the Mississippian cultures.
Muller, a Salina native, has taught at Southern Illinois University since 1966. He earned a bachelor's degree from KU in 1963 and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1967.
Wichita art show
Wichita -- Entries are being sought for the Wichita National 1999 Biennial Exhibit, which is open to U.S. artists and craftspeople.
Each entry must be designed and executed by the artist. Student work produced under direct supervision is not eligible, nor are works shown in previous Wichita National exhibitions.
The exhibition is open but not limited to ceramics, enamels, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metalsmithing, paper, wood and mixed media.
Juror is Wendell Castle, a sculptor, designer and educator for more than 30 years.
Entries must be postmarked by June 11. The exhibit runs from Sept. 10 to Oct. 31.
To receive a prospectus, call or write the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central, Wichita, 67206, (316) 634-2787.
looking for poetry
Warrensburg, Mo. -- Mid-America Press Inc. has issued a call for 48- to 148-page poetry manuscripts by Kansas poets who have not previously published a full-length book of poems.
The manuscript competition offers a $500 cash award and publication for a poetry manuscript by a previously unpublished-in-book-form writer living in Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska or Oklahoma.
Manuscript deadline is Sept. 30. There is a $20 reading fee.
Interested writers may request guidelines by sending a No. 10 self-addressed, stamped envelop to Mid-America Press Inc., P.O. Box 575, Warrensburg, Mo. 64093-0575.
cast in musical
Lawrence resident Morgan Loveland is among the cast of "On the Town," a musical by Leonard Bernstein that opened April 16 and will run through Saturday at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The musical, which is part of the university's celebration of the 80th anniversary of Bernstein's birth, follows the adventures of three young sailors on a 24-hour shore leave.
Loveland is a junior majoring in theater and voice. She has been a member of the Singing Hoosiers for the past three years.
Lawrence artist showing
works in Texas
Lawrence artist Nancy Marshall and her niece, Brooke Lehenbauer of Port Arthur, Tex., are holding an exhibit of their works through April 30 at the Texas Artists Museum in Port Arthur. The title of the exhibit is "Artistic Harmony."
Marshall and Lehenbauer, who has cerebral palsy, have collaborated on a series of drawings and paintings using a variety of media and papers.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Hughen School, where Lehenbauer is a student.