My only excuse is that I was out of the country for a couple of years, but still. How did I not know about this publication? The Connecticut Muse has been around since 2005, and it contains everything you ever wanted to know about local publications, authors and upcoming book signings. This directory is going to be especially useful considering advice I recently read about how to 'grow' a writing career (will post on that tomorrow).
It gets better. The Connecticut Muse holds a contest twice per year, and the 1st place winner is published in the Muse...which is distributed to EVERY LIBRARY AND BOOK STORE IN THE STATE! (excuse the excitement, but - EVERY STORE IN THE STATE!) And, of course, it's also sent to many local writers by subscription. So here's the recent contest info, but it'll require some fast writing since the deadline is April 30th:
Personal Essay Contest: Open to all writers living in CT. Write an essay on “Life in the Nutmeg State” (1,000 words or less). Essays cannot have been previously published. Send essay and $10 entry fee by April 30 to: Connecticut Muse, 4 Autumn Lane, New Milford, CT 06776