Writers Read

Writers Read is a group for local writers that meet at the Punta Gorda Library on West Henry Street on the first Tuesday of each month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The next meeting is May 1st.

The authors attending the meeting may provide several copies of their work in progress to be reviewed for feedback. Depending on the number of attendees, each writer has a ten-minute slot to read their story/poem followed by a five-minute discussion period. This group gives a writer the opportunity to read their work aloud. We gather to help each other improve our work.

Several of us are self-published and can give tips on going that route. Some are published by a small press. We are happy to share our experiences.

All writers are invited to participate no matter what level. Doesn’’t matter if you’re simply thinking about writing and want to attend to get a feel for what transpires at a meeting. Those of us who have been attending for years are happy to share our experiences and encourage others not to give up.

Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and the county library there is no charge for attending the meeting and you don’t have to be a member of anything. You just have to want to write something.

So if you have been or are now thinking of writing, don’t be bashful, come join us the first Tuesday of any month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We want to hear your story.
Paul Holmes (pgholmes@comcast.net)

Nonfiction Writers Conference

8th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference
May 2-4, 2018
Opening Speaker: Gretchen Rubin

Presented by Nonfiction Authors Association
An Educational Community for Writers

We are thrilled to announce that our opening session for NFWC 2018 features New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies.

Gretchen will share her perspectives on Happiness, Habits and Productivity for Authors. She will also explain what it was like to find out that her book was on the New York Times bestseller list, how that has impacted her career, and what is was like to get the call that Oprah wanted to interview her for Super Soul Sunday! As an attorney, writer, and podcast host, Gretchen has much to share with our nonfiction writer community.

Register for the 2018 Nonfiction Writers Conference

The Nonfiction Writers Conference is VIRTUAL
Attend from Anywhere!

Since 2010, the Nonfiction Writers’ Conference has taken the concept of the traditional in-person writers’ conference and turned it into a one-of-a-kind ONLINE experience. Featuring 15 speakers over three days, all sessions are conducted via teleseminar, which means attendees from around the globe participate via phone or Skype–NO TRAVEL REQUIRED!

WOW Flash Fiction Contest

WOW! Women On Writing 2018 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2018

WOW Flash Fiction
WOW Women on Writing invites entries to its Spring 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Sharon Pelletier with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Literary Agency (DG&B). Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words.
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.
Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries. $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10.

WOW! Women On Writing Q3 2018 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
Deadline: April 30, 2018

Creative Nonfiction ContestSeeking creative nonfiction essays between 200 – 1000 words on any topic and in any style–from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more!

Prizes 1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow.
The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally.
Limit: 300 entries. $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

Chais Voris


Chai (pronounced Shay) Voris is a new fiction writer that made her living  as a technical, business  and training development writer. She is now blessedly retired and decided to start writing for enjoyment. She is a born storyteller or drama queen as her mother likes to put it. Chai  decided to start giving voice to the many characters that roam around in her head (did I mention crazy?) Chai lives on Pine Island with her wife Deborah Hunter, her mother-in law Marjorie Hunter, and her sister-in-law Peggy Richards. She is lucky to also  live across the street from her mother, Melanie and her father (a published author and her inspiration) James Lee Voris.

Chai is currently (2018) President of Pine Island Writers.

Last Call for Entries!

Deadline extended to April 23, 2018

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone! And welcome to all, having the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com

Guidelines:
Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, 5 pages maximum length, on any subject or theme. Genres: fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, all entries must be either typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple and simultaneous poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by: April 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM, PST.
All contest winners will be published on May 31, 2018
Prizes:
Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
$10 per story, $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the cover sheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation.
Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Mail to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details on how to enter!