Copperfish Books: Local Authors in the Spotlight
Thursday, March 22 from 6 to 7 p.m.
103 W. Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda
Come hear local authors introduce us to their books – speed-dating style! This is a great opportunity to meet some of our local writing talent.

  • Sara Coast, What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You
  • Beth Ferns, The Dying Fields
  • Glenn Miller, Grabmore
  • Linda Schell, A Key West Story
  • Debbie Sharron, Indecision (Book 1),
    Choices (Book 2), and Working Our Way Home (Book 3)
  • Howard Spielman, A Good Day: Confessions of a Reformed Pessimist
  • Monika Tandon, Beyond My Wildest Dreams: A German Girl’s Story of WWII and Beyond
  • Janice Tuttle-Friel, A Descendant Of The Mayflower The Roots Of My Life: The Tuttle Family History and Genealogy
  • Tom Zinneman, Portraits of Florida Wildlife

Cost: Free but reservations are required.
Info: or (941) 205-2560.



Thirteenth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference
November 8 – 11, 2018
BIG ARTS & the Sanibel Island Public Library, Sanibel Island, FL

Keynote Speaker: Ann Hood

Presenter lineup:

Steve Almond 

Lynne Barrett

Emily Black

Brock Clarke

Erica Dawson

John Dufresne

Beth Ann Fennelly

Tom Franklin

Tod Goldberg

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Steve Kistulentz

Joyce Maynard

January Gill O’Neil

Michael Ruhlman

Christopher Schelling

Mark Schwartz

Darin Strauss

Registration open soon!

The dates for this year’s conference are November 8-11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please send them to Tom DeMarchi at or call 239-590-7421.

Looking forward to seeing you on the island in November!

Tom DeMarchi & the whole SIWC crew

Writer's Digest Competitions Name

Ready to write your way to success? It all starts when you enter today!

The decision to self-publish your book is a bold move. It can take an unfathomable amount of time, research and money—maybe even a few sleepless nights. If you’ve self-published your book, you deserve recognition. You deserve to be rewarded for your dedication.

Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards has been recognizing self-published excellence for more than 25 years, and this time around, your book could win big.

Here’s what you could win:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book in the March/April 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A press release from Writer’s Digest, to be sent, along with a copy of your book, to 10 different major publishing review houses
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
  • AND more!

For the chance to earn the prestige you deserve and watch your career soar to new heights, enter Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards



Writers Open Workshop

Peace River Center for Writers
Time changed to 10 am.
A Writers Open Workshop of prose and poetry will be held every other Friday from January 19th to April 27th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Room D-203 at Florida SouthWestern State College, Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda. There is no charge. This workshop is open to the public. So invite your fellow writers. The facilitators will be John Pelot, Dobie Pasco, and others. Writers of all levels are welcome. Please bring samples of your writing to read or discuss on a flash drive for projection at the workshop or e-mail to​.

​Click here to visit Peace River Center for Writers​ website.

Masters Review Anthology Prize VII with Rebecca Makkai

Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories or essays written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is to showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winners are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Our third volume was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection through the INDIEFAB Awards, and our fourth volume was an honorable mention for best anthology.


Writer's Digest Competitions Name

You are a literary genius. When someone starts reading your work, they can’t seem to stop. You leave them hanging on every last word. But are you getting the accolades you deserve for your writing?

If national prestige, $5,000 in cash, coverage of your win in Writer’s Digestand these great prizes are what you’re looking for, enter the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition. For more than 80 years, talented writers of all genres have been celebrated in this renowned competition. And this year, the spotlight could be on YOU.

Submit your best work in up to 9 categories, including Memoir/Personal Essay, Rhyming Poetry, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) and more!

If you’re ready to watch your writing career soar, enter your best work in Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition today!




Poetry & Short Fiction Submissions Now Open
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018

Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience, which I believe would be of interest to those in your network at The Gulf Coast Writers Association.

The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction. There are no limitations on themes or subject matters, only encouragement to submit work that harnesses the boundless potential of language, offering limitless and unforgettable worlds.

Creative Writing Award Prizes include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage

Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines and Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish. Entries are open until 31 August 2018.

It is £12 to enter the Poetry category and £18 to enter the Short Fiction category.

​For more information visit: ​​

Poetry Chapbook

Chapbook Poetry

Chapbook PoetryTo celebrate National Poetry Month, the Alliance will partner with local poets in creating its’ inaugural Chapbook.

Online submissions are due by February 23, 2018. To be eligible for entry, poets must be able to attend the Chapbook reading on April 5, 2018. Poets chosen to participate will be notified in mid-February.

  • Submissions will be accepted now through February 23, 2018.
  • Poets must reside in southwest Florida and read their work at the publication launch Celebration on April 5, 2018 at the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Simultaneous submissions are great, but you must tell us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere.
  • If your work is selected, we ask for first-time publishing rights on our website and social media sites as well as print the publication.
  • We charge a nominal fee of $5 for submissions, which covers the cost of publication
  • Send a bio (up to 50 words) and up to three poems in a single document, in .pdf, .rtf, .doc, .docx, or .txt format. Please use a standard 12 point font (Times Roman). Poems should not exceed one page and must be unpublished in any form.Submit to Chapbook

Extended Deadline January 15, 2018

Submit your best short fiction stories!

We’ll make this quick. Writer’s Digest is on the prowl for standout short stories in 1,500 words or fewer.

Think your short story has what it takes? Enter it in the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for a chance to win $3,000 in cash, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, recognition in the pages of Writer’s Digest and more.

Make your story bold, brilliant and of course, make it brief.

Enter today!