CAS Lecture Series



Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Edwards Hall, Room 112
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965

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Writer and US Army veteran Brian Turner reads from his work and discusses some of the complications involved in crafting art from memory.

Brian Turner is a poet and memoirist who served seven years in the US Army. He is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise and Here, Bullet, which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection, the 2006 PEN Center USA “Best in the West” award, the 2007 Poets Prize, and others. Turner’s work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Poetry Daily, Harper’s Magazine, and other fine journals. Turner has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and more. His memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country, has been called, “achingly, disturbingly, shockingly beautiful.”

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Florida SouthWestern State College is excited to host children’s author Alma Flor Ada and Lee Bennett Hopkins to campus as part of the Authors @ FSW Speaker Series.  This event Tuesday, November 14 at 11:00 am in Building AA, Room 177 at Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ada is the author of children’s books, poetry, and novels including Dancing Home, Under the Royal Palms, Where the Flame Trees Bloom, Island Treasures: Growing Up in Cuba, and Yes! We are Latinos. She was born in Camagüey, Cuba and grew up in La Quinta Simoni, in a house owned by the family of Cuban revolutionary Ignacio Agramonte. At the age of 15, Dr. Ada traded a quinceañera party for summer school in the United States, thus beginning her life as a bilingual person. She earned a scholarship to attend Loretto Heights College, where she first encountered discrimination against Mexican-Americans, a discovery inspirational to her diversity appreciation efforts. A professor emerita at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Ada is recognized for her work promoting bilingual and multicultural education in the United States.

Award-winning children’s author and poet Lee Bennett Hopkins will also appear. His books include Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life, Alphathoughts: Alphabet Poems, Full Moon and Star, City I Love and Mama: A Novel.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Books by both authors are available for purchase at the FSW Thomas Edison Campus bookstore.



2017 Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing

Winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 8 Tablet + A Book Review.

TCK Publishing is recognizing indie, self-published, and traditionally published authors and we’re inviting all of you to join this year’s Readers Choice Book Awards contest.

Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning!


Whether you write hair-raising thrillers, rousing romances, or otherworldly fantasies, you could be the next big winner of the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards!

We’re looking for the best high impact, low word count stories across today’s most popular genres. You could win $2,500 in cash, an announcement on the cover of Writer’s Digest , an all-expenses paid trip to the popular Writer’s Digest Conference and more.

Boost your confidence, your bank account and maybe even your career!



National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

November 1-30 The world needs your novel.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Find out more about how NaNoWriMo works.

YellowJacket Press Contest


Deadline:  December 1
Submissions are now open for the YellowJacket Press (YJP) Annual Chapbook Contest for Florida Poets.

In memory of friend and YJP Poet, Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Perez, this year’s competition has been dubbed the BETTIE Contest for Florida Poets.

The winners will receive $200, thirty copies of the book and will be invited to read with YJP during the AWP conference in Tampa in March 2018.


Poetry manuscripts should be no longer than 24 pages total, including 18-20 pages of poetry, title page, table of contents and acknowledgments. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All entrants must be permanent adult residents of Florida.

An online submission form is at Yellowjacketpress.Org

If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create an account before uploading your document. To do this, click “My Account” at the top right corner of this page.

Upload your submission as a Word (.doc, .docx), rich-text format (.rtf) file, or PDF.

Include a brief bio separately, along with the date you became a Florida resident and notice of previous publications of specific poems, if applicable.

You will still be prompted to checkout. A modest $12 reading fee covers processing costs and helps keep YellowJacket Press viable so we can continue to publish and support Florida poets. You will be required to enter your credit card information in order to complete the submission.

Winner(s) will be announced in February, 2018.

The mission of YellowJacket Press is to support emerging and established poets in Florida with an annual chapbook contest, chapbook publications and public readings. YellowJacket Press creates a means for poets to share and promote their work and nurtures a sense of community among poets and audiences across the state.

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!


President’s Book Awards

2018 President’s Book Awards Submissions
Are Open!

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Books published between January 2017 and May 2018 are eligible for this year’s awards. Eligible books may be entered in forty-three categories.  There are also two separate cover design categories.   Discounts are available for Early Bird Submissions. The Early Bird Submissions deadline is February 28, 2018. The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018.

For more information and to submit a book, please visit or click on the button below.

Submit Your Book


Fall Fiction Contest

Fiction Writers: Our Annual Fall Fiction Contest is Open for Submissions!

This year’s judge is Brian Evensen, who will be selecting the best fiction under 7000 words. First prize is $2000 and publication, with prizes for second and third place. Deadline is November 15, see complete details below.

Details here.