Call to Children’s Book Authors

Calling All Children’s Authors! You are invited to the fourth annual Children’s Book Fair.
Please forward to anyone who is a local author or illustrator of children’s books.
Authors may share a booth. Please reply by Friday, March 9th. Thanks so much!

Peg Haynes
Realize Bradenton | Farmers’ Market Manager
(941) 932-1154 |

Submit to CRAFT online magazine

Time for some great stories.

CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in strong fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. We feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more.

STORIES by Michael McGriff, Clare Beams, Melissa Yancy, Megan Cummins, Bret Anthony Johnston, and more. Our entire library can be found on our fiction page.

We pay our authors a flat rate of $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction. We do not charge submission fees, but are highly selective in what we choose to publish. [more]


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 Poems should not exceed one page and must be unpublished in any form.Submit to Chapbook

Writer wanted

Jennifer Dinsmore is looking for a freelance informal writer who can help write or document her parents’ life. They reside in Rotonda West and have had an interesting life that Jennifer would like documented so her children will be able to read about them when they are older.
For more information contact Jennifer at

Doug has a new children’s book out in time for the holidays. Entitled, ‘Morgan McKinney’s Bigger-Than-Life Bedtime Story’, it stars Morgan McKinney, a big lovable kid who is rambunctious and full of energy. No one can jump like Morgan and no one has a feather pillow like Morgan. You know, the feather pillow with the DO NOT REMOVE tag on it. It isn’t until his mother tells him a bedtime story on Christmas Eve that he discovers just what happens when the tag is pulled OFF.  Follow Morgan and all the large animals at the zoo on their amazing airborne adventure above Florida. Meet Henry, the Humongous Hippo; Ralph, the Rugged Rhino; Eloise, the Purple-Spotted Elephant Seal; Garth, the Goliath Grouper; and Martha, the Monstrous Manatee.   Watch for a guest appearance by the Big Guy himself, Santa Claus. And don’t miss the super cool surprise ending!

Kerryn Reid’s novella, “Butterfly in a Hurricane,” has been named a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The story involves a fragile young woman with Asperger’s syndrome who falls for the Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy who spares her a speeding ticket. He sees in Lydia the beauty of a butterfly, with all its vulnerability. She’s odd, awkward, and irresistible… but if he’s Type A, she must be Type Z. Can they possibly find happiness somewhere in the middle of the alphabet? “Butterfly” is part of an anthology of short stories by Southwest Florida Romance Writers out August 2016 in ebook and print.