Executive Committee

(1 Year Term)

Corporate Board

(3 Year Term)

Judy Loose

Judy Loose

Board (term ends 2019)

jcloose@looselinks.com
More about Judy

Gianni Franco

Gianni Franco

Treasurer

Arlyn Euken

Arlyn Euken

Secretary

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson

Board (term ends 2020)

normsson@yahoo.com
More about Tom

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Membership (co-chair)

Laura Nonemaker

Laura Nonemaker

Membership (co-chair)

Jan Nieman

Jan Nieman

Board (term ends 2021)

jannieman@comcast.net
More about Jan

Sloan Jordan

Sloan Jordan

Special Projects

Don Cappelli

Don Cappelli

Board (term ends 2021)

doncappelli@hotmail.com

Mike Cole

Mike Cole

Website Manager

Al York

Al York

Officer at Large

Our Volunteers are how we operate

Being on the Board or Executive Committee is extremely important to our association. Since we are a volunteer based, 501c3, the only way we can maintain the operation is through our member’s continuous donation of time.

We realize not everyone can give in this way all the time, and thus we have one-year terms for most of our officers. The Board meets four times per year outside of our general meetings, and the Executive Committee meets eleven times. Giving of just one year is all that is asked, and who knows, you may find you enjoy it and want to offer more.  Each term begins on April 1st.

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!

MWAThe next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be Saturday, April 14th and will feature author Suzi Weinert. She will discuss her Garage Sale mystery series, her dance with Hollywood, and having her books produced for the Hallmark Channel.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>

 

REGISTRATION OPEN SOON!! ​

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 tdemarch@fgcu.edu or call 239-590-7421.

Looking forward to seeing you on the island in November!

Sincerely,
Tom DeMarchi & the whole SIWC crew

The next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be Saturday January 13th and will feature NYT bestselling author Lisa Black. She will be discussing fingerprints – just one of her specialties. Along with being a NYT bestselling author, Lisa is a seasoned forensic specialist – it’s a great combination – forensics with a writers perspective. Lisa always impresses.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>

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!

 

The Joyce Henderson Contest

Southwest Florida RWA Presents

The Joyce Henderson Contest 2017

Deadline for Entries: September 15th, 2017

$30 per submission via PayPal

SWFRW Members only: $25​

CATEGORIES:

Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Editor: Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing
Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Historical
Editor: Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing
Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Editor: Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency

Young Adult
Editor: Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press
Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing
Agent: Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management

Inspirational
Editor: Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing
Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency

AWARDS:

  • The chance to get your manuscript in front of a top industry editor AND agent!
  • All winners announced in the Romance Writers Report.
  • Within each category, winners will receive:
    • 1st place: $50 and a Certificate of Achievement
    • 2nd place: $20 and a Certificate of Achievement
    • 3rd place: Certificate of Achievement

https://swfrw.org/joyce-henderson-contest-rules/

The next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be September 9, 2017. Save the date.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available — invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>