Winter Solstice 2003
(Year of my Quintuple Bypass)
I thought at first
The cataracts had come back —
the sun glinting cold and yellow
over the tennis courts
brought out the Bollé glasses.
Nor was noon better —
the sun still low and stuck in time
as I drove on the causeway
to and from
the mainland mall madness,
gray gulf and sky,
whatever shred was left of day
shrouded in jaundiced twilight.
For once I was relieved
to see night begin
with Venus burning bright
and low like a jetliner
and even lower on the horizon —
the thin crescent of moon
slivering into renewal.
From darkest day had come
most shining night
and on this longest night
of my longest year —
of ever-brightening days
waiting to rise
above my horizons.
Call for POETRY Submissions
Create a poem inspired by one of the pieces of art
on display in the National Art Exhibit.
On Display February 7-March 25, 2020 at
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Deadline for submission: February 26
On-line submissions only
Evening of Poetry & Art: March 4, 2020 7-9pm
The Creative Writing Workshop begins on Monday, January 27th. It will be held each week during the Spring Semester (except March 9th) until March 30th, from 2:00-3:00 P.M., Room D-203, at the FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda, Florida. The teacher will be John Pelot, PRCW President. Bring samples of your Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction on a flash drive or hard copy. There is no fee.
Every Sunday, WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites amateur writers, poets, and comedians to perform or read on its program “Writers on the Air.” Organizers are looking for funny or family-friendly content.
Sign up at 2:30 p.m. The show airs live at 3:00 p.m. After the show, a participating visitor who reads may be eligible for a three-minute author interview that is posted on the “Writers on the Air” Facebook page.
The public is invited to:
Common Grounds Meeting Hall
12735 Tamiami Trail
North Port, Florida
next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station in the Springs Plaza.
For more information, contact Linda at Lschell2@verizon.net and visit the Writers on the Air page on Facebook.
WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!
18 Years of Stories for Grownups
A 2020 Special Celebration
Friday Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Friends of “Friday Stories for Grownups” will come to THE COMMUNITY HOUSE where Dr. Simon will tell highlight stories from that first year, 2002, and right up through 2019.
Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way,
Sanibel, FL 33957
“Stories You’ll Never Forget”
Join the showcase of oral storytelling performances. We breath new life into this ancient art of one person sharing a story with another. Tellers tell their tantalizing tales. This is HUGE! Unforgettable! Captivating and fun! Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table. Emcee: Dr. Joel Ying
The Elephant 5: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Monday, April 6, 2020
7pm – 9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Hall), 701 5th Ave South, Naples, FL 34102
Box Office: 239-263-7990
WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!
$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: January 31, 2020
2020 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
PARIS _ The 2020 Paris Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual awards honoring the best of international publishing.
The 2020 Paris Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, wild card (anything goes), photography/art, poetry, unpublished stories, spiritual/religious, business, and travel works. There is no date of publication deadline and entries can be in French or English.
Our grand prize for the 2020 Paris Book Festival is an appearance fee for our gala awards ceremony, exact date TBA.
Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:
1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.
FESTIVAL RULES: Paris Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.
NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the package’s receipt via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.parisbookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.
Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on June 25, 2020. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.
TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at parisbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at the contact e-mail below for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.
For more information, visit our web site at www.parisbookfestival.com.