creative nonfictionWOW! Women On Writing Q3 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2020
Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more! The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store
10 Honorable mentions receive a gift card good for one item from CreateWriteNow’s Store

Entry: $12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php#EssayContest

WOW flash fictionWOW! Women On Writing Spring 2020 Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: May 31, 2020
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Quressa Robinson with Nelson Literary Agency

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; simultaneous submissions okay; reprints okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries.

Prizes (20 winners!):
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card
Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.
Entry: $10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Hi I’m April O’Leary and I’m reaching out to offer your writers something in this time of isolation due to COVID-19.

I am offering my spring Quick and Easy Book Writing Course free (discounted 100% off the $995 normal pricing) just as a way to give back to the local writing community. We’ll have a lot of fun together and hopefully, come out of this time with a book in hand ready to publish.

For more info go to www.olearypublishing.com/events. There is a Promo Code they can use to create the discount and get in free. If you have any questions reach out. I’d be happy to answer them. Have a great day!

April O’Leary

Founder, O’Leary Publishing
28089 Vanderbilt Drive, Suite 202

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Southwest Florida Writers Conference Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone the Southwest Florida Writers Conference (April 18, 2020)  until the danger posed by the coronavirus has passed. New cases are popping up here in Florida in the conference area. Our agents are from New York, an area severely hit by the virus. Flights from NY are already affected.

We are offering a refund to anyone that wishes for registration fees, one-to-one fees, and for the networking dinner that they have paid. If you do not request a refund they will be applied to the conference when rescheduled. It will also protect you from an increase in cost. Contact us if you request a refund.

We hope that when the crisis is over and a new date is set, possibly in April 2021 that you will attend.

The Hudson comes to the PeaceSouthwest Florida Writers Conference
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Be sure to register for the 2nd annual (2020) Southwest Florida Writers’ Conference to get the discounted Early Bird rate. The price increases on January 15th. Scheduled for April 18th at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center, this huge 1-day event will offer 45 workshops, 2 masterclasses, and private sessions with the New York and Florida literary professionals. Last year’s event was so successful that many of the agents, editors, publicists, and marketing experts are returning to find new writers to represent. For more information go to:  www.southwestfloridawritersconference.com.
Program:   
One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
Date:       
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location: 
Cultural Center of Port Charlotte, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

 

Copyediting Services

editingFor several years I have provided copyediting services both privately and through the Peace River Center for Writers.  My fee is much less than the average to make this service available to new authors.  [$10 an hour or $2 per 250-word page (12 pt, double spaced), an average of 5 pages an hour.  $4 per page for manuscripts with a lot of errors.]  I have edited works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, and spirituality.  I use “The Chicago Manual of Style” and the “Cambridge Guide to English Usage” as standard works of reference.  If you need editing, please contact me at prcw@fsw.edu or 941-676-2630.

Madelon Becker
Peace River Center for Writers
at Florida Southwestern State College

Maxi Awards 2020

The Maxy Awards are dedicated to awarding only excellence for indie and self-published authors. They are unique in that all entrants may submit their book digitally, as a manuscript or published eBook; therefore, the award can be issued prior to an author’s publication. Authors are invited to enter our next competition for qualifying books with a 2018 or future copyright.

March is here, and it’s the last month for submissions. Deadline March 31, 2020. We’re happy to offer a 10% discount (just use promo code MAR10 at checkout) to our favorite small presses, micro presses, self-publishers, and authors.

We’ve even improved our entry form and submission process, hooray! You can SUBMIT HERE or read on for more reasons why submitting your book to the Maxy Awards is such a great idea.

To assist our staff judging, we’ve now added 3 new judges, which we are very excited about (http://www.maxyawards.com/judges). We will announce finalists on April 11, 2020. The “Book of the Year,” Winners, and Runners-Up will be announced on May 2, 2020. 

Another great reason for submitting is that we’ve surpassed last year’s entries already, with our deadline still months away! This means the largest donation yet to the Home of the Innocents, and Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) will match our donation. That’s more funding for those with special needs and disabilities who need it most.

So please consider submitting your wonderful book for our awards, or at least pass our information on to anyone in your literary circle. Thank you!

Florida Writers AssociationRoyal Palm Literary Awards competition recognizes extraordinary writing in 27 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions. All entries receive extensive professional feedback.

Submissions are accepted February 1 through April 30

Joe Pacheco on WGCU Radio

Our local NPR radio station, WGCU broadcast Joe Pacheco’s poem “Love Poem for Leap Day 2020” on Friday, February 28th at 8:45 AM and 4:44 PM. The station has also created a webpage to document and highlight the occasion. Click on the link below to access the page:
https://news.wgcu.org/post/sanibel-poet-joe-pacheco-s-love-poem-leap-day

He will also read the poem at the Sanibel Island Writers Read on Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 PM at Herb Strauss Theater, BIG Arts, Sanibel. If you can, come and share the evening with Joe and his fellow Island writers.

Peace River Center for Writers

The Creative Writing Workshop will be held on March 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, from 2:00-3:00 P.M., Room D-203,  at the FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda.  The college is closed for Spring Break on March 9th.  The teacher will be John Pelot, PRCW President.  FLAC Poet Heidi Reszies will teach the class on March 23rd.  Bring samples of your Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction on a flash drive or hard copy.  There is no fee.

Christie Zarria

Christie Zarria

I’m a native Texan who got to Florida as soon as I could – about eight years ago. My life in Texas centered around my true love from high school, to whom I’ve been married for nearly 50 years, our five amazing children and 14 spectacular grandblessings. Outside of family, I was an executive assistant for the CEO of the largest medical malpractice insurer in Texas for over twenty years. My spousal unit and I are avid travelers who have been to Turkey, China, Italy, India, and most of the Caribbean, Central, and South America. I also enjoy sewing, playing my new grand piano, and cooking for and entertaining the steady stream of family and friends that come to see us at what is fondly referred to as the “Zarria B&B!”

I love to write about family, travel, personal experiences, and occasional philosophic reflections, although my secret wish is to do a historical novel of some sort. To date, my only claim to published fame is a third-grade poem which made the PTA newsletter and an anecdote that was submitted to and published in Readers Digest in the early 80’s.  I hope to hone my writing skills by hanging around the amazing group of fellow writers in the GCWA and absorbing all I can from the wealth of talent and experience here. I’m honored to be part of this group.