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For 89 years, Writer’s Digest has been looking for and shining the light on new and up-and-coming writers in any genre or category.
And it’s that time again—we’re looking for writing that strikes and grabs us, that we can’t put down. We’re looking for standout writing in any and all of the following categories:
- memoirs/personal essays
- print or online article
- genre short story (think romance, thriller, mystery, sci-fi, etc.)
- mainstream/literary short story
- rhyming poetry
- non-rhyming poetry
- script (think stage play or television/movie script)
- children’s/young adult fiction
That’s a lot of options, but we’re sure something you’ve written or are writing will fit in. And we’ve seen a wide range of winners in the past several years. Just be sure to check our website for entry details—we have strict word count restrictions for each category.
So, how will this competition help you? That’s easy. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, a trip to New York City for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, and an interview for a feature article in our magazine. Ten first place winners in each category receive $1,000, ten second place winners in each category win $500, and on and on!
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The 2020 Hudson Prize is now open for submissions!
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.
The annual deadline is March 31.
Submit your manuscript by January 31 and save $5 on the entry fee!
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.
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.
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