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!


Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: January 31, 2020


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books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, wild card (anything goes), photography/art, poetry, unpublished stories, spiritual/religious, business, and travel works.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 ( 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 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

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:
One jam-packed day of writing possibilities featuring individual classes, discussion panels, and a special keynote speaker.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Cultural Center of Port Charlotte, 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Long trips & multi-day events not possible with your schedule or budget? Spare yourself the expense of a major trip. Attend a high quality event that brings quality presenters and publishing professionals to Southwest Florida. The conference is centrally located … a two hour drive for anyone in the primary service area. Reasonable hotel accommodations are available with blocks of rooms reserved. Conference registration is limited! Register early for discounts. See Flyer.

Writers Conference

  • Featuring literary agents & editors from NYC
  • Expert Faculty
  • Exposure to all writing
  • Choice of classes & panels
  • One-to-one sessions with faculty
  • Pitch your writing to agents

A special opportunity! – Have your writing reviewed or pitch your work to a publishing professional … including agents and editors from NYC. Submit your sample/pitch in advance and spend 20 minutes with someone who may aid you in your writing career.

One-to-One Sessions

Only for registered attendees! 1st pick of agents goes to 1st registered.

Next Steps… Watch for additional information

Registration fee includes: Your choice of class sessions, discussion panels, and workshops offered, keynote speaker, and your ability to schedule individual sessions with agents, editors and writing professionals. morning coffee, lunch, and dinner included in the registration fee.

For more information contact Brenda Spalding at


Open MicThe Spoken Word Open Mic
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Spoken Word Open Mic returns to the Sanibel BIG Arts Strauss Theatre, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Please come to help usher in the second decade of the 21st century of our Second Decade Open Mic…

If you wish to participate, please come early and sign our reader list.
(Door Opens at 7:00…have a glass of wine!)

For for info call Joe Pacheco, M.C.    472-1280



The Maxy Awards

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. Enter today, a large part of every entry goes directly to the Home of the Innocents to help those families that need it most, in honor of Maxy (read her full story here). Awards for nine categories and one “Book of the Year” will be announced each year on Maxy’s birthday, May 2nd.

You may have missed the early entry deadline, but that’s no reason to fret, we’ve decided to share a 10% discount (just use promo code SEC20 at checkout) with our favorite small presses, micro presses, self-publishers, and authors.

Deadline: January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020 ($75 for one category, receive 25% off for multiple categories using promo code: MORETHAN1)

Do you love writing fiction? Poetry? Fanfiction? Short stories, novels, or essays?  Then join other interested writers for a writing session followed by a chance to share your work for feedback!  (Sharing your work is optional).  You are encouraged to bring your own supplies.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.

Conference Room B (NF)
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm

North Fort Myers Library
2001 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Northern Lights Book Awards

The Northern Lights Book Awards – A Mark of Distinction Honoring Children’s Literature of Exceptional Merit.

The NLBA considers children’s books to be an art form and honors books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency. The NLBA are seeking works that will leave a lasting impression, ones which will resonate with the reader not only now but in years to come. We are especially interested in books that are enriching, uplifting, and promote goodwill.

$65 per category

Deadline is September 30, 2020.

InkittWriting Contests & Writing Competitions: The Definitive Guide

A comprehensive and regularly updated list of writing contests in 2019. Whether you are an aspiring or established author, here you will find a complete list of short story, novel, poetry, books and essay competitions where you can submit your fiction and non-fiction masterpieces for the chance to win great prizes and receive notoriety for your work.