For writers of romance, or other genre fiction with romantic elements (mystery, suspense, women’s fiction…)
Sponsored by Southwest Florida Romance Writers

Entry deadline October 1


  • Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
  • Historical
  • Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Romantic Suspense


  • Unpublished authors
  • Traditional or self-published authors who have not published in the category they’re entering within the past 5 years
  • Entries must be the author’s original work that has not been published or contracted to be published.


The first 20 pages of an unpublished manuscript featuring romantic elements.

FEE: $30

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Alice Oldford – Book Award

My latest book “10 Adventures . . .” won a gold medal from Florida Authors and Publishers Association in the Sports and Recreation category.

Open Mic Night

Join us for our Open Mic night hosted by the Hostess with the Mostest Jeanette Hickman! This is an opportunity for artists of all mediums to express their talent: Music, live painting, stand-up comedy, spoken word, poetry, reciting, acting, dancing, any form of creative performance is welcome to our Open Mic Night! Craft beer from Riptide Brewing Company, wine, and light bites will be served as part of this exciting evening!

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Performer sign-up list opens at 6:30 p.m.
Performance segments are 5 mins each

Indie Author Day 2018

Mark your calendars! The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

On this one day, libraries and organizations around the world welcome local indie authors, writers and their communities in for a day of education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels and so much more! We’re proud to offer free registration to all participants!

Once again I have the good fortune to celebrate my birthday (July 21) and Moon Day (July 20th) at my Sanibel home with my wife Marjorie, my daughters Randy and Allegra and all four of my grandchildren, It will be the 88th year of my journey on our planet and my Moon Day poem celebrates a great moment in that journey.

Click the first link if you wish to hear the 2013 broadcast of the Moon Day poem.

Click the second link to read the poem as it appeared on the website Your Daily Poem.

Thank you for sharing these moments with me.
Joe Pacheco aka Sanibel Joe

Sloan Jordan

As a young girl, Sloan discovered and excelled at writing assignments in school but never considered writing as part of a career.  After school, Sloan spent over thirty years in the field of real estate property management, specializing in low income and affordable housing.   Over the years, Sloan applied her writing skills to creating resource material for the rental housing industry, and eventually her own property management company.  Producing technical documents geared to advanced property management tactics led to writing projects for  Housing and Urban Development and Public Housing Authorities throughout the United States and its territories over the past two decades.   The majority of the deliverables were focused on “how to” subjects relating to property management.  Although still writing for HUD and its partners, Sloan decided to try to use that writing skill to take the time to tell some of her personal stories in a nonfiction format and memoir.  A short time after “retiring” and relocating to Sanibel, Florida, Sloan joined the Sanibel writing group for feedback from other writers on a memoir project.  Two years later, Sloan joined the Gulf Coast Writers Association after relocating to the Ft. Myers area.  Sloan brings both strong business skills and technical writing skills to GCWA as a current executive committee board member.

Arlyn Euken

Born and raised in Iowa. After college and working several years, fulfilled military obligation. Then moved to Cincinnati , Ohio, and spent his working career as small business owner/partner.

Retired to SW Florida. 1st wife deceased; married widow Edi Pollaert in 2010 & resides in Cape Coral.

Hobbies and activities include volunteering, community gardens, antique/classic cars,

Writing interests – mainly History & Humor.

Welcome to the 16th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.
Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2018.
• TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre
• MARGARET REID PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
• The top two winners will also receive one-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value)
• Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (any style)
• Top 12 entries published online
Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Please click here for full details. Read the winning entries from the 15th contest. The results of the 16th contest will be announced on April 15, 2019. Fee: $12 per poem.