THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. Postmark deadline: DECEMBER 28, 2019. How to enter, visit

Northport Library NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month at North Port Library

Friday Kickoff, November 1, 2-4 p.m.
Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
North Port Library, Juliano Room

Come to write and get inspired!
A writing space, Wi-Fi, and computers are provided.

Please see the attached flyer about the National Novel Writing Month Events at the North Port Library on November 1, 2, 9, 16, and 23.  John Pelot, PRCW President, will teach a Novel Writing Workshop on Saturday, November 9th, from 1:30-3:30 in the Juliano Room. To register and for more information, please visit the Information Desk at the library or call 941-861-1307.

Andrew Conlyn

Andrew Conlyn

From his earliest years in rural Virginia, Andrew loved nature. From crawfish to thunderstorms, he marveled at the creativity on display wherever the influence of man was not overpowering. Growing up, he invented stories to entertain friends. He went on to explore the limits of photography. He created a style he named ‘natural surrealism’ by taking photos of real objects in a way that expressed hidden extra-ordinary characteristics. He reworked photographic processes to expand and distort what the lens actually saw. Exploring furniture making, he designed and manufactured pieces such as a cantilevered wooden aquarium that seemed to defy gravity. Turning to larger works, he became an architect and created the firm Associates in Architecture. His other creations include two beautiful children and a fabulous relationship with his wife, Vivian. Naturally, he entertained his children with fantasies based on reality and now has made those stories available to all children.

Today he sees nature under siege, and a people not recognizing the jeopardy we have put upon
ourselves. His debut novel The Venus Prophecy, in the emerging genre of cli-fi uses a blend of
science fiction and drama to illustrate our peril. He hopes people worldwide will see what is
happening in time to prevent his fictional catastrophe on Venus from becoming reality on Earth.
He is joining others in fighting for a healthy atmosphere and a clean environment.



GCWA Officer at Large

Open GCWA Officers Positions

Officer at Large. The Officer at Large shall serve as an officer without portfolio; shall be available to assume the role of any other officer except the President for a short term until said office can be filled by appointment or election. The person serving in this position shall have no specific responsibilities but shall provide advice and counsel to the rest of the Executive Committee and shall have voting rights.

GCWA Secretary

Open GCWA Officers Positions

Secretary. The Secretary shall record minutes of Executive Committee meetings and business meetings of GCWA. The draft minutes shall be distributed to the Executive Committee within ten business days of the meeting. The Secretary shall prepare and distribute, following the annual business meeting, the report of election of new officers. The Secretary shall maintain GCWA archives of minutes, reports of other officers, business correspondence, Policies and Procedures, and amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws.


NaNoWriMo 2019 is right around the corner. This wildly popular phenomenon, National Novel Writing Month, starts November 1, and you’re urged to write an entire novel by the end of the month.

Wouldn’t it be great to actually finish a 50,000-word novel in 30 days? Since 1999, that very idea has inspired millions of writers from all over the world to embark on this journey. In 2015 alone, more than 430,000 finished their manuscripts.

NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides tools, structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page.

NaNoWriMo believes in the transformational power of creativity. Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!

What is NaNoWriMo?

Sign up here.

Masters Fall Fiction

Fall Fiction Award Judged by Anita Felicelli

The Fall Fiction Contest is NOW OPEN for submissions through November 30th! Submit your very best fiction up to 6,000 words for the chance to win $2,000 and publication in The Masters Review. Fifteen stories will be honored on our shortlist, with the winning three selected by Anita Felicelli!  Second and third place stories earn $300 and $200, respectively, publication, and correspondence from our judge. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

Submit Now


Date changed to October 24, 2019 from October 10, 2019

Award-winning author and Gulf Coast Writers Association member Charley Valera is inviting everyone to his official book launch party. The book in an autobiography titled, A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens. Captain Arens and Valera will be in attendance to talk with readers and sign books. There will be books available to purchase at the event.

Date changed: October 24, 2019 from 5:00-7:00
Military Heritage Museum,
900 W Marion Ave,
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Valera — A Military Mustang

A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens
by Charley Valera

Captain John W. Arens has teamed up with Charley Valera, the best-selling author of My Father’s War. Together they have created A Military Mustang, an autobiography about the life of Captain Arens. Follow the journey from a young boy during The Depression to Captain of a U.S. Navy ship. Too young to join the Marines at 15, John persisted and began his career serving our country at 17 in the Merchant Marines until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Read about John’s extraordinary 37 years of military service. Follow him from a paratrooper, to Arctic diver trained by Navy Seals, to Army Ranger, to Captain of U.S. Naval Vessels. Truly a military mustang worth reading about.

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