Kallisto Gaia Press presents The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize

A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson Hospital. See www.kallistogaiapress.org for details

2018 Peter Meinke Prize

YellowJacket Press announces the 2018 Peter Meinke Prize for a poetry chapbook

Poetry manuscripts should include 18-20 pages of poetry, title page, table of contents, and acknowledgments and be no longer than 24 pages total. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All submissions are through Submittable. Mailed and emailed submissions will not be considered.
The winner of this year’s contest will be announced by Sept. 10, 2018, and will receive $500, 50 copies of the book, and will be invited to read with other YJP poets in October at the Other Words Conference in Tampa.
Submissions are open between June 15 and June 30 midnight or until we reach 200 submissions.
The submissions portal will open at 9AM EST on June 15, 2018. To submit go to www.yellowjacketpress.org/contests.html

Combine adventure with writing on this unique retreat.

Check the flyer and the website.

From GCWA Special Projects Officer, Sloan Jordan:

  1. The price on the attached includes everything except for lunches. I will be flying from Florida and will not be flying with the group.  The price of the land only is $3,999 CAD, or at today’s rate approximately $3,075 US for the whole trip except for the airfare and personal activity unrelated to the workshop.  I think it is a great price!
  2. The hotel looks fantastic
  3. I went on the Dublin trip and it was well worth the money for the experience of Dublin and Ireland as provided by the workshop folks. I’m sure this will be just as great but will also be a great wine-tasting experience
  4. You can say on the website that people interested could contact me by email (sloan@sloanjordan.com) for further questions or the travel agency directly.

Join Dr. Gerard Collins, an award-winning Newfoundland author, mentor, and university educator, on this creative writing retreat in Tuscany, Italy.

Your writing getaway includes round-trip air from Saint John, New Brunswick (other travel arrangements available), 6 nights at the Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy, writing workshops and one-on-one feedback sessions, all breakfasts and dinners, ground transportation, taxes, and airport fees.

During our 6-night stay at the villa, Gerard will offer two creative writing workshops and host individual meetings with all participants, where the focus is on you and your writing, and where Gerard will provide detailed feedback on your writing.

Little Bitty Writing Space is an anthology of flash fiction (stories <1,000 words). It is open to all genres and all topics, and writers at any level of experience. As long as your tale is well-told, we want to read it.

The anthology is the third in a series of flash fiction books published by Browncoat Publishing, a local press based in Portland, Oregon run by husband-and-wife team Jason Brick and Rachel Letofsky.

This is a crowdfunded project, and will go live on Kickstarter in early June.

Accepted authors are paid $10 and receive an electronic copy of the anthology once the project funds. Authors receive a print copy free if the project reaches its stretch goal.

If you have a piece that you think could call Little Bitty Writing Space home, please follow the link below and fill out our submissions form.


Writers’ Discussion Group Google+

Jason Brick
That Writer Guy

Writing for JusticePEN America’s Writing For Justice Fellowship, an opportunity for writers working in any genre to address aspects of the challenge of mass incarceration in the United States. Six Fellowships will be offered in this round, each with a $10,000 honorarium as well as funds for travel and research, and we hope this will enable extraordinary works to surface.

The 12 month-long Writing For Justice Fellowships will commission writers to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

The Great American Read

Click on “Take the Quiz” below and see the list of 100 books.

May 22, 2018, 8:00 PM
WGCU Presents

As host of The Great American Read, Meredith Vieira will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels. What’s your favorite?

How many of the 100 books have you read?

Take the Quiz

Writers Helping Writers

Writers Helpng Writers (previously Writers Read) is a group for local writers that meet at the Punta Gorda Library on West Henry Street on the first Tuesday of each month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The authors attending the meeting may provide several copies of their work in progress to be reviewed for feedback. Depending on the number of attendees, each writer has a ten-minute slot to read their story/poem followed by a five-minute discussion period. This group gives a writer the opportunity to read their work aloud. We gather to help each other improve our work.

Several of us are self-published and can give tips on going that route. Some are published by a small press. We are happy to share our experiences.

All writers are invited to participate no matter what level. Doesn’’t matter if you’re simply thinking about writing and want to attend to get a feel for what transpires at a meeting. Those of us who have been attending for years are happy to share our experiences and encourage others not to give up.

Thanks to the Charlotte Arts and the county library there is no charge for attending the meeting and you don’t have to be a member of anything. You just have to want to write something.

So if you have been or are now thinking of writing, don’t be bashful, come join us the first Tuesday of any month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We want to hear your story.
Paul Holmes (pgholmes@comcast.net)

Nonfiction Writers Conference

8th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference
May 2-4, 2018
Opening Speaker: Gretchen Rubin

Presented by Nonfiction Authors Association
An Educational Community for Writers

We are thrilled to announce that our opening session for NFWC 2018 features New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, Better Than Before, and The Four Tendencies.

Gretchen will share her perspectives on Happiness, Habits and Productivity for Authors. She will also explain what it was like to find out that her book was on the New York Times bestseller list, how that has impacted her career, and what is was like to get the call that Oprah wanted to interview her for Super Soul Sunday! As an attorney, writer, and podcast host, Gretchen has much to share with our nonfiction writer community.

Register for the 2018 Nonfiction Writers Conference

The Nonfiction Writers Conference is VIRTUAL
Attend from Anywhere!

Since 2010, the Nonfiction Writers’ Conference has taken the concept of the traditional in-person writers’ conference and turned it into a one-of-a-kind ONLINE experience. Featuring 15 speakers over three days, all sessions are conducted via teleseminar, which means attendees from around the globe participate via phone or Skype–NO TRAVEL REQUIRED!

Chais Voris

Chai (pronounced Shay) Voris is a new fiction writer that made her living  as a technical, business  and training development writer. She is now blessedly retired and decided to start writing for enjoyment. She is a born storyteller or drama queen as her mother likes to put it. Chai  decided to start giving voice to the many characters that roam around in her head (did I mention crazy?) Chai lives on Pine Island with her wife Deborah Hunter, her mother-in law Marjorie Hunter, and her sister-in-law Peggy Richards. She is lucky to also  live across the street from her mother, Melanie and her father (a published author and her inspiration) James Lee Voris.

Chai is currently (2018) President of Pine Island Writers.