REGISTRATION OPEN SOON!! ​

Thirteenth Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference
November 8 – 11, 2018
BIG ARTS & the Sanibel Island Public Library, Sanibel Island, FL

Keynote Speaker: Ann Hood

Presenter lineup:

Steve Almond 

Lynne Barrett

Emily Black

Brock Clarke

Erica Dawson

John Dufresne

Beth Ann Fennelly

Tom Franklin

Tod Goldberg

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Steve Kistulentz

Joyce Maynard

January Gill O’Neil

Michael Ruhlman

Christopher Schelling

Mark Schwartz

Darin Strauss

Registration open soon!

The dates for this year’s conference are November 8-11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please send them to Tom DeMarchi at tdemarch@fgcu.edu or call 239-590-7421.

Looking forward to seeing you on the island in November!

Sincerely,
Tom DeMarchi & the whole SIWC crew

Drawing the battle lines between Show and Tell – Part 2

Ed Ellis will be using information as developed by Robert Plutchik (Psychologist of Note) and his emotions wheel. Please print the wheel graphic and bring it to the meeting. It will be used to explain the examples during the meeting.

Meeting Date: Wednesday June 13th.

Jacaranda Meeting – 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Conference Room, second floor
Jacaranda Trace
3600 William Penn Way, Venice, FL 34293

Englewood Meeting – 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34223

Poetry & Short Fiction Submissions Now Open
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018

Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging and established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience, which I believe would be of interest to those in your network at The Gulf Coast Writers Association.

The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction. There are no limitations on themes or subject matters, only encouragement to submit work that harnesses the boundless potential of language, offering limitless and unforgettable worlds.

Creative Writing Award Prizes include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage

Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines and Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Works previously published are also accepted and you may enter as many times as you wish. Entries are open until 31 August 2018.

It is £12 to enter the Poetry category and £18 to enter the Short Fiction category.

​For more information visit: ​http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/​


FAPA Book Awards Submissions Deadline extended to May 28!

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Books published between January 2017 and May 2018 are eligible for this year’s awards. Eligible books may be entered in forty-three categories.  There are also two separate cover design categories.   Discounts are available for Early Bird Submissions. The Early Bird Submissions deadline is February 28, 2018. The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018.

For more information and to submit a book, please visit https://fapa.submittable.com/submit or click on the button below.

Submit Your Book

 

Writers on the Air

Every Sunday WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites writers of all levels to READ their poem, story, or screen play on its weekly program, “Writers on the Air.” (3 to 5 minutes is suggested). We’re looking for funny and family-friendly content.. We tape weekly on Sundays at 3:00 P.M. Sign-up is 2:30. The previous week’s taping is broadcast on the radio at 5:00 PM on Sundays.  Worldwide viewers can hear the show on the Internet.

Join us at Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12735 US-41, North Port and relax in our family-friendly BYOB Listening Room, which offers snacks and comfortable seating. Find us next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station, which is south of Warm Mineral Springs if heading south from Venice. We are south of Caddy Carts. The public is WELCOME.

For more information, contact Linda Schell, Lschell2@verizon.net, 941-223-1262.
For cancellations, visit our FACEBOOK PAGE: Writers on the Air.
Location: Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12737 S Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287 

Hungry Hill Writing

COMPETITION DEADLINE REMINDER

POETS MEET POLITICS 2018
INTERNATIONAL OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

Dear Poets,

There are just under four weeks until our Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2018 deadline on Saturday April 28th.

We invite entries, worldwide, for poems on any theme related to politics.
http://hungryhillwriting.com/competition.html

We will be awarding a first prize of €500 for each competition, with a second prize of
One week’s accommodation in the Creativity Cabin in Cork, Ireland, ( http://www.thecreativitycabin.com ) and a third prize of €100.

For more details on the judge, entry requirements, other competition details and our entry form, please click here.

The Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University
Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida

The Sixth Annual Sandhill Writers Retreat will renew the writer in you. The full-day retreat will take place on the beautiful, serene University Campus, located in rural Saint Leo, Florida, approximately 35 miles north of Tampa. The retreat will feature twelve hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for veterans. Saint Leo’s celebrated faculty Steve Kistulentz (Panorama, Little Black Daydreams, The Luckless Age), Anne Barngrover (Brazen Creature) and John David Harding will be joined by a host of nationally-acclaimed writers/poets, including recent winner of the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Prize in Poetry and retreat favorite Michael Hettich (The Frozen Harbor, Systems of Vanishing, The Animals Among Us); fiction writer and editor John Henry Fleming (The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, Songs for the Deaf, ed.); memoirist, novelist and PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award finalist Lisa Lanser Rose, (For the Love of a Dog, Body Sharers); poet and Zora Neal Hurston scholar Phyllis McEwen; whose poetry is featured in A Woman For Our Times: Alice Walker; and writer and poet US Army Major (Ret) Matthew Mobley, whose work has appeared in Oh Dark Thirty Literary Review, Bridge Eight and F(r)iction Literary Journal, among others.

Attendees will be guided through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat will also include a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional lunch-time open reading for participants.

The Sandhill Writers Retreat is open to writers of all levels who wish to hone the craft and renew the joy of writing. Teachers, students, active and retired military and the general public are all invited to attend.

A very limited number of private one-on-one manuscript consultations are available on a first come, first served basis for an additional fee. Manuscripts of up to 15 pages of poetry, fiction and nonfiction must be submitted to Retreat Director Gianna Russo by May 1, 2018.

Retreat registration includes access to all activities. Both a box lunch and a one-on one-manuscript conference may be purchased for an additional charge. All participants must be pre-registered to attend. Early registration will close on at midnight May 15, 2018. Late registration from May 16-19, 2017, incurs an additional late fee of $15 per registrant. To read more detailed information and register online, visit this page:

https://www.saintleo.edu/sandhill-writers-retreat

For additional information contact Director Gianna Russo at gianna.russo@saintleo.edu