Eyelands Book Awards

International book awards for published and unpublished books

Grand prize (published books): Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards and publication (excerpts) online on our website. Grand prize (unpublished books): Publication from Strange Days Books
Six more prizes one for each category of every section also win a a special handmade ceramic designed especially for Eyelands Book Awards
Certification document for every prize.
Final results are to be announced on December 20th 2018.
The award will be given in a special ceremony in Athens
Award Ceremony: 5th of May, 2019
Place: Polis Art café, Athens, Greece
Judges: Andriana Minou (poetry), Gregory Papadoyiannis (novels, novellas), Antonis Tsirikoudis (short stories) / Entry fee: $30

Closing: Tuesday, October 20, 2018 at midnight PST.
Submit your book or manuscript online or via snail mail with a $30.00 entry fee
Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels.
Multiple submissions allowed (with a separate fee for each submission).
Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Finalists for every category to be announced on November, 20, 2018
Final results are to be announced on December, 20, 2018.
There are no restrictions regarding nationality
Participants must be 18 years old otherwise we need parents’ consent to accept the submission.
Manuscripts must be written in English.
There is no restriction about the form or style of writing. We prefer the pages to be numbered. Files should be uploaded as an MS Word document or PDF. Fill the entry form, copy and paste it in the body of your email.

Submit your manuscript to:
eyelandsmag@gmail.com  [or]  strangedaysbooks@gmail.com
or send your book by post to: Chimarras 6, 74100, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Thursday, November 8-Sunday, November 11, 2018 (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM on the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th; 8:00 AM – Noon on the 5th), BIG ARTS, Sanibel Island
12th Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Registration open now.

Join Ann Hood, Joyce Maynard, Alastair Moock, Steve Almond (creative nonfiction), Andrea Askowitz (narrative performance), Julianna Baggot (YA literature), Lynne Barrett (plot & structure), Jenny Bent (literary agent), Jill Bialosky (editor), Emily Black (memoir), Brock Clarke (fiction), John Dufresne (fiction), Tod Goldberg (fiction), Stephanie Elizondo Griest (travel writing), Major Jackson (poetry), Steve Kistulentz (fiction), Tom McAllister (fiction), Annemarie Ni Churreain (poetry), Jan wary O’Neil (poetry), Jane Roper (nonfiction), Michael Ruhlman (food writing), Christopher Schelling (literary agent), Mark Evan Schwartz (screenwriting), and Darin Strauss (narrative) four four days of workshops, panels, readings, consultations, and concerts.

For more info, visit www2.fgcu.edu/siwc

WOW! Women on Writing invites entries to its Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. The honorable guest judge this season is Literary Agent Heather Flaherty with The Bent Agency. Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. Electronic submissions via e-mail only; reprints are okay; multiple submissions are okay as long as they are submitted in their own individual e-mail. Open internationally. Limit: 300 entries.

1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate; 7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview; and 10 Honorable mentions receive a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate. Top 10 stories are published in the WOW! Women On Writing e-zine, and contestants are interviewed on WOW’s blog, The Muffin.

$10 entry fee; critique option for an additional $10. Deadline: November 30, 2018


For this contest, we will be reading the stories through the lens of craft, and selecting winners based on the strength of the story in each of the following three craft categories: Setting, Dialogue, and Character. One story will be awarded in each category, and each of the three authors will receive $1000 and publication. Finalists will also be noted in each category. So send us that story that really shines in one (or all!) of these categories. We can’t wait to read your fiction! Submit here.

Third annual Indie Author Day

Have you ever said to yourself, “I should write a book”? Come meet some folks who have done just that at Indie Author Day.

The third annual Indie Author Day will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The event will be hosted at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, from 9 am until 1 pm during its weekly Greenmarket.

Just what is an “Indie Author” anyway? The term applies to authors who have self-published a book. Ever since Amazon launched its self-publishing platform in late 2007, indie publishing has grown exponentially. In 2017, of the 1,000 top-selling eBooks on Amazon, 284 of them were written by self-published authors.

But indie publishing isn’t strictly digital. Indie authors also offer books in print form. Local authors who write in a wide variety of genres will be on hand to sign their books and to answer questions about their publishing journey.

Spots are still available for authors who want to join in the fun. Please contact fran@francesothomas.com for more details. GCWA members please also contact Irene Smith at president@gulfwriters.org in order to coordinate our participation.

Sarasota Screen Writer’s Retreat

Three day screen writers retreat at Ringling College of Art and Design.

In an intense 3 days, Robert McKee teaches the substance, structure, style and principles of Story. Learn how to apply classical story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.

Seminar tuition: $865

Begins: Friday, October 19
Ends: Sunday, October 21
Time: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm

Venue: Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida
USA 34234-5895
Map and Directions

We are pleased to offer a discount to you, your writing groups and College students and educational professionals. Students and college professionals may contact Kimmi at 941 309-1200 x 104 for the discount code and writers and writers groups may apply the code MCKEE10 for a 10% discount!

We so look forward to you coming to our beautiful county and enjoying the seminar in an intimate setting.

Here is the link! Space is going fast! https://mckeestory.com/register/registration/?ee=72

Kimberly Heath-Carrico
Production Coordinator
AFCI- Certified  FcP, FcF

Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office

The 8th annual Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival takes place March 16 in Blalock Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tents will be assigned as they are reserved. The first deadline for tents is Nov.1, 2018.

Each 10-foot x 10-foot tent may be used by one or two authors, at $150. After Feb. 1, 2019 the cost goes to $175, if tents are still available. Between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1, tents may be reserved for $150 if any are left. Most authors will want to reserve a tent by Nov. 1 to ensure they have a place at the book fair. Each tent will include an 8-foot table and two folding chairs. Authors must pro- vide their own table covers and booth identification signs. As in the past, we plan to have the students available to help get books to and from tents.

The Writers Festival takes place Friday, March 15 at the new Venice Public Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave. Proceeds from the fair go to Venice Heritage Inc., the 501(C )3 fundraising organization that supports the extension of the Venice Museum and Archives and the restoration of the oldest existing house in Venice, the Lord-Higel family pioneer home.

The book fair has an improved website. Please check out www.venicebookfair.com

We look forward to seeing you on October 5, 2018 at the Creative Writing Education Today Symposium to be held at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

The Symposium is free, the panel sessions promise to stimulate interest, inquiry, and discovery; and the audience discussion and thoughts will be published in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (Taylor and Francis) in 2019.  Please register for the Symposium, using the quick “Register here” link.



Dr. Dianne Donnelly
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Assistant Dean, Office of Research and Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida
Dr. Graeme Harper
Creative Writing Pedagogy
Dean, The Honors College
Oakland University, Rocjester, MI

Lona Root Haskins

Lona Root Haskins, a member of GCWA, has been invited to speak Friday, Sept 14th at 1:00 at Lakes Regional Library.

Lona came to the literary world very late in life. In 2014 at age 79 she published her collection of grief poetry, Grief to Celebration: The Journey Through the Loss of My daughter, Dianna Louise.  In 2015 at age 80 she published her parents’ memoir, Humble Roots: Earl and Caroline. Lona will be discussing her extensive research into the events of the early to mid 1900s and the impact of these events on her parents’ lives.