Calling All Florida Playwrights!

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The Hippodrome Theatre supports established as well as new and emerging talent and is accepting submissions for its 2022 playwright festival!

Submissions must be received by Dec 3rd, 2021 at 12 p.m.
See submission guidelines for more information.
Winners will be announced Jan 10th, 2022!
Development, rehearsals, and performances will run from Feb 13 – 19, 2022.

Submission Guidelines
✦ Email submissions of complete scripts must be RECEIVED by noon on December 3rd, 2021.
✦ Open to playwrights of all ages, but must reside in FL.
✦ Scripts must be original, unproduced and unpublished plays. Plays which have had readings or workshops are eligible.
✦ Plays must be 15 – 30 minutes in length and have no more than 5 characters.
✦ Writers may submit up to two plays.
✦ Please use standard script format ( Writopia Script Formatting )

What should I submit?
✦ A completed entry form per play that can be downloaded from
✦ A short bio of the playwright
✦ One clean copy of your script
✦ A one paragraph synopsis of the play and a cast list with brief character descriptions

✦ Questions? ✦

Go to our website or email

Email submissions to:

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The Hippodrome Theatre

Hippodrome Entry Form 2022

Please share this opportunity with your members & alumni to submit to The Moderate Review, a newly established online journal showcasing some of the hottest emerging literary talents. We invite your words and voices to the ongoing creative discussion.

The Moderate accepts creative text (fiction, poetry, screenplays), zeitgeisty essays, reviews, and interviews as well as visual art such as painting, sculpture, and photography. We especially seek work that interfaces with the current moment.

We are currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis.

Submissions should be sent as a word attachment to with “A Moderate Submission” in the subject line. There are no word limits, guidelines, or restrictions. However, all submissions must be original work and not previously published.

GCWA Writing Contest

2022 GCWA Writing Contest

GCWA 2022 Writing Contest is Open

Writing Contest is open to GCWA members and the public — adults 18 and over, youth 11 to 17. Winners will be announced at the GCWA meeting in April, 2022. List of winners will be posted on our website. Submissions may be mailed or entered online.
Entry Deadline: January 31, 2022

Documentation for 2022 Contest (adults 18 and over)

Writing Contest announcement-2022
Writing Contest Guidelines-2022
Writing Contest entry form 2022 (for mail in entry)
Online Submission Form

Documentation for 2022 Youth Writing Contest (age 11 through 17)

Youth Writing Contest Announcement-2022
Youth Writing Contest Guidelines 2022
Youth Writing Contest entry form 2022 (for mail in entry)
Online Submission Form

Other Documentation for 2022 GCWA Writing Contest

Judging criteria-Poetry
JudgingCriteria-Children’s Stories

Formatting Tips for Writing Contest entries [doc]
Formatting Tips for Writing Contest entries [pdf]

If you have questions please email

GCWA 2015 through 2021 Writing Contest winners are posted below!
Read winning submissions here.

Sponsor or Donate to keep this contest Free for Youth entrants. Contact

All submissions must include full payment made by check to GCWA.
DO NOT MAIL CASH. Check should be for your entries only and not for other monies owed to GCWA. You can also pay below with PayPal.

Member Contest Entries Non-Member Contest Entries



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2021 Winners

Children’s Stories
1st — K.J. (Kathy) Boyd — Too Many Kids
2nd — Mariah Julio — Where is Everything?
3rd — Nancy Leake — Sammy Snail’s Wild Ride
1st — Vic Larson — Drafted
2nd — Carol Light — A Tough Nut to Crack
3rd — Pat McAnulty — The White Side of Aurora
1st — Jeanne Meeks — Ode to Otis
2nd — Geneva Kelly — Ready or Not
3rd — Alina Steele — Mrs. Murphy
1st — Jeannette Batko — Critique-Mystique
2nd — Maya Fleischmann — Patience Stillwater’s Sestina
3rd — Teresa Falsani — A Single Dolphin
Youth Category Winners
Poetry — Christopher Kozlowski — Silencing the Star of David
Fiction — Samadhi Salazar — The Mother of All Natures
Nonfiction — Nishini FernandoThe Wicked Wall of Water
Other Youth Category Entries
Addisyn Nadwodny — My Feathered Friend
Callie Sousa — Home Connect
Carolina Solomon Sense and Uniform
Claire HongThe Death Lake
Claire Hongghost
Claire Hongdivided
Euelin RienzoOur Patchworked Skeleton
Georgiana MuresanThe Unknown
Jaansi Parsa The Magic of Music
Nishini Fernando Blindfold
Peyton Sidweil Political Climate
Samandhi SalazarNourishment With a Side of Horror
Alexis Davis — Shadows of Stonewall Inn
Jonathan HongThe Limousine Driver Saves the Day
Katherine Short The Mirror
Nishini FernandoUnite
Addisyn Nadwodny Farewell Pearl Bing Bing

2020 Winners!

GCWA contest winners

[L to R] Melissa Panneton, Maya Fleischman, Andrew Conlyn, Nancy Leake, Mary Lou Williams, Christie Zarria

Children’s Stories

1st place — Paper, the Airplane by Lynne Blackburn
2nd place — The Lonely Bear by Andrew Conlyn
3rd place — The Picnic by Nancy Leake


1st place — Neighborhood Watch by Maya Fleischmann
2nd place — Conquer Your Fears by Kristen Taylor
3rd place — When the Bough Breaks by Pauline Hayton
Honorable Mention (Youth) — Circus Man by Arnav Adi


1st place — Missing Neil by Lorraine McCann
2nd place — The Lesson I Learned in Sister Regina’s Class by Mary Lou Williams
3rd place — Lucy, You’ve Got Some ‘Splaining To Do by Christie Zarria


1st place — The Concert by Melissa Panneton
2nd place — The Downfall of Cousin Leaf by Lynne Blackburn
3rd place — Morning  by J. Bradley Burt

2019 Winners!

2018 Winners!

Children’s Stories

1st place — Lola BaJola and The Fly by Laura Marske
2nd place — The Curious Gray Mouse and The Christmas Tree by Martha Jeffers
3rd place — Pixel, the Filthy-Footed Feline by Mariah Julio


1st place — Marked For Life by Sandy Dahlhofer
2nd place — Good Night, Have a Nice Sleep by Jan Nieman
3rd place — Pick Me by Wendy Halloren


1st place — Where the Action Is by David Aiken
2nd place — Swinging Back to Life by Geneva Kelly
3rd place — The Apartment by Rick Urban


1st place — Hurricane by Sharon Whitehill
2nd place — Caloosahatchee by Gary McLouth
3rd place — The River by Carmine Lombardo

2017 Winners!


1st place — When We Came Home by Mary Beth Lundgren
2nd place — Sowing Seeds by Joan Heller Winokur
3rd place — Psyche’s Rhumba by Dan Reed England


1st place — So This Guy Walks into a Bar by Judy Marksteiner
2nd place — City Lawyer by Bill Wilson
3rd place — To Name the Name of Your Father by Martin Nakell


1st place — China’s Big Balancing Act by Rose Giro
2nd place — Courage With a Small c by Patricia Sheehy
3rd place — The Riverview Melting Pot by Jan Nieman

Children’s Fiction:

1st place — A Day at the Circus by Martha Jeffers

2016 Winners!


1st place — “Year End Giving” by Teresa B. Falsani
2nd place — “Acceptance” by Richard H. Fox
3rd place — “Silence” by Lori Izral


1st place — “Disappointed” by Jan Nieman
2nd place — “Single Black Roses” by Richard Rimrodt
3rd place — “Crows” by Judy Loose
Honorable Mention — Terry Wright “A Time . . .”


1st place — “Life Lessons” by Patricia Sheehy
2nd place — “Teeth” by Judy Loose
3rd place — “Bathing an Elephant is a Big Job” by Gillian Birch

2015 Winners!


First Place – “Billy Hurts” by Jim Marcotte
Second Place – “The Shaman” by Frankie Patman Maguire
Third Place – “Boy with One Shoe” by Richard Rimrodt


First Place – “Smoke and Fire” by Eva Romanczak


First Place – “The Final Journey” by Barbara Rohde
Second Place –“It’s a Boy” by Dan Reed England
Third Place – “Thanksgiving” by Joyce Berrian Ferrari


First Place – “Tommy the Leaf” by Nancy Leake

The winners will be published in the Ft. Myers Magazine summer edition.


writing contestThe 2022 GCWA Wrtiting Contest
is now open, beginning October 1, 2021, deadline January 31, 2022.

Adult Contest (18 and older) and Youth Contest (ages 11 through 17).
Guidelines and Documentation Here

We are looking for donations and sponsors for the Youth Writing Contest
so that we may offer the contest free of charge to our Youth entrants.
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Immigrant Writing Series

Black Lawrence Press Immigrant Writing Series

The immigrant narrative is at the heart of the American experiment. However, despite the contributions of immigrants to the cultural, financial, scientific, and artistic makeup of the United States, there is no clear home for new immigrant writings in the United States. To remedy this, Black Lawrence Press proudly announces the Black Lawrence Immigrant Writing Series, an innovative program designed to provide a home for new immigrant writings in the United States and fill a much needed gap in the American literary community. The Series will remain a self-standing body with complete autonomy within Black Lawrence Press, and its editorial and advisory boards will be composed of immigrant writers and/or authors whose works explore the immigrant experience.

How to submit

Click here to submit

WOW! 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

WOW flash fiction


Deadline: 10/31/2021


WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!


Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250


That’s right, this is your chance to shine, and get creative. You can write about anything, as long as it’s within the word count and fiction. If you’re feeling inspired, write something new, or dig out those stories you started way back when and tailor them to the word count.

We’re open to any style and genre. So, get creative, and most of all, have fun.


WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!


Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: October 31, 2021

Craft 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

craft flash fiction

2021 Flash Fiction Contest is OPEN

Guest Judge: Robert Lopez
Closes: October 31

Three winners will each be awarded:

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Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest WINTER 2021 – 2022

The postmark deadline is March 31, 2022

The Winter 2021 -2022 contest is accepting verse and prose entries at this time. The new contest deadline is March 31, 2022. Enter Now! for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00! Keep writing, creating, and achieving attainable goals, while working toward making your dreams a reality.

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