Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit
by Susan Grunin

Life LessonsIvy Sue Klutz (Little MisFit – LMF) finds one of her first memories confusing. This is when she is three and a half years old and is at her sister Lynn’s birthday party. Their cousin, Janet, asks the partygoers to guess what Lynn’s birthday present is as the truck delivering the present is backing up to the front porch of their house. Unbeknown to LMF, Janet told the other kids not to really guess that it’s a bike. You guessed – LMF guesses that her sister is getting a bike for her 5th birthday present. But instead of everyone being happy that LMF guessed the right thing, everyone is mad at her and none more than her mother. LMF runs off to her soon-to-be baby brother’s bedroom and tries to hide behind his dresser, with her mother hot on her heels, yelling at her all the way. From this experience and many others through her 4th grade years in school, LMF learns the Life Lesson that Life Isn’t Always What It Seems.

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KaleidoscopeWomen writers, submit your true, short story for consideration of publication in a Kaleidoscope Wojo™ anthology.

Ladies get those pens and laptops ready.  We recently started our next writing contest.  Below is a brief description.  When you are ready to get started click here https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/submissions

Lessons from the Pandemic

Submission Deadline: 08/01/20           Announcement Date: 08/17/20

We may not be out of the woods by a long stretch, but most of us are learning to live with our current reality in new and varied ways.  What are you learning during this time?  What is this experience triggering in your coping abilities, overall outlook in general, and any other insights you may be experiencing?  We would like to read stories that cross the many reactions that people are having; the humorous to the profound and everything in between.

We will again be offering a $100 prize for the best essay and will also recognize the Runner-up and Honorable Mention entries by publishing them online via our website.

Masters List May Deadlines

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and oh boy, has the last month been a deluge! We can only hope that you may have managed to create something beautiful, and that perhaps you might share it with the world through one of these ten remaining contests. Go forth, and be well!

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Masters Review Flash Fiction

The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
Judged by Sherrie Flick!

$3000 Grand Prize
DEADLINE: MAY 31

Our annual Flash Fiction Contest is now open for submissions! We’re looking for your very best stories under 1,000 words—and the winner receives $3000! This year’s contest is judged by the spectacular Sherrie Flick, who will be selecting the finalists from a shortlist chosen by our editors.

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Reid — Learning to Waltz

Anna’s Refuge
by Kerryn Reid

Anna's Refuge

Lewis Aubrey has grown up in the malignant shadow of his brother, Gideon. In London for the first time, with no thought of love, he is beguiled by Miss Anna Spain. Gideon steals her away, and then tosses her aside like a trampled rose. Months later, horrified to learn that Anna carries Gideon’s child, Lewis tracks her down amid the grit of industrial Leeds. He’s desperate to protect her—but can he survive marriage, believing she still yearns for his brother? [more]

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website: kerrynreid.com

Copyediting Services

editingFor several years I have provided copyediting services both privately and through the Peace River Center for Writers.  My fee is much less than the average to make this service available to new authors.  [$10 an hour or $2 per 250-word page (12 pt, double spaced), an average of 5 pages an hour.  $4 per page for manuscripts with a lot of errors.]  I have edited works of poetry, fiction, autobiography, and spirituality.  I use “The Chicago Manual of Style” and the “Cambridge Guide to English Usage” as standard works of reference.  If you need editing, please contact me at prcw@fsw.edu or 941-676-2630.

Madelon Becker
Peace River Center for Writers
at Florida Southwestern State College

Florida Writers AssociationRoyal Palm Literary Awards competition recognizes extraordinary writing in 27 genre-categories for adults and 5 for youth. Categories include fiction and nonfiction, short works and book-length, and poetry, stage plays, and “general catch-all” submissions. All entries receive extensive professional feedback.

Submissions are accepted February 1 through April 30

Joe Pacheco on WGCU Radio

Our local NPR radio station, WGCU broadcast Joe Pacheco’s poem “Love Poem for Leap Day 2020” on Friday, February 28th at 8:45 AM and 4:44 PM. The station has also created a webpage to document and highlight the occasion. Click on the link below to access the page:
https://news.wgcu.org/post/sanibel-poet-joe-pacheco-s-love-poem-leap-day

He will also read the poem at the Sanibel Island Writers Read on Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 PM at Herb Strauss Theater, BIG Arts, Sanibel. If you can, come and share the evening with Joe and his fellow Island writers.