Critique Groups

A critique group can give support and constructive feedback for your writing. It can also keep you writing when you know someone is going to review your work on a certain date. GCWA will try to match you to a group with similar interests. Below is a list of current groups connected with GCWA and some links to online resources. Interested in joining a new critique or reading group? Looking for new members for your critique group? Contact website@gulfwriters.org.

GCWA Affiliated Critique Groups

  • A critique group for creative non-fiction writing is open for a new member. email: Hunter Leake hleake3@gmail.com or Bob McCarthy theb2bwriter@gmail.com.
  • CC Writers Critique Group in Cape Coral is looking for two or three new members. Contact Patty Westbrook: patriciawestbrook@comcast.net.
  • Hurricanes critique group: Genre is fiction and nonfiction—no poetry or script-writing. Meets monthly at the Fairfield Inn and not looking for members at this time.
  • Jeannie Greider’s critique group, The Word Clinic, is looking for one or two more serious writers in fiction/suspense/mystery/action adventure. Contact Jeannie Greider – jagfiction@aol.com.

Pine Island Writers — Pine Island Writers are holding Zoom meetings every Monday at 7 pm. If anyone would like to join us, please have them contact me for the Zoom sign-in. We meet weekly to share our writing with each other and get feedback.
Chai Voris
Chaidylady@gmail.com

Writers Helping Writers (Writers Read) — Punta Gorda critique and support group

MI Writers Critique Group – Marco Island Library – 210 S. Heathwood Dr. – 10 a.m. to noon – The second and fourth Friday of the month 3-6 copies of 4 pages of prose or 1-2 poems.

Links for Critique Groups

Find the Right ONLINE CRITIQUE GROUP For You!
How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You
40 Places to Find a Critique Partner
A Presentation on Critique Groups by Denise Holbrook and Richard Georgian
Florida Region Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

The Southwest Florida Branch of National League of American Pen Women would like to invite published writers to consider joining. Contact Lorraine Walker Williams for more details.

Kaleidoscope — The Year 2020

The year 2020Historians and others make sense of great events through the words of those who lived during those times. During other eras, correspondence via letters to family and loved ones put a human face on otherwise monumental, overwhelming periods.

We are looking to collect women’s voices to chronicle these unprecedented times. We will keep this project open for the next 4 months. Periodically we will put out a prompt that refers to some aspect of what has been occurring and you can use them to stimulate your thinking. You can of course take whatever slant you feel is a significant reflection of what has been occurring and how you, friends, family and others have found ways to cope.

This is a global event so we are hoping to hear from writers around the world.

Submission Deadline: 04/30/21
More information

TCK Poetry Awards

The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website.

TCK Publishing is recognizing poetry writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite you to join the 2021 TCK Publishing Poetry Contest.

How the Contest Works

Any writer (regardless of who your publisher is or if your work has been previously published) may submit up to five poems totaling no more than 500 words for an entry fee of $5.

Submissions will close on March 31, 2021.

More information here

2020/1 — Irene Smith

 

GCWAGulf Coast Writers Association, Inc
PRESIDENT’S LETTER

For 25 years the Gulf Coast Writers Association has set the standard for writers and aspiring writers. Our monthly meetings provide opportunities to network with people in the various stages of writing, including many well-established authors and publishers. Our guest speakers have been phenomenal.

This past year has been a financial challenge. Only 43 members paid their dues for 2020, creating a deficit of $2,056. In spite of that, until October we held on-site meetings for which we had to pay rent. October and November were conducted via Zoom. We did not charge for these meetings, but we cannot continue along this line for next year.

I expect to find a venue for holding onsite meetings and include Zoom at all of the meetings. However, there will be a charge. Annual dues for 2021 is still only $40. That equals out to $3.60 per month! Members in good standing will not be charged extra. Dues need to be paid before the end of January. You can mail your payment to P. O. Box 60771, Fort Myers, Fl., 33906, or on PayPal, https://gulfwriters.org/join-us/

A fee for guests on Zoom will not be established until we confirm what our costs will be. There is a limit on how many people can tune in to these meetings. Members (paid for 2021) will come first. Registration will be online at www.gulfwriters.org.

Zoom is a wonderful option for people with physical or medical conditions that limit their ability to leave home. In addition, people residing anywhere can attend the Zoom meetings.

If you didn’t tune in to either of our last two meetings this is what you missed:
October: Rebecca Seitz and her cast and crew, specialize in producing professional podcasts. One hundred million people listen to podcasts. She can review your book to see if it could become a money-producing podcast.

November: April O’Leary of O-Leary Productions, and her team provide a one-stop shop for all your book publishing requirements: editing, book design, illustrating, marketing, etc. We ran overtime on this one!

Both of these vibrant and talented professionals are local and have fabulous websites. Check our website for more information. https://gulfwriters.org/home-new/speakers-2/

In my next issue we hope to have information on workshops or seminars. These services will cost extra; they always have. But the events are always worth more than you will ever have to pay for them.

Again, because we will be doing Zoom, it is well worth the cost of membership to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunity to make you the successful author you deserve to be.

Irene Smith, President
Gulf Coast Writers Association

aesthetica

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 15th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Shortlisted writers (20 fiction, 40 poetry) are awarded with publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology as well as online listing and inclusion in our press materials.

Two main winners are selected – one for poetry and one for fiction – each awarded with £2,500 as well as publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology and further awards with our partner organisations.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Entry Fee:  Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18)
Entries open until 31 August 2021.
Submissions are organised through our Submittable Platform.
POETRY SUBMISSION   FICTION SUBMISSION

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition. Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.
The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees:
Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per story
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per story

More information

Southwest Florida Reading Festival

The Southwest Florida Reading Festival is a free annual event celebrating the power of reading for over 20 years in the Fort Myers community. The festival features bestselling authors and a variety of activities for all ages.

Mar 01, 2021 – Mar 13, 2021 (virtual)
Fort Myers, FL 33901 

The 2021 SWFL Reading Festival will offer a new, completely online opportunity for local authors to showcase their work in our Virtual Vendor Marketplace. The online festival will feature virtual components throughout March 2021, with the heart of the digital programming and author presentations taking place from March 1 – 13. The event website will have a soft launch the week of February 22 to familiarize vendors/attendees with the new, online platform.

Registration Information:
2021 SWFL Reading Festival Virtual Vendor Marketplace

Writers Against Covid-19

We’re open for submissions

Now that the UK’s gone into a second lockdown we’re open again for submissions. Please send us your stories and poems to help the lonely and isolated through this difficult time.

·        Up to 2,000 words

·        No mention of the virus

Please see the submission guidelines at http://www.writerscircle.net/submissions.html

GCWA November Zoom meeting

November 2020

Zoom meeting. Directions to follow.

Speaker: April O’Leary
Topic: What Publishing Path is Perfect for You?

April O

Decades ago aspiring authors had only two options secure a traditional publishing deal, or if you couldn’t get one, publish your work yourself for a small fortune. Fortunately, writers have many more publishing paths available to traverse today that include various levels of difficulty. In this presentation, April O’Leary, founder of O’Leary Publishing, will discuss the pros and cons of each path including the amount of time and technology skills required for the author, the upfront cost, the opportunities for distribution and ownership of your work. You’ll walk away with a clear trail guide to help you publish your book with success. See you at the top!

About April
April O’Leary is the founder of O’Leary Publishing, a hybrid book publishing company that serves independent authors who want a book to grow their brand, share a message or build a community. She is the author of six books and the host of the I’m Booked podcast. For more information you can visit www.olearypublishing.com and download The Influencer’s Path to Successful Publishing free today.

Meeting: November 21, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (Zoom meeting)