GCWA 2023 Writing Contest

GCWA 2023 Writing Contest will open November 15, 2022

Best Writing Contests of 2022, recommended by Reedsy

Deadline: 11:59pm on January 31, 2023

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 2023.

 


Documentation for 2023 Contest (adults 18 and over)

Writing Contest Announcement 2023

Writing Contest Guidelines 2023

Online Submission Form

Documentation for 2023 Youth Writing Contest (age 11 through 17)

Youth Writing Contest Announcement 2023

Youth Writing Contest Guidelines 2023

Online Submission Form


If you have questions please email specialprojects@gulfwriters.org


Sponsor or Donate to keep this contest Free for Youth entrants. Contact specialprojects@gulfwriters.org


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.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

 

 

 

President’s Letter for November 2022

Four hundred years ago, on November 11, 1620, the Pilgrims suffered through a 66-day journey filled with severe storms and loss of many lives before they landed in America.  Their main issue was finding bare necessities, such as shelter, safety, and food.  Many were severely ill, but at that point, there was no turning back.  They were eternally grateful for their lives and determined that they would live.  There was no government in place to help, like it is today, so they had to do whatever it took, by any means necessary, to survive, and survived they did!

The storm has brought on unforeseen circumstances for most, if not all of us.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we will certainly be thankful, but it will not likely be celebrated the traditional way for many of us.  However, just like the Pilgrims, together, we will stand strong and make do..  Most of our lives have been turned upside-down and it is difficult, some days, to find things to be thankful about.  One thing we can be thankful for is our beautiful, sunny weather because it could definitely be a lot worse.  Imagine trying to recover from this tragic storm while, at the same time, being forced to deal with and suffer through horrific cold weather with snow like other states?

We regretfully apologize that we have to cancel the November Membership Meeting.  Most of our officers and an untold number of our members and neighbors are simply not physically, mentally, or emotionally ready to meet.  Even our speakers have postponed.

We believe 2023 will be a better year; therefore, we are planning to hold our first meeting of the year on January 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. – Noon at Word of Life Church in Fort Myers and also on Zoom.  If you are attending via zoom, please sign up for the program.  Honestly,  we believe you will enjoy the program more if you are physically present.  The opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of other members is extremely uplifting and encouraging during these discouraging times.

Location: Map
Word of Life Church

6111 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Note: Google maps or your GPS may direct you to the back of the building.  The entrance to the parking lot is on South Point Blvd. between Quigley Eye Specialists and Buckets Restaurant.

Details for the 2023 Gulf Coast Writers Contest will follow in the December Newsletter.  We are excited to inform you that we are considering joining the Reading Festival again this year; that info will be added to the December newsletter as well.

Have a Miracle story to tell us relating to Ian?  We are hoping to get a collection of stories to share on the GCWA website and possibly on another type of platform, such as presenting the stories at the monthly meetings.  We are in the process of collaborating about the details..  If interested, please send your story to:  President@gulfwriters.org.

May God bless and keep all of you safe and sound.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.

Irene Smith, President
Gulf Coast Writers Association

Affiliate Groups

Marco Island Writers

GCWA and Marco Island Writers enjoy a reciprocal membership
agreement allowing members of either organization the membership
privileges of the other.

Their web site can be found at: Marco Island Writers

See their Marco Island Newsletter

GCWA and Peace River center for Writers enjoy a reciprocal membership agreement allowing members of either organization the membership privileges of the other.

Their web site can be found @ http://peaceriverwriters.weebly.com/.
A more current Facebook page is @ https://www.facebook.com/peaceriverwriters/

The St. Lawrence Book Award

St. Lawrence book award

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished first collection of poetry or prose. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length manuscript in any genre. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

DEADLINE: AUGUST 31

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

Executive Committee

(1 Year Term)

Corporate Board

(3 Year Term)

Judy Loose

Judy Loose

Board (term ends 2019)

jcloose@looselinks.com
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Gianni Franco

Gianni Franco

Treasurer

Arlyn Euken

Arlyn Euken

Secretary

Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson

Board (term ends 2020)

normsson@yahoo.com
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Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Membership (co-chair)

Laura Nonemaker

Laura Nonemaker

Membership (co-chair)

Jan Nieman

Jan Nieman

Board (term ends 2021)

jannieman@comcast.net
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Sloan Jordan

Sloan Jordan

Special Projects

Don Cappelli

Don Cappelli

Board (term ends 2021)

doncappelli@hotmail.com

Mike Cole

Mike Cole

Website Manager

Al York

Al York

Officer at Large

Our Volunteers are how we operate

Being on the Board or Executive Committee is extremely important to our association. Since we are a volunteer based, 501c3, the only way we can maintain the operation is through our member’s continuous donation of time.

We realize not everyone can give in this way all the time, and thus we have one-year terms for most of our officers. The Board meets four times per year outside of our general meetings, and the Executive Committee meets eleven times. Giving of just one year is all that is asked, and who knows, you may find you enjoy it and want to offer more.  Each term begins on April 1st.