Tim Jordan

Tim JordanTim Jordan grew up in Essex, England, surrounded by a loving family where science and fantasy were always part of their evenings and games. His passion for fantasy and fossils led to an early love of Tolkien and a childhood spent with his head stuck firmly in the clouds, inventing stories and fantastical worlds.

Physically, Tim is now an adult living in Florida with his wonderful wife, but he remains an avid science fiction fan and futurologist who explores transhumanism through the lens of science and fantasy. When not working or writing, Tim enjoys playing the guitar, building robots and creating artificially intelligent computer programs.

His debut novel, Glow, is the result of what happens when you toss a deep love of dogs and a fascination with robots into the blender of an overactive imagination.

www.timothy-jordan.com

Tim’s books

 

GCWA March 2021 Meeting

March Zoom Meeting — Registration to follow

D.L. Havlin

Speaker: D. L. Havlin
Topic: Open Minds — Open Books

March 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Zoom meeting

DL Havlin is an eclectic author whose novels, novellas, and short stories mirror his rich, varied background. He has packed three lifetimes of experiences into one brim full existence. He believes, “The one big advantage writing at an advanced age provides is that life is what you know and not what you project it might be.”

www.DLHavlin.com

Past Speakers

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2021 registration is now open!

WD annual conference

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference 2021 registration is now open! 

The Writer’s Digest Annual ConferenceJuly 22 – 25, 2021 in New York City—is your chance to acknowledge the importance of writing in your life. And whether writing is your passion or profession, a trip to the conference is a perfect—and purposeful—affirmation of your goals as you begin the New Year. 

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is hopeful we will be able to meet in-person this July. There is still a lot of COVID-related uncertainty in 2021 and WD wants to take the proper steps to ensure all of our speakers, attendees, exhibitors, and staff are as safe as possible. In addition to planning a virtual back-up plan, we will extend the same flexible cancellation policy for 2021 as we did in 2020, allowing attendees to cancel, if needed, once they’ve registered for a full refund. We are monitoring vaccination rates and state/federal travel guidelines very closely and will post updates on our website and via email. 

Until then, registration is now open and we are working on some exciting programming for 2021! Be on the lookout for announcements starting in February and in the months to followRegister today for the best price. 

 

WD Self-Published Book Awards

Publish Your Book, Enter Our Competition, Launch Your Career.

ENTER NOW!  Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards is currently accepting submissions. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published books.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2021

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 29th annual self-published competition—the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

Writer’s Digest Competition

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Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for 90 years. Enter our 90th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen.

Click here to SUBMIT

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New York Book Festival

new york book festivalThe 2021 New York Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world’s publishing capital.

The 2021 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction/horror, photography/art, spiritual, business, romance, cookbooks,, compilations/anthologies and biography/autobiography works.

A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:

  1. The story-telling ability of the author.
  2. The potential of the work to win wider recognition.

Entries can be in English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after January 1, 2017. Our grand prize for the 2021 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee for our annual awards program.

Deadline: June 25, 2021

More information

Free Event: An Evening with Florida writer, naturalist and activist Susan Cerulean, March 4, 7 PM

In honor of Women’s History Month, The Sandhill Writers Retreat and Saint Leo University’s Department of Language Studies and the Arts and Department of Mathematics and Science proudly present an evening with Florida writer, naturalist and activist Susan Cerulean.

Cerulean is the author of Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change, which won a Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction in 2016. Her nature memoir, Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites was named Editors’ Choice by Audubon magazine. Her newest work, I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir, was published in summer 2020 by the University of Georgia Press. It has been shortlisted for the Sarton Award.

Cerulean edited the anthologies Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf; Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida’s Coast and The Book of the Everglades. She divides her time between Tallahassee and Indian Pass with her husband, oceanographer and climate scientist, Dr. Jeffrey Chanton.

Cerulean will read from her work and take questions on Zoom on Thursday, March 4, starting at 7 PM. Gianna Russo, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Sandhill Writers Retreat, and Dr. Christopher Miller, Professor of Ecology and Biology, will cohost.

I Have Been Assigned the Single Bird: A Daughter’s Memoir may be purchased from Tampa Bay’s independent bookstore Tombolo Books.  Shipping and pickup are available.  Orders may be placed by visiting the website https://tombolobooks.com/ or by calling 727-755-9456.

The event is free and open to the public.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://saintleo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpdu-tqj0uGt1jc6b8Zb7wDgMORVpQ_6Ru

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For questions or more information contact Megan Case
Administrator of Events and Special Programs
megan.case@saintleo.edu
or
Gianna Russo
gianna.russo@saintleo.edu

Gianna Russo
Editor-in-Chief, Sandhill Review
Director, Sandhill Writers Retreat

Contest for Writers

A New Contest For Writers, “2021 – The Worst Opening Line to a Novel About Retirement”

Sponsored by Mike Keenan, “The Retirement Coach.”

Like the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, the inspiration for this contest, this is the ideal contest for poor writing, as we seek the worst opening imaginable in one sentence to a novel about retirement. There’s no entrance fee and no limit to the amount of times you enter.

Make your opening worse than the examples that follow, and you have a decent chance of winning.

  1. A)Long opening example –

“Sheldon approached the menacing, pot-holed road to retirement like a perplexed motorist for the first time entering a roundabout in a foreign country, quickly slowing his previously-owned, rust-stained, fender-battered, oil-leaking Chevy, while wondering sideways if his financial planner was indeed truthful, worried his wife’s penchant for expensive travel might rapidly deplete his coveted nest-egg, suddenly consumed with the thought of economic safety measures as a large, interloping truck carrying cattle moved aggressively into his lane, blocking the view of his egress such that he was forced to spin around in complete circles several times like those difficult gravitational tests that apprentice astronauts are forced to endure before regaining equilibrium as well as the desire to press on despite incessant warnings by jealous colleagues that he might have pulled the retirement plug too soon like an anxious adolescent male experiencing his first sexual encounter with a well-practiced older woman, and pondering if he should have engaged in that regretful once-only affair with his secretary, who certainly proved that she was far more adept than a mere typist, able with her talented tiny digits to massage far more than mere words in that ill-advised tryst at Motel 69, too close to the highway, the incessant traffic noise almost as loud as his shocking groans of pleasure on that fateful night.”

  1. B)Shorter example

“Retirement loomed on the horizon, and quite anxious, Donald entertained mixed feelings about how it might suddenly penetrate his life like Dr. Carlson today, casually putting on a plastic glove and forcefully inserting his fingers far too deep in search of an enlarged prostate as Donald lay pensively on that very table where Carlson had performed a vasectomy on the other side of his body, seemingly so long ago when he was young and virile.”

Email entries to The Retirement Coach at mjk6648@gmail.com

Please include your name and mailing address.

The winner receives a suitable prize along with inclusion in a podcast, three dailies and one weekly that publish “The Retirement Coach,” as well as multiple Facebook pages along with the adulation of the writing community.

The 2021 Hudson Prize

The Hudson Prize is now open for submissions!

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes awarded on publication.

Hindsight — Stories About 2020

hindsightWhat’s your 2020 story?

Hindsight is a collection of stories about 2020, written by people just like you. We’re seeking nonfiction stories from around the world that capture what it was like to wake up every day to a new normal — whether that means navigating emergencies as a first responder or tying the knot over Zoom. We’re particularly interested in material that gets up close and personal with the struggles of 2020, rather than headlines or commentary on current events.

Hindsight is an independent, one-time publication. Content will be made available in two forms: Some stories will be shared on our website; the very best submissions will be compiled into a print anthology, which will be published in 2021.

Submission fee: None

Length: Up to 2,000 words

Deadline: Rolling

Compensation: Writers whose work is selected for the print anthology will receive a complimentary hard copy of the book, as well as a digital file.

To learn more, please visit our website: www.hindsightbook2020.com.