Short Story Competition – up to 3000 words. Poetry Competition – up to 40 lines on any theme.
TBC is a non-profit group, all net proceeds going to Schoolreaders, Bedford, to help children ‘catch up’ and CHUMS a charity supporting mental health.
Short story judge, Tim Jarvis. Poetry judge, Jessica Mookherjee.
Prizes: £1000, £200 and £100
All entries go into the main competitions but if you are aged 17 to 25 or are a Bedford resident you qualify for extra prizes as well.
Entry fee: £7.50 or 3 for £15. Students, £5 or 3 for £10.
Closing date: 31 October 2022
Speaker: Susan Grunin
Topic: Hybrid Publishing
June 18, 2022, 10 a.m. to Noon
The presentation will look at Using a Hybrid Publisher including:
- Defining a Hybrid Publishing Company
- The Three Models of Hybrid Publishers
- Key to Understanding the Differences between a Hybrid Publisher and a Vanity Press
- Ways to Tell is a Hybrid Publisher is Legit
- 8 Signs Your Publisher is a Scam
- The Guidelines for Recognizing a Legit Hybrid Publisher from the Independent Book Publishers Association (2018)
- What type of Author is Most Likely to Benefit from a Hybrid Publisher
- Deciding Whether to Use a Hybrid Publisher – It Isn’t for Everyone!
Susan’s sample Author Page. Make your own Author Page and bring to the next meeting.
Susan’s PowerPoint presentation
Dr. Susan K. Grunin is a retired college professor, who taught for over 2 decades for the University of Virginia (UVA) and a number of other colleges and universities. Dr. Grunin also authored a text book for the University of Virginia Graduate School. She is a retired Executive who has been an Executive Coach, a CEO, a Human Capital Consultant and who also worked for the Federal Government, where she served in various positions for the Federal Courts, including over 20 years as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer.
Susan is currently a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of SW Florida and is writing a series of children’s books, Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit.
More about Susan
The 2022 SleuthFest mystery writing conference is sponsored by The Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and is back in person this year from July 7-10.
SleuthFest 2022 registration is open now.
- Guest of Honor: MWA Grand Master Jeffery Deaver
- Award-winning writing and forensic faculty: Tracy Clark, Tori Eldridge, & Royce Wilson
- Agent and editor strategy and pitch sessions
- Freddie’s Noir at the Bar on Thursday
- Guest of Honor Gala on Friday
- Fla-Mingle Cocktail Party on Saturday
- Sharks vs Flamingos on Sunday
- More than 30 workshops, presentations and panels from Friday to Sunday.
Mr. McFarlane finished a 34-year federal career in 2015. He resides in Millville, DE with his wife, Karen; their two adult sons live in Maryland. He writes memoir, fictional mysteries and enjoys family history research. He facilitates weekly FreeWrites for two other writing groups and plans to offer these to GCWA members.
24-Hour Playwriting Project 2022: Jazz Era Cabaret
Oct 22, 2022 8:00 PM
That perennial favorite bucket list event known as The 24-Hour Playwriting project is back for Season 14! The theme for this season, usually a well-guarded secret, is Jazz-Era Cabaret. Directed and coordinated by Char Loomis, playwrights will be assigned a theme, a director, and actors. Within just 24 hours, you will see the fruits of their labor when we present all of their short plays to be judged by a panel of area theater and arts professionals. A hugely popular event!
One-performance only – October 22 at 8 pm.
Playwrights will receive themes and instructions at 8pm on Friday night. They’ll write all night long and then work with directors and actors to produce their work for your enjoyment on Saturday night, starting at 8pm.
Part of your Season Pass! Or purchase tickets for event — $20.
A hugely-popular event – book your seats as soon as possible. Seating is very limited.
The Laboratory Theater of Florida (View)
1634 Woodford Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Speaker: DJ Kristoff
Topic: Writing with a message for young people
May 21, 2022, 10 a.m. to Noon
Fiction in a Nonfiction World – The Evolution of An Author
How dinosaurs, Harry Potter, and Jack Canfield changed this writer’s course of history. It’s a major feat to write a book; it’s a whole other adventure to market it.D.J. Kristoff presents her journey from an award-winning science teacher digging dinosaurs in Montana to being inspired by the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios to writing her first book and having Jack Canfield, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, show her how to market it.
Kristoff offers her insights on how to write for middle-grade kids based on her world travels and real-life experiences that she brought back into the classroom. “Writing my book was an adventure in itself as I followed the threads of the storyline and researched my new discoveries.”
Other topics include writing with a message, marketing, and making your story relevant in a nonfiction world to sell more than books.
Currently living in Fort Myers, Florida, DJ Kristoff began her education career teaching eighth-grade science in Tempe, Arizona. There she founded and directed the Students for Environmental Awareness Club. Kristoff guided as many as 50 adventurous eighth graders hiking and backpacking into the deserts and wildernesses of Arizona and Utah, teaching geology, biology, anthropology, paleontology, and ethnobotany. Now, as a children’s author, she inspires middle-grade students to love nature and science with her magical books.
GCWA Contest Winners — 2022
Fiction/Children’s Stories (these categories were combined and judged together according to our guidelines, due to the low number of entries in each.
1st — Leah Miller — Terror in December (Children’s Stories)
2nd — Mary Charles — Counterculture ( Fiction)
3rd — Nancy Leake — Susie Spider Looks for a Friend (Children’s Stories)
1st — Deborah Burghardt — Dream Your Ink
2nd — Diane Parnell — A Slip of the Scalpel
3rd — Sally Basmajian — The Field
1st — Megan Dalziel — Maritime Muse
2nd — Debbie Watz — Bayou Sunset
3rd — Paul Anthony — Minimum Wage-Brianna
1st — Nishini Fernando — Life is for the Living
2nd — Ryan Lee — A Soldier During the Great War
3rd — Keven Lacayo — Death
Online Tools for Checking your Writing
— grammar, style, plagerism, etc.
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Closing date: September 30
Entry fee: $20 for up to 3 poems
Prizes: Tom Howard Prize – $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre;
Margaret Reid Prize – $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
The two top winners also receive a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope. Ten $200 Honorable Mentions in any style. All winning poems published on winningwriters.com
Line count: Up to 250 lines per poem
has been providing free writers’ resources for over twenty years. This year, our contests will award $36,250 to writers. We are partnered with the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a designation for “contests which are organized for the benefit of the author rather than the profit of the organizer”.