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

Inkshares is pleased to announce its first ever all-genre contest which launches November 7th, 2020. The purpose of the contest is to discover debut storytellers with incredible stories. The contest will run the gamut of story-type regardless of length, fact, or fiction.

We’d love to invite your group to join fellow novelists in submitting your partial or finished manuscripts to the Inkshares All-Genre Manuscript Contest, open November 7th through February 28th, 2021. There is no fee to enter the contest. Inkshares will select at least three authors to grant publishing deals (and representation in TV/film, audiobook, and foreign rights). The top three books will be determined through a combination of community engagement, our proprietary technology, Story Machine, and independent evaluation by the Inkshares Story Board.

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)

Vic Larson

Vic Larson

Ask me what I DO and I’ll tell you I’m retired. Ask me what I AM and I’ll say that I’m a writer. I’ve been writing either professionally or as a hobby since college at the University of Illinois where I wrote for the school newspaper. If I could do it all over again I’d pursue a degree in Communications or Journalism.  When I became a writer, and then manager, of a Corporate Writing Services department in the Chicago area I joked when interviewing potential employees that I wouldn’t give myself my old job back with my degree in Medical Technology. As I told my wife the day I got my writing position, “I think I just ruined a perfectly good hobby.” And indeed, writing from nine to five is a job like any other. But I fully understood how difficult it is to make a living as a freelancer or novelist.

After twenty-seven years I left that job and moved to Port Charlotte Florida.  I now write daily, developing posts for two of my own blogs. I also post frequent movie reviews to a third site. I am Webmaster for the Port Charlotte Garden Club and Outreach For World Hope, a non-profit that rescues starving Guatemalan children. I enter contests, write reviews for new or favorite local businesses, and currently have a piece being considered for a podcast at Walt Disney World Magazine. Other than that, I live on a steady diet of rejections and M&Ms. You can find my writing at https://viclarson.blogspot.com, and movie reviews at https://www.vixflixreview.com.