The Elephant

“Stories You’ll Never Forget”

the elephantJoin the showcase of oral storytelling performances. We breath new life into this ancient art of one person sharing a story with another. Tellers tell their tantalizing tales. This is HUGE! Unforgettable! Captivating and fun! Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table. Emcee: Dr. Joel Ying

Naples, Florida

The Elephant 5: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Monday, April 6, 2020
7pm – 9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Hall), 701 5th Ave South, Naples, FL 34102
Tickets: $20
Box Office: 239-263-7990

WOW! is proud to introduce our newest essay contest! The mission of this contest is to inspire creative nonfiction and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. We are open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative and let’s have some fun! We look forward to reading your work!


Maximum: 1000
Minimum: 200

$12 entry fee; critique option for an additional $13. Deadline: January 31, 2020

Open MicThe Spoken Word Open Mic
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Spoken Word Open Mic returns to the Sanibel BIG Arts Strauss Theatre, 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957.

Please come to help usher in the second decade of the 21st century of our Second Decade Open Mic…

If you wish to participate, please come early and sign our reader list.
(Door Opens at 7:00…have a glass of wine!)

For for info call Joe Pacheco, M.C.    472-1280



Do you love writing fiction? Poetry? Fanfiction? Short stories, novels, or essays?  Then join other interested writers for a writing session followed by a chance to share your work for feedback!  (Sharing your work is optional).  You are encouraged to bring your own supplies.  Registration is not required, but space is limited.

Conference Room B (NF)
Saturday, January 25th, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm

North Fort Myers Library
2001 N Tamiami Trail
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Northern Lights Book Awards

The Northern Lights Book Awards – A Mark of Distinction Honoring Children’s Literature of Exceptional Merit.

The NLBA considers children’s books to be an art form and honors books that excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency. The NLBA are seeking works that will leave a lasting impression, ones which will resonate with the reader not only now but in years to come. We are especially interested in books that are enriching, uplifting, and promote goodwill.

$65 per category

Deadline is September 30, 2020.

InkittWriting Contests & Writing Competitions: The Definitive Guide

A comprehensive and regularly updated list of writing contests in 2019. Whether you are an aspiring or established author, here you will find a complete list of short story, novel, poetry, books and essay competitions where you can submit your fiction and non-fiction masterpieces for the chance to win great prizes and receive notoriety for your work.

GCWA 2020 Writing Contest



Gulf Coast Writers Association 2020 writing contest opens October 1, 2019.
Writing Contest is open to GCWA members and the public — adults 18 and over, youth 11 to 17

writing contestPrizes by Category — Fiction, NonFiction, Poetry, and Children’s Stories

FIRST PRIZE ($100 cash)
SECOND PRIZE ($50 cash)
THIRD PRIZE ($25 cash)

 Deadline:  Postmarked by January 31, 2020

For entry forms, guidelines, announcement, and more go to