Upcoming Speakers and Events

Location of all events: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall. 7771 Stringfellow Rd. Pine Island.  See link on website for map and directions.
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Southwest Florida Romance Writers of America
The Joyce Henderson Contest 2017

Deadline for Entries: September 15th, 2017

There is a contest requiring a romantic elements/theme with both an agent and editor as final judges. 

Although the contest requires a strong romantic theme, you
do not need to be a member of Romance Writers of America to enter.

It is also open to published authors entering a category they haven't published in for the last 5 years.


Contemporary (including Women’s Fiction)
Editor: Lexi Smail, Grand Central Publishing
Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Editor: Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing
Agent: Julie Gwinn, The Seymour Agency

Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy
Editor: Nancy Schumacher, Melange Books
Agent: Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency

Young Adult
Editor: Jennie Conway, St. Martin’s Press
Agent: Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Romantic Suspense
Editor: Georgia Woods, Hartwood Publishing
Agent: Erin Niumata, Folio Literary Management

Editor: Sandra Barela, Celebrate Lit Publishing
Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Agency

The chance to get your manuscript in front of a top industry editor AND agent!

All winners announced in the Romance Writers Report.

Within each category, winners will receive:
1st place: $50 and a Certificate of Achievement
2nd place: $20 and a Certificate of Achievement
3rd place: Certificate of Achievement

See rules here:


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Gulf Coast Writers Association

It’s that time again! The Gulf Coast Writers Association will be holding our monthly meeting Sept.16, 2017 from 10am to 12pm.  Three-time award winner of the Writer’s Digest contest, Patricia Sheehy, will be sharing techniques for crafting contest worthy essays and articles.  Come out and bring a friend to Zion Lutheran Church, 7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers.  All first time guests are welcome, free of charge.  Need more info?  Call 770-906-7885 or check us out online at gulfwriters.org

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805 Literature and Art Journal

Awaiting Your Masterpiece
Submissions periods:
August 1-October 31, 2017
Volume 4, Issue 1 (January 2018) + Issue 2 (April 2018)
February 1- April 30, 2018
Volume 4, Issue 3 (July 2018) + Issue 4 (October 2018)

We seek writing and art that is unexpected, striking, and moving. We take submissions from debut, emerging, and established authors and artists worldwide. Must be at least 18 years old to submit.
There is no fee to submit. Submit works not published elsewhere in print or online. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it from Submittable. Before submitting, read our publishing agreement. By submitting your work(s), you are agreeing to the outlined terms.

Publishing Agreement

By submitting to 805, you agree to the terms outlined in this document. Authors/artists under 18-years-old must have their legal guardian read and agree to the terms on their behalf.

If you have any questions, contact 805 BEFORE submitting.
Stephanie Katz, Editor-In-Chief
(941) 748-5555 x6313

You agree that:

The work(s) submitted to 805 is original, of your composition, and as of this date unpublished in any format including book, journal, magazine, website, or social media.

You grant 805 first world electronic rights to publish the work(s) online in a digital format. You grant permission for the work(s) to remain indefinitely on 805’s website, the Manatee County Public Library System website, OverDrive ebooks website, social media, and any other digital archive 805 might use.

You acknowledge that 805 gives permission for the issue containing your work(s) to be freely distributed for educational purposes and printed by individuals.

You acknowledge that 805 does not monetarily compensate contributors for theirwork(s). You agree to any and all editorial alterations and abridgments including, but not limited to, re-formatting, grammatical correction, and cropping.

You grant 805 the non-exclusive anthology rights to your work(s) and understandthat the work(s) might be selected for an 805 print anthology. You grant 805 permission to nominate your work(s) for literary and arts prizes and awards, and you understand that such possible nominations may result in your work(s) being published by awards committees and organizations and thus subject to their publication requirements, which are not established within this agreement.

You agree that if your work(s) is published elsewhere after publication in 805, you will cite 805 as the first publisher.

Submit text in standard manuscript format. We accept files in the most common formats including .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .jpeg, .tiff, and .png.

Art + Photography
5 at a time in one submission

Fiction + flash fiction 
1 at a time, max 2,500 words

Creative nonfiction
2 at a time in separate submissions, max 2,500 words each
Comics + Graphic fiction/nonfiction
2 at a time in separate submissions, max 8 pages each

3 at a time in one submission. 

Submit your work

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Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art
Submission Period: Through October 1, 2017

Seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and comics submissions for Volume 12, published in Spring 2018.  Saw Palm will accept submissions via our online submissions manager. We also offer unique publication opportunities on our website, such as “Places To Stand,” our literary map of Florida. This and more can be found here.

Saw Palm is a Florida-themed journal; however we welcome writers and artists from across the country and the globe as long as the work is connected to Florida (via images, people, themes, etc.). We also welcome creative works from Floridians that are not obviously about someplace else. Please check out past issues, available for download as free PDFs.

We accept submissions for 
Places to Stand, interviews, and reviews year-round. We do not accept written work that has been previously published either online or in print. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please indicate simultaneous submissions in a brief cover letter and let us know immediately through Submittable if your work has been accepted elsewhere. The cover letter may also include a brief third-person bio.

Send only one submission at a time per genre. If you have a pending submission, please wait for a response before submitting again. We make every effort to respond as quickly as possible while giving each submission the time it deserves. Our average response time is 3-5 months. After 6 months, you’re welcome to follow up with the appropriate editor.

All submissions must be made electronically through our online submissions manager. 
We do not accept email submissions. Please upload text files in .doc or .docx formats only. Art and comics should be uploaded in .jpeg / .jpg format only. Any paper submissions sent via snail mail will be recycled unread.

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Pine Island Writers

PO Box 266
Matlacha, FL 33993

Board of Directors

Gail C. Berreitter - President
Alice Melzer - Vice President
Christine Prestella- Secretary
Ed Zettle - Treasurer
Kelly O'Sullivan - Member-at-Larg


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Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all the contents in any form is prohibited without the prior written permission of the publisher. You may not store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system. You may print or download to a local hard disk extracts or events for your own personal use. You may not use any, or part of any, poems or writings that are included in this website without the express permission of stated author.

For permission requests, write to the publisher at info@pineislandwriters.org.