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2015 Contest Rules. Download Guidelines and entry forms.

CALLING ALL WRITERS AND POETS!

Gulf Coast Writers Association 2015 Writing Contest
FOR BEST FICTION, NONFICTION, POETRY, AND CHILDREN'S
July 1 through December 31, 2013

AWARDS OF 100 DOLLARS OR MORE IN EACH CATEGORY

Once again, the Gulf Coast Writers Association takes great pleasure in encouraging writers from Southwest Florida to enter the Gulf Writers Association Writing Contest. Original works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be awarded prizes of 100, 50 and 25 dollars for first, second and third place in each category. The contest is open to members and non-members.

Fiction and nonfiction works (adult and children's) must be no more than 1500 words. Poetry is limited to 40 lines or less.

The contest will be open for submissions on October 1, 2014 and deadline for submissions is December 31, 2014. Winners must be present to receive their awards at the March 21, 2015 meeting.

The contest will help GCWA fulfill its goal of assisting Southwest Florida writers to stimulate and improve their skills. GCWA expects a high level of contest participation.

The following are links to download the pdf files for entry, guidelines and judging criteria.

Entry form (pdf)
Guidelines only (pdf)
Announcement (pdf)

Judging Criteria:

Fiction–adult or children's (pdf)
Nonfiction–adult or children's (pdf)
Poetry (pdf)

Formatting Tips (Complete Set)

Formatting for MS Word 2007/2010/2013
Formatting for MS Word 200/2003
Formatting for Pages for MAC
Formatting for WordPerfect

For further information, e-mail Alice Oldford at aoldford@yahoo.com

 


Gulf Coast Writers Association 2014 Writing Contest Winners
FOR BEST FICTION, NONFICTION, AND POETRY

Fiction:

First Place - Kathy Boyd, "Bearer of Gifts"
Second Place - Ruben Colon, "Without a Trace"
Third Place - Renny Severance, "Next"

Non-fiction:

First Place - Suzanne Richardson, "The Blue Hot Dog Lizard"
Second Place - Ronnie Walter, "The Summer Shill"
Third Place - Bob McCarthy, "That Four Barrel Summer"

Poetry:

First Place - Kara Moyer, "Ode to New Orleans"
Second Place - Jim Gustafson, "When I Remember Venice"
Third Place - Jan Marin Tramontano, "Matrushka Dolls"

The winners were published in the Ft. Myers Magazine summer edition.

2013 contest winners and their entries.

2012 contest winners and their entries.

2011 contest winners and entries for you to read.

2010 contest winners and their entries.