West Florida Literary Federation

About Our Organization

We offer programs, workshops, awards, critique sessions, open mics and related activities for members and the public. WFLF sponsors an annual student poetry writing contest, publishes an anthology biannually, and maintains the Dr. Francis P. Cassidy Writers Resource Center in Pensacola Cultural Center.

Publishing Opportunities

West Florida Literary Federation members are encouraged to send work to Lori Zavada, editor, for publication in WFLF’s monthly newsletter. The Legend. WFLF also publishes the biennial anthology, Emerald Coast Review.

Flash Memoir Contest - In Focus

West Florida Literary Federation is asking area residents to think back on their flashpoint moments, pivotal scenes, revealing snapshots in time, and brief-but-oh-so-meaningful encounters and write about them. The nonprofit writers’ organization is sponsoring “In Focus: A Contest for Flash Memoir,” a creative nonfiction contest with cash prizes and an opportunity for publication. To submit your entry, click the button below.


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The Legend

Lori Zavada, Editor of 'The Legend'

Lori Zavada, Editor

WFLF members publish their work and learn about other opportunities for publishing in the monthly newsletter, The Legend.
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Flash Memoir Contest 2022

Think back on your flashpoint moments, your pivotal scenes, the revealing snapshots in time, the short take on a brief but oh-so-meaningful encounter. In no more than 800 words, share the heart of your story, the keepsake take-away, the kernel, the essence. Distill your experience, impact us with its meaning. Submissions open January 1 for West Florida Literary Federation's contest for short, creative nonfiction, In Focus: A Contest for Flash Memoir.

The contest is open to any member of the West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF), Florida Writers Association (FWA), and any resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton or Bay counties (Florida) or Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties (Alabama). There is no entry fee for WFLF members; non-members pay $10, which goes to support programs and projects which promote the literary arts.

First, second and third place will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25. Honorable mentions will receive certificates of merit. Winning memoirs will be published in West Florida Literary Federation’s electronic newsletter, The Legend, which will be emailed to winners and WFLF members. Winners will be announced at the Federation’s annual meeting in Pensacola, Florida, which is scheduled for February 2022.
Luke Wallin, professor of creative writing, former Editor of The Louisville Review, and award-winning author of national acclaim, will serve as a guest judge.

Submissions will be accepted only by the Submittable online submission manager. Submissions open January 1, 2022 and close midnight January 31, 2022. The link to submit will be available in mid-December.

Flash Memoir Contest 2022
West Florida Literary Federation

Our Vision

West Florida Literary Federation brings together writers and area residents who are interested in writing and the literary heritage of West Florida.

Our Mission

As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we seek to promote and nurture literary talent in Northwest Florida through educational programs, writers' workshops, open forums, school poetry competitions, community programs, and publications.

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