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12Nov

2021 Youth Poetry Contest

The West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) cares about the students of Northwest Florida, and along with their teachers, encourages them to participate in our 2021 youth poetry contest titled “Unmuted Voices.”

This year we are offering middle and high school students three writing choices that will empower their creativity, let them share their voices, and contribute to their language development. Students can select one of these themes for their poems:

Hope and Healing
Changes and Challenges
Mirrors/Windows/Views


As many WFLF members are current or former teachers, we want to ease the participation of classroom teachers by providing a videotaped lesson that they can use to introduce this contest and help students begin their poems. This lesson will complement the literary arts curriculum and help students achieve the Florida standards for writing skills.

Prizes will be awarded, and an awards ceremony will be held in April for National Poetry Month.

Please click here for a downloadable entry form.

Classroom teachers, please contact Karen Morris at [email protected] if you wish to receive the video.

WFLF’s Youth Poetry Contest Committee
Charline Barger
Mandy Fernandez
Marc Livanos
Claire Massey
Karen Morris
Lisa Rawson
Jeannie Zokan

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

2021 Unmuted Voices Youth Poetry Contest

Where can I find an entry form for my student?
The 2021 entry form can be found here.

What are this year’s themes?
Hope and Healing, Changes and Challenges, Mirrors/Windows/Views

Who can participate?
All public, private, or home-schooled Escambia and Santa Rosa County students in grades 6-12.

What prizes will be awarded?
First place ($50), second place ($30) and third place ($15), and up to 5 honorable mentions will be awarded in two categories: high school and middle school. An Awards Ceremony/Poetry Reading for winning poets, their families, and their friends will be held in April, National Poetry Month.

What are the criteria for judging?
How well your poem:    

    …is original, a product of your own experience, observations, and world    
    …shows evidence of poetic elements
    …uses vivid, sensory language and imagery
    …uses correct grammar and spelling
     …adheres to the theme
    …is one page or less
    …has overall effectiveness and impact

When is the entry deadline?  
Your poem and contest entry form must be received by Monday, March 1, 2021.

If I have questions, is there someone I can contact?
Lisa Rawson (850 982-8736 or at [email protected])


2021 Youth Poetry Contest

Past Events

01Nov

Poem-a-Day November 2020

Join us as we celebrate our new Poet Laureate and poetry!
HOST: Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida, Katherine Nelson-Born
EVENT: Poem-a-Day chapbook contest
DATE: November 1-30, 2020
WHERE: WFLF Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/342772690119235/
WFLF and the NEW Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida invite YOU to participate in the NOVEMBER 2020 POEM-A-DAY (PAD) CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE.
Winning chapbook gets 2021 publication, with five free author copies and $100 prize!
NOVEMBER 1-30, 2020, WFLF posts each morning on its Facebook page and Twitter a daily poetry prompt for your writing pleasure.
ANYONE ANYWHERE can participate in the PAD, no registration required, but original work only please!
STAY TUNED for submission guidelines at the end of November for how to submit your manuscript of 20-30 pages accompanied by a reading fee of $15 for your chance to win!
Winner announced January 2021 at WFLF’s 3rd Tuesday Open Mic celebrating 100 days of the new Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida and YOUR new chapbook!
Chapbook Final Judge is newly appointed Northwest Poet Laureate Katherine Nelson-Born. Contest is limited to first 50 submissions.

Poem-a-Day November 2020
28Feb

Annual Membership Meeting 2020

The West Florida Literary Federation will hold its annual membership meeting on February 28, 2020, from 5:30-9:00 pm at the Studer Community Institute’s community room and atrium located at 220 W Garden St #100, Pensacola, FL 32502. The meeting is open to all members and their guests. Main entrees, sides, salad, and beverages will be provided by WFLF. Members may volunteer to bring snacks and desserts by signing up at the February 18 Open Mic or by emailing Bob Holmes at [email protected] During the meeting you may sign up for membership and pay your annual dues by check, cash, or credit card.

Annual Membership Meeting 2020
09Nov

Pensacola Writing and Book Festival

FREE! Calling all novice or published writers and book lovers of all ages. Learn tips from 10 published authors on how to start writing, publish your novel, memoir, romance, thriller and more. Kids’ Korner with puppets and fantasy dragons. Keynote speaker New York Times best-selling author Lenora Worth. “Write Funny Stuff” with PNJ editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette. Special panel of military veteran authors. Sign up to pitch your draft book to WordCrafts Press for possible publication. And much more! For more info, visit www.wflf.org and www.gulfcoastauthor.com.

Tickets

Pre-register for FREE tickets here

Event Schedule

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Vendors Atrium – Registration; Sign up for free books and door prizes (must be present to win)

9:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Vendors Atrium – Meet the Authors book sales & signing

9:45 -10:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Welcome by ED STANFORD, President, West Florida Literary Federation; SUSAN LEWIS, President, Gulf Coast Authors

10:00-11:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Romancing the Word: Writing Romance Novels LENORA WORTH, New York Times & USA Today best-selling author. Worth has written more than 80 books, with more than 3 million in print. Titles include, Deep Undercover, Survival Mission, Closing the Deal and Christmas Rescue. She is also a 2019 Romance Writers of America RITA© Award finalist.

11:15-12:15 p.m. – Conference Room – So You Want to Write — How to Begin: Creating Writing Spaces, Outlines, Writing Page One; LARRY WILLIAMSON, author of Tallapoosa and Muskogi Sunset: The Second Creek War of 1836, and Auburn University Professional & Continuing Ed novel-writing  instructor

12:15 -1:00 p.m. – Vendor Atrium – Lunch (available for purchase)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Conference Room – So You’ve Written Your Story: Now What? How to Edit, Publish & Copyright Your Book MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press editor & acquiring publisher; the publisher’s perspective; PAULA K. PARKER,  playwright/author/freelance writer of over 1000 articles, plays, novels, non-fiction and more; agent query letters and publishing from an author’s perspective;  M.M. Le BLANC, JD, 7-time award-winning author/screenwriter of 14 books; copyrights

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Conference Room – Honoring Our Veterans in Books: Thrillers, Memoirs, Mysteries and Inspirational Personal Development MICHAEL BYARS LEWIS, Amazon #1 International Best-selling  Author, 2016 Military Writer’s Society of America Thriller SILVER MEDAL WINNER and former USAF Special Ops; RACHEL COGGINS, author of Gateway to Iraq: A Chaplain’s Story and former U.S. Army Chaplain; JANICE RYAN HALL, author of 7 books and 3 awards, and a veteran of a 23-year U.S. Army career; GARY WESTFAL, Amazon # 1 Best-selling novelist, life skills coach, former air traffic controller and USAF veteran.


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
– Conference Room – Lions & Tigers & Humor, Oh My! How to Write Funny Stuff!; ANDY MARLETTE, Pensacola News Journal editorial cartoonist, journalist and author

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Conference Room – Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)

WRITERS! Pitch your Manuscripts. MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press Acquiring Publisher, will take 5-minute pitches from writers with manuscripts about the possibility of publishing your book (first come, first served)!

KIDS KORNER ACTIVITIES (all in Atrium Lobby)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome by LISA RAWSON, West Florida Literary Federation Board Member

10:00-11:00 a.m.Children’s Puppet Storytelling Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”

11:15-12:15 p.m. Children’s Collage and Story Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.How to Write Fantasy Stories: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part I (ages 10-17); VICKI SHANKWITZ, author of the Dragon Master Series

2:15 – 2:55 p.m.Illustrating Dragons & Other Fantastic Creatures: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part II: (ages 10-17); ROBERT SHANKWITZ III, Dragon Master Series illustrator

2:55 – 3:00 p.m.Kids’ Korner Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)

Email for more info: [email protected]

Visit: wflf.org or gulfcoastauthor.com

Pensacola Writing and Book Festival
08Nov

Joshilyn Jackson Workshop Tickets

Tickets for the Joshilyn Jackson Workshop will be available Thursday, September 12, on the website of Eventbrite, the event and ticket management service. Ticket prices are $25 for members of the West Florida Literary Federation and $45 for non-members. The workshop will be held on November 8, 2019, at the Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden Street, Pensacola and is limited to 40 participants. Purchase your tickets here: Joshilyn Jackson Workshop Tickets

Ms. Jackson’s latest book, Never Have I Ever, is available at local bookstores and online.

Joshilyn Jackson Workshop Tickets
20Aug

Third Tuesday Open Mic

Come to listen and/or to read.

Bring your creative writing: prose or poetry (5-minute time limit please).

Bring a friend -- Bring a snack to share.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Pensacola Cultural Center - 400 South Jefferson Street room 201

Pensacola, FL. 32502

Third Tuesday Open Mic
19Mar

THIRD TUESDAY OPEN MIC

Free Event Open to All! Come Listen or Read

6:30pm - Social
7:00pm - Readings Begin

THIRD TUESDAY OPEN MIC
08Nov

Memoir Writing Workshop presented by Katherine Clark

COST for solo workshop $10
VALUE OFFER Workshop + VIP EVENT + WFLF Membership + T-shirt $25

Award-winning author Katherine Clark has published four novels and three oral biographies.  In her workshop, she will explain the unique nature of an oral biography, which involves the spoken rather than the written word, along with a special collaboration between a subject and an author.  If you have a fascinating relative in the family or a character in your life full of valuable memories and stories, you will want to learn about this particular genre of biography, which entails recording conversations and editing transcripts of these recordings into a narrative that captures the character, the life, the stories and reminiscences of someone whose voice deserves to be heard and preserved.  This workshop will take you step by step through the process of creating an oral biography from start to finish.
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Memoir Writing Workshop presented by Katherine Clark
08Nov

Social Media and Blogging Content Workshop by Erik Deckers

COST for solo workshop $10
VALUE OFFER Workshop + VIP EVENT + WFLF Membership + T-shirt $25

Writers who successfully brand themselves online are the ones who see success. Today, thanks to social media, it's easy to create a personal brand that speaks volumes about our ability and experience. Learn how blogging can establish your reputation, Facebook and Twitter can find new readers, web analytics measures your success, and how to bring it all together into one package.  
Erik Deckers, author of "Branding Yourself: How to Use Social Media to Invent or Reinvent Yourself" and "No Bullshit Social Media" will teach you how to use social media to grow your professional reputation, your personal brand, and how to turn your social networking connections into new publishing opportunities, speaking engagements, and even new books.
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Social Media and Blogging Content Workshop by Erik Deckers
08Nov

Songwriting Workshop presented by Sugarcane Jane

COST for solo workshop $10
VALUE OFFER Workshop + VIP EVENT + WFLF Membership + T-shirt $25

In a career spanning over four decades, Anthony Crawford of Sugarcane Jane has amassed over four hundred songs, some of which have been recorded by artists such as Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Lee Greenwood, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and others.  His unique writing style will inspire beginners as well as professionals to reach their full potential as a songwriter.  In this workshop, Anthony will explain how to find and maintain inspiration while using both melody and lyric to shape an idea to its fruition.” ~ Anthony Crawford, Sugarcane Jane
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Songwriting Workshop presented by Sugarcane Jane
08Nov

You the Writer After Workshop VIP Reception at ARTEL

Food, Wine and Entertainment featuring Sugarcane Jane
COST for VIP ONLY $10
VALUE OFFER VIP EVENT + WFLF Membership + T-shirt $25

All the featured guests will engage in a panel discussion followed by live entertainment. This is a great opportunity to become part of the creative writing community. Whether it’s your first word on paper or one plus a million, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of a literary organization rooted in Pensacola since 1986 and everyone is welcomed.
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You the Writer After Workshop VIP Reception at ARTEL

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