Poetry, Prose & Verse: A Discussion Connecting Music & Language
Join us for a preview of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert with a discussion about the connection between music and language. The event features former West Florida Poet Laureate Jamey Jones and local poet, Charles McCaskill. Full details are HERE.
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.
Chapbook Contest 2021
SUBMIT TO THE 2021 POEM-A-DAY CHAPBOOK CHALLENGE
WEST FLORIDA LITERARY FEDERATION
Join the 2020 winner and see your poetry chapbook published by the WFLF in 2021!
Full details available HERE.
The 2021 winning chapbook receives 2022 publication contract, publication through Amazon KDP, five free author copies, and a $100 prize.
SUBMISSION DATES: December 5 – 20, 2021
FEE: $15.00 (Members) $20 (Non-Members –Includes 2022 Membership)
WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: January 18, 2022 Open Mic
JUDGE: Katherine Nelson-Born, Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida Author of When Mockingbirds Sing Available HERE on Amazon
2020 NOVPAD Challenge Winner Lori Zavada
Her book, First Flight is Available HERE on Amazon
Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 2021
This weekend, members of the West Florida Literary Federation will have a booth in the 2021 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival. Books by member-authors as well as our semi-annual anthology, Emerald Coast Review XXI, will be available for purchase.
The arts festival was conceived in 1972 by a group of art patrons who wanted to expand the gatherings of local artists displaying their work in the downtown area. The “Great Gulfcoast” moniker was suggested by News Journal editor J. Earle Bowden to give the event a regional identity.
The Festival takes place in Seville Square on Nov. 5, 6, & 7, 2021. Hours are 9-5 on Friday and Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. Children’s Festival hours are Saturday and Sunday 10-4.
Come visit with our authors and find your next great read!
Admission to the festival is free.
Poem-a-day November 2021
The west Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) and the poet laureate of Northwest Florida invite you to write a poem-a-day November 2021
Join the WFLF’s annual celebration of poetry!
HOST: Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida, Katherine Nelson-Born
EVENT: poem-a-day (PAD) chapbook contest
DATE: November 1-30, 2021
WHERE: WFLF Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/West-Florida-Literary-Federation-WFLF-255101747857712
MOTTO: Healing of poetry is for everyone (HOPE)
NOVEMBER 1-30, 2021, WFLF posts each morning on its Facebook page and Twitter a daily poetry prompt for your writing pleasure. #WFLFNOVPAD
ANYONE ANYWHERE can participate in the PAD, but original work only please!
STAY TUNED for submission guidelines later in November for how to submit poetry manuscript of 20-30 pages in December! Check the WFLF’s website and FB page.
Winning chapbook gets 2022 publication & a cash prize. Submissions December 1-15, 2021.
Winner announced January 2022 at WFLF’s 3rd Tuesday Open Mic with publication in time to celebrate YOUR new chapbook during National Poetry Month in April 2022!
Chapbook Final Judge is Northwest Poet Laureate Katherine Nelson-Born. Contest is limited to first 50 submissions.
Self-Publishing Webinar Part 2
I want to self-publish. Now what? Traditional publishing is not the best or fastest route for every author. Self-publishing may be the answer, but it can be overwhelming. In this series of webinars from West Florida Literary Federation, Tom Roberts, author of two self-published books, will discuss the self-publishing options you have. His knowledge will help you decide the best path is for your book, whether it’s a novel, a collection of poetry or short stories, or a work of non-fiction. Receive an honest, objective look at the self-publishing environment to help you decide when you should do it, and—if you do—how to be effective in your efforts, without damaging your credibility or investing too much money. There are more options than ever to produce your book and make it available for sale—without needing help or approval from a publisher. Obtain answers to such questions as: What are the best services available for self-publishing? How much does it cost to produce a good-quality e-book or print book? What are effective marketing strategies? You’ll learn how to create and distribute an e-book or print book. Each webinar in the series includes time for a Q&A session. NOTE: You do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets. You may buy tickets using a credit card.
JANUARY HAIKU CHALLENGE LEADS TO FEBRUARY SLAM
- THIS EVENT OCCURED IN THE PAST
- Emerald Republic Brew Pub, 1414 W Government St., Pensacola, FL 32502
Sponsored by the WFLF, the Northwest Florida Poet Laureate’s January Facebook Haiku Challenge was a prelude to Pensacola’s February Haiku Slam, a/k/a Haiku Death Match with Asia and Friends and Voices of the Republic February 27, 2021, 6-8 PM at the Emerald Republic Brew Pub, an excellent outdoor venue for practicing your Haikus live and engaging in social distancing while enjoying a locally brewed beverage. For more information, check out the WFLF Facebook page: https://t.co/4QtCW0GMBD?amp=1
Self-Publishing Workshop Part 1
West Florida Literary Federation invites you to a free webinar, Self-Publishing, presented by Tom Roberts, and scheduled for January 26 at 7:00 pm. The webinar will be hosted on Zoom. In the first part of this multi-part workshop, Tom—a self-published author of two books—will provide an overview of the contemporary self-publishing process. Subsequent workshops will dive into the details of each step of the self-publishing process, from pre-publication planning in your particular writing niche to final production to marketing fundamentals. Future workshops will cost $5 for members and $10 for non-members, with all proceeds going to WFLF.
Pre-registration is required. Check your email for your invitation or send a request to [email protected] and we'll get you an invite. We hope you join us for this and many workshops coming from WFLF in 2021!
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
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
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 mandy[email protected])
Annual Membership Meeting 2020
- THIS EVENT OCCURED IN THE PAST
- Studer Community Institute, 220 W Garden St #100, Pensacola, FL 32502
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.
Pensacola Writing and Book Festival
- THIS EVENT OCCURED IN THE PAST
- Studer Community Institute located at 220 W Garden, Pensacola, Florida 32502
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.
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]
Joshilyn Jackson Workshop Tickets
- THIS EVENT OCCURED IN THE PAST
- Studer Community Institute, 220 W. Garden Street, Pensacola
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
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
Pensacola Cultural Center - 400 South Jefferson Street room 201
THIRD TUESDAY OPEN MIC
Free Event Open to All! Come Listen or Read
6:30pm - Social
7:00pm - Readings Begin
Memoir Writing Workshop presented by Katherine Clark
- THIS EVENT OCCURED IN THE PAST
- Bowden Building, 1st Floor Conference Room #2 - 120 Church Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Social Media and Blogging Content Workshop by Erik Deckers
Songwriting Workshop presented by Sugarcane Jane
- THIS EVENT OCCURED IN THE PAST
- Bowden Building, 1st Floor Conference Room #1 - 120 Church Street, Pensacola, FL 32502