CALL FOR PHASE II, LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONA
Editors of Life in the Time of Corona, an ezine publication of West Florida Literary Federation, are seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography and art from regional writers and artists sharing their feelings and experiences during the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
For the online publication, all submissions must be in electronic format and emailed to the organization’s editor and a co-organizer of the project, Andrea Walker, at [email protected] There is no fee for submissions, but writers and artists must reside in the following counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay (Florida) and Escambia, Mobile, Baldwin (Alabama).
Up to three poems with a maximum of 300 lines, and prose pieces up to 750 words are accepted, along with one-act plays and six images. A fifty-word writer/artist biography should accompany submissions. The best of the submissions will be posted online at WFLF.ORG.
The online version is a continuation of selected works published in a special edition of the organization’s newsletter, The Legend. Artists and writers included in the issue are Susan Marie Molley, Ryn Holmes, Karen McAferty Morris, visual artists; Ethan Mcguire, Diane Skelton, Patricia Edmisten, Rachel Reese, Carolyn Tokson, Bob Ave, Tom Roberts, Mary Gutierrez, Susan Marie Molloy and Lucie Wade, prose; and poets Charlotte Crane, Ethan McGuire, Christina Larson, Marc Livanos, John Gibson, Claire Massey, Ryn Holmes, Karen McAferty Morris, Katherine Nelson-Born, Jane Lies, Lori Zavada and Beale Carter.
In 2010, the organization organized a similar “catharsis” project for area residents. WFLF published an online collection, The Spill, preserving literary efforts during the Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Spill. Part of the nonprofit’s mission since 1989 has been to bring people together who are interested in the literary heritage of West Florida. “Even during times of pandemic and quarantine, thanks to a strong online presence, WFLF can still bring people together,” says Diane Skelton, a co-organizer of the Life in the Time of Corona project. Preserving writing about an event like the current pandemic follows the group’s mission of preserving literary heritage. The first phase of Life in the Time of Corona is now posted on the non-profit organization’s website WFLF.ORG. Subsequent submissions will be uploaded to the site within 72 hours of acceptance.
The organization welcomes submissions from writers of all ages and encourages student submissions. All submissions are previewed by a panel of readers before acceptance.