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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2016-Cracker Fair

The application for next year's Cracker Fair should be up on the Lemon Bay Fest Website about the first week in January, 2016. You can download it and send it in then. The vendor fee has stayed pretty constant over the last few years at $25 for a 10 x 10 space, I would not anticipate that it will change next year -- although that's a possibility.

Comming Attractions - Thanks to Linda Schell

Preview of coming attractions

Barefoot Beach Bazaar  -  Mar 21, April 18, 4pm to sunset.

100 Casey Key Rd. Nokomis, 941-866-5000, outside tents, tables and chairs required

Pioneer days – Arcadia –  March 21, DeSotos Veterans Park, 2 miles west of Arcadia, $25 per space, MAIL APPLICATION and PAYMENT to:  PO BOX 1824, Arcadia, Fl. 34265

Call/email questions to:            863-494-6607


Venice Book Festival March 28th, outside tents provided Fee $150  and you can have a max of 2 authors per tent. Deadline is Feb 28,

Spanish Point – March 28th and 29th, Osprey free event. This is outside and I will lend my tent table and chairs to anyone that would like to go on Saturday. Contact

Children's Reading Festival  April 25th, Bradenton only children's books please, $30 per space. Tent, table and chairs needed. Let me know if you can share.

Held at the Bradenton Farmers' Market in downtown Bradenton from 9 AM - 2 PM

Inspire Sarasota – May 2, Selby Library, Sarasota – only children's books this year. May expand to include mainstream if this goes well.  Self-published authors package is $125 and you can share with one person. I have the application and rules. Outside and tents, tables and chairs are provided. Deadline February 16th
Arcadia Watermelon festival – May 16, Main Street Arcadia, 9a – 4p, $40 per space and you can share. This is outside and you will need a tent table and chairs. Contact - send check and application to  AMSP
22 North Polk Ave, Arcadia FL 34266
Peridia Christmas arts and craft festival – Nov. 14th , 2015 Sandy Miles – 941-799-7608, this sells out fast.
I believe this was about $35 per space. Inside and outside spaces
Stores and book signings to check out.
Sandman book store – Punta Gorda, will do book signings and take books on consignment.  Please check this one out as they are really promoting local authors
NYE discount books – will take books on consignment and arrange for book signings. 607A Spur St., Venice. 941-416-2411,
coffee shop in port charlotte that will host book signings.
Mercer's Micro Roastery and Coffee House,
4678 Tamiami Trail
contact Valerie 661.6983 and
Copperfish Books – 1205 Elizabeth St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950, 941-205-2560
Village Voices –  1010 10th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205 · (941) 748-6865 can arrange book signings on the first Friday of the month during Art Walk evenings.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Message from Linda Schell (EA Member)

I don’t know if you heard about Barefoot Beach Bazar at Nokomis Beach Plaza, l00 S Casey Key Rd.

 There are only two more events.  The first is this March 21, and the other is in April.  You must notify organizer within three days of the event.

 I’m not going, but one of you may be interested or want to pass it on.  It is only $20.

 941-861-5000 for further details

Communication from Tammie (EA Member)

TC Diehl Author DixieDiehl4fiction    .FREE on KINDLE SAT. MARCH 14-WED. MAR. 18
Just now ·
Please “like” the facebook page


I hope many of you will check it out and give me feed back. Thanks T.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Poet's Contest


Time for a No Entry-Fee Contest - Our group should be ready for this contest from Winning Writers!

Enter Our Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Our 14th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1. There's no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. We'll award $2,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on our website.
This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may be of any length. Click to submit online.
After screening last year's 4,484 entries, Lauren has advice for this year's contestants:
Parodies based on Poe, "The Night Before Christmas", Yeats, and Frost: If you are going to have a "With Apologies To..." poem, it needs to be clever enough to back up the fact that it is based on a famous original. So many of these poets jumped ship somewhere in the middle and did not utilize any clever parodying qualities, and merely wrote poems that were completely separate from the originals. Just stealing the voice of a dead poet does not a good poem make!
Poems that I found particularly arduous to read: Poems about pooping, farting, vomiting, getting fat, having saggy boobs, tricking your husband so that he would stay with you, tricking your wife so that she would leave you, wrinkles, chocolate addiction, unoriginal limericks that began "There once was a man from Nantucket" that ended with "f*** it!", poems that invented their own language without a glossary and just translated as wan gibberish.
Poems that were offensive: Ones that embraced a pro-rape culture (there were more of these than you might think, and it was quite disheartening); poems that described women as objects; poems that led the reader to believe they were about women and then turned into poems about an object (odes to a car, boat, La-Z-Boy, golf club, burger, guitar, etc.); homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, racist poems, of which there were many; poems that mock a lifestyle in attempts to undermine it (making light of stay-at-home moms/dads, that sort of thing); poems that made light of mental illness, addiction, and recovery, in an offensive way as opposed to a self-deprecatingly humorous way.
"I'm getting so old" poems: These were by far the highest number of poems submitted in 2014. These have the ability to be funny, but more often than not there is SO much overlap. "I used to be so attractive, thin, energetic. Now I'm fat, wrinkly, and don't have sex. I can't bend over anymore, I can't sit up without grunting, I can't eat fried foods, I can't enjoy life because I'm over 60." These become tiring and disheartening after a while. There were a few that embraced an original voice and those made the cut, but the vast majority of poems about aging were nearly indistinguishable from each other.
Feeling squirrelly: There were well over a hundred poems solely about squirrels. This is merely a side note, as some of them were quite funny, but out of sheer curiosity, what the hell was it about squirrels this year? What is this obsession? Why are squirrels so dang poetic? Any squirrel poems that ended in a pun about nuts generally didn't make the cut.
All the Wergle Flomp winning poems and judges' comments going back to 2002 are available for reading in our website archives.
Submit your 2015 entry now at