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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Writers Needed


North Port Community Radio WKDW-97.5 FM has graciously opened up their station and the adjoining Common Grounds Meeting Hall for an Open-Mic showcasing area creative writers.  Bud Buckley hosts a very successful Open-Mic, primarily for musicians on Wednesday evenings.  On Monday evenings, from 7 to 9PM, starting on Monday, Oct 3rd, the station will be open to poets, fiction writers, playwrights, storytellers and original practioners of the written word.  Original, creative and innovative writing is encouraged, so positive, uplifting works can be presented to the wider community. 

            There are many excellent writers and writing groups in the area and writers of all ages are encouraged to participate.  All area writing groups, school and college writers and teachers are invited.  Come in and have some fun, read your works and tell us about your group. 
            The format will be flexible, learning as we go along and a studio audience is highly welcomed.  WKDW is all volunteer, no one is paid, but donations and volunteer participation are welcomed.     

            All performances will be broadcast live on the air at 97.5 FM and online worldwide at
            Come into Common Grounds Meeting Hall, in the Springs Plaza, 12735 Tamiami Trail (US 41 N)  North Port, FL 34287  941-564-8739 on Mondays at about 6:30 pm to sign up to read or just watch the show.  This is an opportunity for both experienced and new writers to read live to a studio and radio audience. 

            Port Charlotte poet, Dobie Pasco, will host the first show and we will take it from there.  Come in and have fun, snack bar available!  WRITERS ON THE AIR!         

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Writer's Contest with Huge Prize Money

The Dialogue Between Science & Religion

Deadline: December 12, 2016
Science and religion, despite their rich, interwoven history, are too often portrayed as opposites in nearly every way. As part of a larger effort to facilitate dialogue between these two ways of knowing the worldCreative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technologyare seeking original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another. We welcome personal stories of scientists, religious figures, or (just as important) everyday people seeking to explore or reconcile their own spiritual and scientific beliefs.
We also welcome research-based narratives about historical moments in scientific and/or religious discovery; stories by or about contemporary scientists wrestling with the ethical quandaries their work entails; or essays by religious, legal, humanistic, or other experts who have encountered interesting and revealing instances of science-religion dialogue and harmonies. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that provide a nuanced, thoughtful consideration of the complex interplay and unexplored interdependencies and synergies between science and religion.
Please note that while our interests are broad and inclusive, narratives should focus strongly on science and religion. We discourage submissions that focus on secondary issues such as bioethics; ecology, the environment, and sustainability; and pseudoscience.
Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology editors will award two prizes—a best essay prize of $10,000, and a $5,000 runner-up prize—and up to five honorable mentions, each with a $500 prize. The two winning essays will be published in the fall 2017 issues of both magazines; honorable mentions will also be considered for publication in one or both magazines and/or online.
Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 5,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current Creative Nonfiction subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).
A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfictionundergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography. 
To submit by regular mail:
Postmark deadline: Monday, December 12, 2016. Mail essay plus a cover letter and reading fee to:
Science & Religion
c/o Creative Nonfiction
5119 Coral Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

To submit online:
Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm Eastern Time, Monday, December 12, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Magazine for Writers

Announcing NEW Magazine for writers of every genre
Southern Writer's Journal - Printed once every two months (6 times a year)
Opening November 2016

Southern Writer's Journal is a bi-monthly magazine for writers  -- Urgent Call for Submissions

Southern Writer's Journal
Joaquin, Texas
Tina Gibbs, Editor

Southern Writer's Journal is a bi-monthly magazine for writers of every genre. Each issue contains articles on writing - we encourage writers to send in how - to articles on every aspect of writing. You may subscribe for $25 per year (6 issues).

All articles must be 1000-2500 words

'My First Sale' pieces - 500 words or less

Poetry - no more that 25 lines - 5 poems per author

We offer our writers a credible byline and they may include a brief bio about their published credits. We do not offer payment for articles but we do offer a byline and honorable mentions to other editors. New writers welcome.

To subscribe to Southern Writer's Journal, simply use our Subscription button via PayPal on our website at

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ringling Speaker Series

Patricia Corbus 
Tuesday, September 6
7:00-8:15 pm
Academic Center--Room 209

If you're in the Sarasota area next Tuesday, feel free to come see the latest installment in the Visiting Writers Forum, an author series sponsored by the Ringling College of Art + Design's new Creative Writing Program. This event--and the entire series--is free and open to the public.
From 7:00 to 8:15 pm in Academic Center room 209, local poet Patricia Corbus will read selections of her work, discuss her career as a creative writer, and answer questions from the audience.
Parking is a breeze. Any parking space that's open--save handicapped places, unless you have proper signage for that--is available for your use during this event.

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Patricia Corbus lives in Sarasota, Florida, where she grew up in her parents’ shell shop, The Nautilus. She graduated from Agnes Scott College, and holds a Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Warren Wilson. She is the author of two poetry collections: Ashes, Jade, Mirrors and Finestra’s Window. Her poems have appeared in numerous distinguished literary journals such as The Antioch ReviewThe Georgia Review, and The Paris Review as well as the anthology Conversations Pieces: Poems that Talk to Other Poems.

Selling Opportunity-From Linda S

Dear Friends:
I just signed up for the Gulf Coast Oktoberfest that will be held at Sarasota Square Mall outside of Penny's in the Parking lot.  If you contact
Caroline Martin Geier at 941-374-0638 and offer to accept a 5' space, you can get in for only $25 per day.  The regular rate is $50 per day for a l0' space.
The dates are September 23 and 24.  You can set up as early as 8:00.  The event runs from ll:00 to 8:00.  For more specific information and application form, please call Caroline at 941-374-0638 or 941-923-3004.  Her e-mail is:

P. S.  Before I retired my company rented spaces from the Mall, and Mall rent is incredible.  I think this is a good opportunity.  Please pass this information on.  The more the better for everyone