Subject: Write Stuffings: Contests and Anthology
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 01:27:24 -0500

Write Stuffings for the Holiday Season <> <>  



Don't let the New Year ring in before you have a chance to polish that manuscript, says the Writers' Festival coordinator Dana Thomas. "Break out the eggnog, put on some carols, and finish that poem or short story!  And while you're at the post office mailing your holiday cards, drop your memoir or play our way!" she says.  Moreover, you shouldn't let the First Coast Writers' Festival contests pass you by like flying reindeer!  Extended deadlines mean you have more time to edit, so keep on writing and get those entries to us! <>  

 2008 Extended deadlines:  


Entry Deadline 
(postmarked by the dates listed)

Josiah W. Bancroft Sr. Novel Contest

Jan. 7, 2008

Page Edwards Short Fiction Contest

Jan. 7, 2008 

Douglas Freels Poetry Contest

Jan. 7, 2008 

Robert Grimes "Good Earth" Poetry Contest 

Jan. 7, 2008 

Writers' Festival Playwriting Contest

Jan. 7, 2008 

Literary Spa Memoir Contest 

Feb. 3, 2008


Check the contest directions at the website above and mail entries to Contents, c/o Dr. Dana Thomas, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, North Campus, C105, 4501 Capper Road, Jacksonville, FL  32218. For more information, either call (904) 766-6601 or e-mail Dr. Thomas at



"Word Trips," an anthology of poetry from Northeast Florida and the border area between Georgia and Florida will be introduced at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Haskell Center, 111 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville. Lynn Skapyak Harlin edited the collection. (The 
Plaza Café is straight ahead on the ground floor after entering. There 
will be plenty of parking.) 
A map with a link to create customized directions is on the web site: <> 
Attendees will watch a short video of John Hammond's last public 
performance, distribute copies of "Word Trips" to the poets, and invite 
poets to read one of their poems from the collection. This is an event 
for the local writing community, Therefore, you may invite friends, 
family and other writers in our community. However, it is not an open 
public event, so please don't post fliers or other public notices.

Books for sale will be on hand.  



Do you need a course to upgrade your teaching certificate? Or do you just want a three-hour course to add to your college credits? If so, you may want to take a creative writing class from Florida Community College at Jacksonville or the University of North Florida.

Two online classes in CRW 2001 will be offered during the B12 term. #268606 will be taught by Howard Denson, while #273869 will be instructed by Angela Vogel. All activities in both sections will be done online.

At FCCJ's Deerwood Center, Jeff Olma will be teaching an eight-week class from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in B2207. Creative Writing (CRW 2001, Ref. # 26670) will begin Jan. 7 and end March 2.

At South Campus, FCCJ's Matt Lany will offer a Monday-Wednesday CRW 2001 class (Ref. #268926) during the B12 term (Feb. 4-May 2) from noon to 1:40 p.m. in Room T102.

CRW 2001 and CRW 3930 are each worth three college credits.

At UNF, classes will be in Room 2116 of the library on Monday through Thursday night. For those interested in screenwriting (CRW 3930; Ref. 11868), a section will be offered from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Jan. 7, with Allan Marcil as the instructor. 

A Poetry Workshop (CRW 3930, Ref. #11474) will be offered from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 8 to May 2, with Michelle Leavitt as the instructor.

Two Fiction Workshops (CRW 3930) will be offered. Marcus Pactor will be the teacher for Section #11867 from 6 till 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 9. Mark Ari will instruct Section #11866 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursdays; the course will begin Jan. 10. 


Lighthouse Book Awards Shines Light on Best Unpublished Novel Manuscripts

The northeast region of the Florida Writers Association announces its second annual Lighthouse Book Awards Competition for unpublished novel manuscripts. The competition has been expanded this year to include Mysteries/Suspense/Thrillers, Fiction-General, Young Adult, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. 

The top three finalists in each category will be sent to acquisition editors at major publishing companies. They will rank the finalists as to first-, second-, and third-place award-winners. "Last year, we were overwhelmed with the number of entries we received," FWA Regional Director Vic DiGenti said. "We received nearly 100 submissions demonstrating the growing strength of our writing community."

Aside from the opportunity to have their work read by one of the acquiring editors, each submission will receive feedback from the preliminary judges. Finalists will be announced at a regional writers' conference on Saturday, May 17, at the Players Senior Community Center. 

The contest is open to all writers whose entry has not been contracted with or published by any publisher, including self-publishing. With checks made payable to the Florida Writers Assn., the entry fee is a non-refundable $35 per entry; multiple entries are allowed. Contest rules call for three copies of the first 25 pages of the manuscript to be mailed along with three copies of a one-page synopsis. The deadline for entry is Friday, Jan. 25.

For questions, please contact Judy Connolly, Competition Coordinator, at or Vic DiGenti at

Send submissions to Lighthouse Book Awards, 13245 Atlantic Blvd., Suite 4-407, Jacksonville, FL 32225.

Manuscript guidelines require one-inch margins, double-spaced, white paper only, 12-point font (Courier or Times New Roman), one line header on each page (title and category on left side, page number on the right side). The contestant's name MUST NOT appear on any of the pages, including title page of the manuscript and synopsis. Failure to follow this guideline will lead to an automatic disqualification. The manuscript should be bound with a binder clip or large paper clip. Do not staple or bind in any other way. Include an SAS postcard to be notified of receipt of an entry.

Entries postmarked after this contest deadline will be ruled ineligible by the competition judges and returned to sender. Entries arriving with Postage Due will be discarded.

Each first-place winner will receive free entry to next year's NE Florida conference.