Calls for Submissions

Call for Panels @ 2017 Other Words Literary Conference

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on April 6, 2017

Florida Literary Arts Coalition

From the Florida Literary Arts Coalition Newsletter:

Other Words is coming! We’re officially calling for panels for our 2017 conference on October 12-14, 2017 at the University of Tampa.  The deadline fo proposals is June 1, 2017.

This year, our theme is Food–writing about food, food in literature, food as metaphor, eating and other things we do with food, finding food, wasting food, food scenes, food poems.  Let’s say all things foody.

As always, we will consider panel topics that are not about food if they are so delicious we can’t live without them.

Let us reiterate that Other Words focuses on writing and not literary criticism. We are not looking for papers and panels as to why an author’s work is funny, but how to -create- literary comedy.  Preferred panel proposals will discuss the craft of writing as opposed to those that feature only panelists doing readings. However, a mix of the two is a good strategy. We strongly recommend a panel proposal which includes at least three panel members as it’s difficult to match solo proposals with compatible participants.

Please submit your ideas here.

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Brevard Poetry Contest

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on February 27, 2017


Brevard writers, sharpen your pencils and dust off those unpublished manuscripts! For the first time, the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National Association of American Pen Women (NLAPW), the Brevard Authors Society, and the Brevard County Public Library System have joined forces to sponsor a poetry competition open to all Brevard County residents age 16 and up. Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through May 1, 2017.

The entry fee is $5.00, and each writer may submit up to three original, unpublished poems in any of the three competition categories: Formal, Free Verse, and Humor. To obtain detailed information about the competition, including guidelines and an entry cover sheet, email

All entries will be reviewed by panel of readers who support the efforts and talent of local writers of poetry. Final selection of the top three winners and the five honorable mention entrants will be made by judges who are professionals in the discipline field, appointed by the Cape Canaveral Branch of the NLAPW and the Brevard Authors’ Society.

The winners and honorable mention writers will read their winning poems and receive their awards at a ceremony on September 30, 2017 at the Central Brevard Public Library in Cocoa

The Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is a group of professional women in the arts who support the development and expression of art, music, and writing in their communities. Founded in 1969 and active for 47 years, the Cape Canaveral Branch is a subsidiary of the Florida State Association of The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. (FSA/NLAPW), a nonprofit organization.


The Brevard Authors Society was founded in 2015 as an online society of independent writers in Brevard County. Their goal is to encourage and inspire writers to achieve the highest level of literary creativity and craftsmanship in writing poetry, prose, drama, comedy, fiction and non-fiction. The Brevard Authors Society has been instrumental in the presentation of Authors’ Forums at various venues in Brevard County.

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Explore the Doors


How many high school students can say they’re published authors?


Page 15’s 4th Annual High School writing contest is under way!

Selected finalists will have real-world publication experience, work with professional editors and published poets, and have original artwork

paired with their poetry.


DEADLINE: FEB. 10th, 2016


Are you ready to explore the doors?


For more information and to learn more about this year’s theme, click HERE.

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Listen to a Life

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on January 31, 2016


To enter the Listen to a Life Contest, a young person 8-18 years old interviews a person over age 50. It can be a neighbor, grandparent, or older friend (but not a parent). The young person then writes a 300-word essay (maximum) based on the interview. There is no charge to enter. For more details, including prizes, suggested questions, and examples of winning essays, visit This contest encourages students to practice interviewing and reporting skills, and winners can add the prize to their summer job resumes and college applications. The biggest prize can be shared by everyone, which is the opportunity to draw neighborhoods and generations together as they listen to lives. The Orange County Commission on Aging is helping to promote the contest.

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