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May Day Celebration

Date: May 1, 2022

On May 1, 2022, SCWG members Christopher Adams, Kathryn Flanagan, James McGurk, and Andy K. Stanfield, Ph.D.  from Florida Institute of Technology, and our international guest, Principal Maria Angelica Batista, Ph.D., participated in celebration of this remarkable date with the event, “Poet as an Artist”. The participants shared their literary journeys and readings. Dr. Stanfield read the lyrics of “Marking off the Days” from his band Ojo de Rojo and a live demo of “Thanks for Nothing, Everything” that was recorded 7 Dec 2020 in Slack Labs by the Slackadaisicals Band.

The event was presented by Roseangelina Baptista, chair of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild Poetry Committee. It was livestreamed on Facebook Messenger and viewed by poetry lovers online in Brevard and in Sao Paulo, Brazil, “The Land of Drizzle”.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Poetry Alive!

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Please join the poets of the Space Coast Wrtiers’ Guild in celebrating National Poetry Month with our Poetry Alive! virtual event.

On Saturday, April 9 at 2 PM, Andy Stanfield, Ph.D., the Program Chair for English, ESL, and Languages at Florida Tech, will moderate this first-of-its-kind event for the Space Coast.

This event was organized to promote the Guild’s first-ever poetry collection, Reflections. In support of Reflections and the growing interest in poetry among the Guild’s members, we have added the Our Poets page to our website.

Dr. Stanfield has self-published 6 novels, including Global Tribal, which earned the silver 2019 Royal Palm Award for Best Published Book-length Science Fiction, and run an independent publishing company. In addition to his teaching and writing, Dr. Stanfield is a musician, writing and performing original music. He is currently working on a science fantasy web series and a book-length poem titled Sleeping with the Dead.

Binge-Write Your Novel in 5 Steps

Date: April 16, 2022

Short on writing time but long on ideas? If you’re nodding your head, this is the workshop for you! Kerry Evelyn will share her strategies for plotters, pantsers, and plansters alike, as well as helpful “binge” tips and a library of resources to get your book done. Learn how to get the most out of sporadic writing sessions to take your story from concept to completion. Printables included.

SCWG News

Guideposts Writers Workshop

June 12, 2022

Are you a born storyteller? You can conribute to Guideposts to inspire millions of people? Every two years, a small group of writers is selected to learn from Guideposts editors how to write for their magazines, website, devotionals, booksnewsletters and other publications and platforms. This could be your year! The Writers Workshop is sponsored by best-selling author Debbie Macomber. For more information on how to enter this prestigious contest, click below.

And the Winners Are….

May 21, 2022

The Space Coast Writers’ Guild is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Short Story Contest! The competition was fierce, with many excellent submissions! Our Guild is the home of extreme talent, with most of the finalists determined by less than one point! Our President, Joanne, would like to thank all the participants in this year’s competition, from the members who submitted entries to the judges who gave their time and talent to score the entries. The contest has a “double-blind” rating system. The contestants do not know who the judges are, and the judges do not know whose stories they are scoring.

The First Prize went to Sheila Gillis, for Little Gains. Congratulations, Sheila!

The runners-up include:

2nd Place, Terry Friedlander, for Caller ID

3rd Place, John Contoupe, for The Three Hairs on Her Chin

4th Place, Steven Charles, for I Got You

5th Place, Jessica Broyles, for Luscinia T Bird

Congratulations, one and all! Your prizes were well-deserved!

Sheila Gillis, First Place Winner in the 2022 Space Coast Writers’ Guild Short Story Contest, reads her winning story, Little Gains.

The Guild in Cocoa Village. Again!

May 14, 2022

The Space Coast Writers’ Guild was again at the Cocoa Village Arts and Crafts Fair. On Saturday, May 14, SCWG members Ken Leggett, Jay Heavner, Margaret Livermore, and Joanne Fisher set up shop and sold their books to the passersby at the event. Everyone sold some books and, as the old saying goes, “a great time was had by all!” All members are invited to attend the quarterly event, paid for by the Guild. The Arts and Crafts Fairs are an ideal way to meet the public, sharpen your interpersonal skills, and sell your books! The SCWG display typically is directly across the street from Ryan’s Pizza on Harrison Street, but always check with Joanne. Hours are from 10 to 5 Saturdays and 10 to 4 Sundays.

News from Gene Luke Vlahovic!

May 2, 2022

SCWG’s Gene Luke reports that Amazon has read his books and has judged and elevated him into the upper echelon of renowned authors.

Gordon England’s Reflections Poem on his YouTube Channel

Gordon England reports that his poem, After the Rain, that appeared in the SCWG poetry anthology Reflections, appears on his YouTube channel

“My wife, a radio announcer in a previous life, made a dramatic reading of the poem.” Gordon said. “Also on that page I have recordings of my songs, plays, and Annie’s plays.”

You can listen to his poem at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpqQrlA6s50&t=6s. Visit Gordon’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC74cYzYtfw8RHYDoMW2NeTw/featured- YouTube.

SCWG at the Cocoa Village Arts & Crafts Fair

On the weekend of March 5 and 5, 2022, SCWG members gathered at the Cocoa Village Arts and Crafts Fair and sold their books. Joanne Fisher, Jay Heavner, and Margaret Livermore set up under the Guild canopy. Each made great sales of their wares. If you didn’t participate, you lost out on a great opportunity to sell books and create new readers for yourself.

The Arts and Crafts Festival runs four times per year:

  • Spring Fine Art & Craft Fair : 1st full weekend in March
  • Summer Art & Craft Fair : 2nd weekend in May
  • Fall Art & Craft Fair : 3rd weekend in October
  • Art & Craft Holiday Bazaar : 1st full weekend in December

The Guild pays for this spot for its members to have an opportunity to sell. All Guild members are invited to participate and sell their books.

SCWG Member In the News

SCWG member Thom Lofgren has made the news! In the January 28, 2022 edition of The Hometown News with his book, Too Late to Pray. In the article, Thom talks about his inspiration for the book and the title. The newspaper article mentions the Space Coast Writers’ Guild and the positive influence that Guild has had on his writing.

On Display!

The Space Coast Writers’ Guild is on display, yet again, at the Palm Bay Public Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd. NE. It’s tucked in behind the Palm Bay Community Center and the Turkey Creek Sanctuary park. Please feel free to stop in at the library and gaze at the books featured there.

Royal Palm Literary Awards

Paul Iasevoli, director of the Florida Writers Association, is reaching out to ask for members to join the team of 2022 RPLA judges.

The Benefits:

      • Bragging rights for your writing resumé and a badge you can use on your website or email signature line.
      • The chance to read a fascinating array of works from a diverse group of writers.
      • Reading the variety of entries may enhance your own writing.

The Process:

      • From February-August, judges are sent an entry to read about once every two weeks. (See Survey information below.)
      • Along with the entry, judges will be sent a genre rubric to complete with their constructive critique comments and scores.
      • Instructions on how to work with the rubric and proceed with the judging are presented in a video link you’ll receive once you accept this invite.
      • Judges are assigned a Rubric Coordinator (RC) as their point of contact for coaching and advice on the rubric or the judging process.

Anyone who would like to volunteer as a judge in 2022 can use this link: https://www.questionpro.com/t/ABslzZp8BM and complete the judge-preference survey.

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Stormwater Expert

Gordon England

A new SCWG member, Gordon England, reports that he has been invited to be on the Advisory Board for Stormwater Magazine. Also, he will be giving a webinar on Testing Stormwater Pollutants for their Stormwater University. He also is set to publish another memoir of short stories about living in Texas years ago. You can look at the short stories he’s published on storystar.com and poems on allpoetry.com. Visit Gordon’s AMAZON page.

SCWG on Display at Local Libraries

Past Displays

Franklin T. DeGroodt Library
6475 Minton Rd SE, Palm Bay, FL 32909

On April 3, a scaled-down display of SCWG anthologies and members’ books was set up at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Library. The Guild is setting up monthly displays at county libraries. If you would like your book to be featured in a display, or if you would like to set up a display in your local library, please CONTACT US

Contests & Anthologies

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Indie Book Awards

Deadline: February 11, 2022

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers, is accepting entries now through February 11, 2022. Check out the categories and requirements and consider competing! Disclaimer: If you are a member of SCWG, Cathy Oasheim will recuse herself from editing your entry to the master judge. Click HERE for more information.

Right now we don’t have any active contests. The Argo Award was awarded to Peggy Insula at the October 21 meeting for her book Waiting Rooms: Cancer, COVID, and Courage.

The short story anthology Mischief! is due out shortly.

The poetry anthology Reflections is in the editing and compilation phase. We’re hoping to have both of them out by the end of the year.

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Annual dues are $40. Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1 PM at the Eau Gallie Public Library, 1521 Pineapple Avenue.

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