The Space Coast Writers' Guild congratulates the winners of the 2020 Short Story Contest. Immediate Past President Cindy Foley announced the winners at the August Guild meeting, Cindy commented that all the entries were outstanding, and that, in some cases, as little as one point differentiated one entry from another. There was a tie for Third Place, and two Honorable Mentions! You can download and read the stories, below.
James R. Nelson, for Ne'er-Do-Well
Elizabeth Volstadt, for Timing is Everything
Peggy Insula, for Captured
Janet Corso, for A New Immortal
Arthur Doweyko, for Billy and the Time Machine
Terri Friedlander, for Your Mother
Submission Guidelines: All SCWG members in good standing are allowed TWO submissions (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays), no longer than 5,000 words. Submissions must be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format (,doc or .docx) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center the title in all upper case and center the Author’s name, in upper and lower case, below the title.
Genre: general/literary fiction, romance, historical, sci-fi, mystery/suspense. Children's stories, explicit foul language and erotica will not be accepted.
ENTRIES MUST be single spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font. DO NOT use a special size or font for titles. DO NOT number pages, and for prose please type past end of line (use word wrap), instead of using the enter key.
Submissions cannot have been previously published, or currently under review elsewhere.
All submissions must be accompanied by a 75-word author biography and a 1”x1” digital author headshot. Images must be in JPG or PNG format at 300dpi.
Include the author’s name, address, telephone # and email address as well as the title of the submission. Prose must contain a word count below email address.
Please note that we will not accept headers, footers or references as part of your submission. All reference notes need to be included in the body of your short story.
Important Dates: Submit your work by (to be announced) for consideration.
Our 2020 Anthology will be published and distributed through Amazon.com in Kindle and print formats by Christmas.
Note: Not a SCWG member? No problem! Submit your work, along with a $40 non-refundable entrance fee, and you’re in. Plus, you get one full year of membership in the SCWG.
The SCWG reserves the right to edit or decline submissions.
Contact email@example.com for more details.
The Melbourne Independent Film Festival is scheduled for October 15 through 17 at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10 in Melbourne.
COME for the enjoyment of film and to support your local filmmakers (including screenwriters).
WATCH for the name of a fellow SCWG member in the credits. (“Tie Up Loose Ends”)
Due to COVID-19, this year’s MIFF will be a combination of live and online events. The schedule is still under development. Check back for more information, or visit the festival's website.
Unfortunately, scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your Medicare Number and personal information. If anyone reaches out to get your Medicare Number or personal information in exchange for something, you can bet it's a scam. Please don’t give your Medicare number to anyone over the phone, unless you know for an absolute certainty whom you’re talking to and that they have a legitimate need for your number.
Authors for Authors held their annual Write, Publish, Sell! conference on June 20, 2020. By all accounts the conference was a rousing success!
Various speakers made presentations on a number of topics, including these from SCWG members:
The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, North Carolina is offering online classes for beginning and experienced writers via Zoom. Each class meets on Saturdays, 10-3 pm. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. Classes are $65, or $60 Workshop members. Financial assistance is available for low-income writers in exchange for volunteering. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 828-254-8111.
In this supportive writing-intensive class, participants will learn how to draw on the "material" of their lives to write and revise memoirs, stories, or plays. Elements covered include time compression and expansion, theme, recognizing your purpose, and developing your piece professionally.
Krawiec is the founder of Jacar Press, and the author of numerous books such as "Breakdown: A Father's Story", "Faith in What?", and "Time Sharing". His work is published in numerous journals including Shenandoah, Florida Review, and N.C. Literary Review.
The class will learn all aspects of writing the screenplay, including formatting, characterization, sequence structures, and how to adapt any genre to a screenplay.
Freeman’s credits include the feature films Gem and Mr. Bones, the official selection of major film festivals; and Authoring Action, awarded 2010 Best Documentary in the U.K. He has taught at UNC-C and Salem College.
Writers of fiction and non-fiction books and stories will learn how to revise and polish their works before submitting to an agent or publisher. Techniques will be taught on how to grab the reader's interest by eliminating unnecessary details, building tension, and fine-tuning dialogue and descriptions. Participants may bring five pages (double-spaced) to the class for discussion.
Ackerson is Senior Editor at The Renbourne Editorial Agency (www.renbourne.com), and has edited hundreds of novels, memoirs and creative non-fiction stories.
Please join us in congratulating Gayle Woodson, who earned a silver medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association 2020 Ben Franklin Awards, for her recent novel After Kilimanjaro.
Dear Readers and Writers,
Most of you know me as a writer of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and children's books. Some of you may know that I have a "day job" as a psychologist.
In an effort to use both of my skills, I've attached some information which I hope you will find informative and helpful as we continue in these difficult times.
My hope is that you are all safe and well 😊 ~
~ Valerie Allen ~
"To find inner peace, we must come to understand the only certainty is change.
We must adapt
to survive physically, mentally, and emotionally. We must seek harmony with the world in which we
live." Valerie Allen
PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE. IT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HUMAN RESILIENCE TO FIGHT OFF THE DEMONS.
Gene Luke Vlahovic
Jaimie has published more than a dozen books, and helped nearly 80 authors polish their manuscripts for publication. Email your query to Jaimie at email@example.com, with your first three pages, total word count, and total page count for a complimentary edit sample and bid price.
Our President, Joanne Fisher, reports that, according to the stats at Mail Chimp, which she uses to send emails to our members, SCWG has increased membership a whopping 33%!
We had 41 attendees at this meeting! What a great turnout! Our presenter was our good friend Jaimie Engle. Jaimie's presentation was Planning, Writing & Editing a Book that Doesn't Suck, and it was as engaging as it had promised to be! The audience paid rapt attention and asked engaging questions. Jaimie was gracious enough to provide a copy of her presentation, and you can download a PDF copy on the Files page. You can get the entire presentation in one chunk, or broken up into Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.
Jacquelyn Lynn gave an exceptional talk, Self-Publishing Predictions for the 2020s, at our meeting on January 18, 2020. Although we don't have a copy to post on our website, you can go to her website for more information.