Monday, March 18, 2013

Critique Group

Members of the Texas Gulf Coast Writers meet every Monday, except the night of the monthly meeting, at 6:30 pm in the Port Arthur Public Library for socializing and critiques. For more information about the library:
If you are interested in joining a critique group, but this location and time is not good for you, please email us to make other arrangements.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 11 Meeting

Merrilyn Williams  will be speaking about flash fiction at the next TGCW meeting. We will meet at 6:30 pm in the club room of the West End Lodge Aprtments at 4215 North Major Drive in Beaumont, Texas.

Merrilyn Williams is a life-long learner, an avid reader, an educator, and proud mother of two college students: Julia, a fine arts graduate and budding playwright, and Eric, who will be McNeese's drum major in the fall.

She graduated from PNG and Lamar University with a BA in English and History and teaching certification for grades 7-12. She is a Master Reading Teacher.

Merrilyn began teaching fourth grade reading in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and received her elementary teaching credentials from Pan American University before being recruited to teach in New South Wales, Australia where she spent ten years. While there, she began teaching the writing process, and became associated with the writers groups in Albury/Wodonga and in Sydney.

She has continued attending writing courses, and she dabbles in poetry - particularly poems inspired by the places she has visited. After Merrilyn returned to Texas, she was recognized by one of the teachers of a writing class she attended as "a writer". She says it was an exceptional moment for her to be recognized before peers.

“I've always been a reader and have written, but have only lately begun to actively seek to publish my work.”

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TGCW Logo Contest

TGCW presents a logo contest. We want a logo to represent our area and purpose. The logo will be used on the website, blog, facebook page and any official communication representing the group. The winner will receive $50 and recognition through our social media.
Rules are below. Submission deadline is June 4, 2013.


1. Email your entry(ies) to or mail your entry(ies) to TGCW PO Box 252 Bridge City, TX 77611.

2. Contest is open from March 1, 2012 to June 4, 2013. There is no entry fee.

3. Maximum of two color entries per artist, no b&w, will be considered. All mediums are welcome. Please include contact information (name, address, email, phone number) in your email or attached to your entry so we can contact the winning artist.

4. All entries will be voted on by Texas Gulf Coast Writers members at the June 11, 2013 meeting. The winning logo will be displayed on our TGCW documents (letterhead, envelopes, business cards, advertising, as well as on the website, blog, facebook, etc.)

5. $50 will be paid to the winning artist. The winning artist will also receive a blog post about them with any desired links and a certificate of credit.

6. Please familiarize yourself with our group by visiting our website: and blog: . We are seeking a logo that depicts the spirit of the gulf and reading/writing/publishing.

7. The winning entry will be reduced in size for use on letterhead, newsletters, and other correspondence. When reduced to approximately 1½ inches by 1½ inches, the design should maintain all color and detail.

8. All artists are welcome to submit. Submissions must be each artist’s original creation and not used for any other purpose.


Friday, March 1, 2013

2013 Texas Gulf Coast Writers Poetry Contest

TGCW presents its first poetry contest. Judging will be done by qualified professionals and may include comments and suggestions on each entry with a possible score sheet. Rules are below. Submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Winner(s) will receive a certificate and the option to post your winning entry on the TGCW blog.


Poetry: rhymed or unrhymed up to 20 lines

COVER SHEET: Use a separate cover sheet for each entry. Put your name, complete address, telephone number, and email address (if applicable) in the upper left-hand corner. In the upper right- hand corner, list number of words or lines (whichever is applicable). Double space six times and center the title. Double space again and type the first line of your story/poem (to avoid confusion in case of a title being used by more than one member). DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY OTHER PAGE! Cover sheets will be kept in a special envelope by the President for identification of the winning entries and will not be sent to the judges with the submissions.


Entry Fee: $5 per poem for paid TGCW members and $10 per poem for non members.

This must be your original unpublished work. Publication on the Internet is publication.

Poems must be typed but may be single-spaced and may begin at the top of the page. Use font size 12 and Times New Roman only.  Fasten cover sheet to your submission with a large paperclip. DO NOT STAPLE ANYTHING!

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS March 31, 2013 – anything received after this date will not qualify!

Emailed entries are not accepted. You may turn entries in to Laurie Kolp or Sylvia Ney at the March 11 meeting OR mail in your submission(s) to TGCW PO Box 252 Bridge City, Texas 77611.

Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified and not judged. Judges often write comments directly on the submission. Each entry will be judged but we cannot guarantee all judges will write comments on either the score sheet or submission. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winner(s) will be announced at the April 20th poetry reading at the Miller Library in Beaumont, Texas. Anyone interested can read and share their poetry that day.