Friday, June 13, 2014

2014 Texas Gulf Coast Writers Short Story Contest

 TGCW presents its 2014 Short Story Contest. Fiction or creative nonfiction pieces may be submitted. Judging will be done by qualified professionals not associated with our group, and may include comments and suggestions on each entry. Rules are below. Winners will receive prizes as stated below.

ENTRY FEE: Members may enter for FREE. Nonmembers will be charged $10 per entry.

COVER SHEET: Use a separate cover sheet for your entry. Put your name, complete address, telephone number, and email address in the upper left-hand corner. Double space, six times, and center the title. Double space again and type the first line of your story (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.

ALL ENTRIES: This must be your original unpublished work. Publication on the Internet is publication. Fiction or creative nonfiction of up to 2,500 words may be submitted. Entries must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins. Use font size 12 and Times New Roman only. Text should be on one side of each page. For the first page, double space eight times from the top of the page, center the title, double space again, and begin the story. On each succeeding page of story, type title and page number in the upper right- hand corner WITHOUT AUTHOR’S NAME.

Each person may enter ONLY ONE SHORT STORY: one fiction OR one creative nonfiction, but not both! Entries will be judged by outside professionals. Each entry needs three copies. One goes to each of the three judges. However, to reduce paper waste there only needs to be one cover sheet.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Printed copies must be turned in to the TGCW President by the close of the August 11 meeting!

Emailed entries are not accepted. If a contestant lives out of town, he/she may mail in their submission to the PO BOX in the right column. Fasten cover sheet to your submission with a large paperclip. DO NOT STAPLE ANYTHING! 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 a score sheet or submission. Decisions of the judges are final.

PRIZES: First place will receive a cash prize in the amount of $50, second place will receive a cash prize in the amount of $25, and third place will receive a certificate.

Winners and awards will be presented at either the Sept or Oct 2014 meeting.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 9th Speaker: Laurie Kolp

Laurie Kolp is an award-winning poet with numerous publications, some of which include Poets & Artists, Writer’s Digest, Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet, cho, Miller’s Pond, The Fib Review; forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain and Blue Fifth Review.

 Laurie is often inspired by nature, and her photography has been featured in Poetic PinUp Review and graced the cover of MiCrow8: Winter 2013. She is part of the online communities dVerse Poets and Poetry Jam, and the vice-president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers.

Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three kids and two dogs. To learn more, please visit her website, or her blogs and

Her first full-length poetry collection, Upon the Blue Couch, was published by Winter Goose Publishing in April 2014, and will be available (and personalized) at the meeting.