Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 19 Meeting

Sylvia Ney will talk about setting goals and writing short stories, flash fiction, newspaper/magazine articles, poetry, and other forms in 10,000 words or less. Directed writing practice, critiques, and submission preparation will follow. Sylvia will also share writing opportunities and news.

Writers should come prepared to share their own work, experiences, and goals for the future.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Feel free to request speakers, topics to be covered, markets, or genre practice at future meetings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 21st Meeting

In honor of National Poetry Month, this meeting will focus on writing poetry in all forms. Authors should come prepared to share their own poems, experiences with publishing poetry, and goals for the future.

If members do not write poetry, they should come prepared with their own shorter works: flash fiction, response to prompts, journaling, etc.

Wendy Lanier has extended an invitation to "a writer’s event in Wimberley, Texas "Serious Writers, Inc." is sponsoring a one day Tour Stop on April 17. You can learn more at http://www.seriouswriter.com/wimberley/

Sylvia Ney has shared a list of other conferences, workshops, etc. on her blog. You can find that list:

Feel free to request speakers, topics to be covered, markets, or genre practice at future meetings.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 17 Meeting

Members who attended the 15th annual Jambalaya Writer's Conference will share their favorite news, tips, and exercises from the event.

Writing practice and critiques will follow.

To learn more about the conference, see member Sylvia Ney's blog post Sharing Your First Conference.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February 17 Meeting

Merrilynn Williams will offer a short lesson, followed by directed writing practice and work on submissions for the next FIRST LINE magazine with the prompt: "I wanted you to be the first to know," Rowan tentatively confided in me." 

Don't forget about the changes and update to out meeting format and dues which can be seen in the January 31st announcement.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TGCW Changes and Plans

Due to many members still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we will waive membership dues for 2018. That's right, 2018 TGCW membership is free!

We will also be implementing a new format for our meetings:

20-30 minutes for news and lessons.
20-30 minutes for writing - this time will be directed by free form, assignments, or a variety.
30-60 minutes for critiques and polishing.

We hope this is the year you will each become a happy and prolific writer. Please check back periodically for updated meeting and event information.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 20th Meeting

We invite you to join us on January 20th for the first 2018 meeting of the Texas Gulf Coast Writers Group.

This meeting will include new formatting for the group, news, event notices, exciting opportunities, and more.

We hope to see you all for the start to a great year!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 16 Meeting

At this months meeting we will be finalizing plans for 2018. This includes voting on board members, arranging workshops, and conferences.

We will also take time to review markets and critique any work brought by members.

A few opportunities:


Glimmer Train Family Matters Prize
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $2,500
Entry Fee: $18
Deadline: January 2, 2018
K. Margaret Grossman Fiction Award
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000
Entry Fee: $10 for 1 story; $15 for 2 stories
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers
Eligibility: Emerging writers only
Prize: $3,000 + publication + agency review
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest
Eligibility: All writers
Prize: $1,000 + possible publication
Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: January 15, 2018


Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers
Eligibility: Emerging, mid-career or established writers are all welcome to apply
Prize: $5,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018


92Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest
Eligibility: Poets who have not published a full-length poetry collection
Prize: $500 + publication + reading
Entry Fee: $12
Deadline: January 12, 2018
Colorado Prize for Poetry
Eligibility: All poets (except affiliates)
Prize: $2,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: January 14, 2018


French-American Foundation Translation Prize
Eligibility: Translations published for the first time in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31, 2017
Prize: $10,000
Deadline: January 15, 2018
National Endowment for the Arts Translation FellowshipsEligibility: Published translators
Prize: $12,500 or $25,00
Deadline: January 11, 2018


Mississippi Review Prize
Eligibility: All fiction writers and poets
Prize: $1,000 + publication
Entry Fee: $15 hard copy; $16 online
Deadline: January 1, 2018
Society of Midland Authors Literary Awards
Eligibility: Authors born in, residing in, or with strong ties to one of the 12 Midland states
Prize: $500
Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: January 6, 2018
Iowa Review Awards
Eligibility: All writers and poets
Prize: $1,500
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: January 31, 2018


Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: New writers of any age and background
Prize: $10,000. Residency in the San José area is expected during the academic year.
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Eligibility: Any artist, except those enrolled in full time undergrad or graduate programs
Prize: 2-week to 2-month residencies
Deadline: January 1, 2018
Dartmouth Poet in Residence
Eligibility: Poets with at least one full-length collection of poetry
Prize: $2,000 + 6-8 week residency at the Frost Place
Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: January 5, 2018