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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 18 Meeting

This month is an informal meeting.

Many members will be absent this month due to this being the start of Thanksgiving week. However, the library is still open for anyone who wants to gather together to work on NaNoWriMo, or other projects.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Postponed: TGCW Anthology

The Texas Gulf Coast Writers first Anthology has been postponed for an undetermined amount of time. Many members are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey and disaster relief. Therefore, our original plans to produce the groups first anthology have been postponed until members lives have had a chance to return to some semblance of normalcy.

We will announce continuing plans with the group, and here, when the time is appropriate.

You can find the original announcement and plans here.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October 21 Meeting

Our scheduled speaker, Linda Todd, had to cancel. Instead, Merrilynn Williams has agreed to share some tips, exercises, news, and fun stories from a few conferences she recently attended.

We hope you'll have a chance to join us. We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 16th Meeting

Hi all!

We hope you are all recovering from the hurricane madness. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. Since so many are still dealing with cleanup and other post Harvey madness, there is no program scheduled for the September meeting this Saturday. However, the librarian has assured us the room will be open if you would like to come hang out, visit, or work on your projects.

We will send out updates and news soon.  For more information, please keep visiting our blog, or email me if you need anything. 

Hope to see you all again soon!

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 19th Meeting

We hope you'll join us for our next meeting on August 19th. Our speaker will be Rachel Windham, auhor of nonfiction, inspirational, and childrens books. 

Rachel considers herself a multifaceted author whose writing purpose is to weave the thread of God’s love into each of her works. Ranging from children’s books and juvenile fiction to resource and devotional tools, Rachel’s books offer inspiration, education, and practical applications for spiritual growth. 

Rachel’s writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and newsletters and has contributed to school curriculum and church projects. She posts a weekly blog, Tips & Tidbits, on her website, 

As a member of Bayou Writers Group, SWLA Children’s Book Writer and Illustrator Guild, and American Christian Fiction Writers Group, Rachel seeks to expand her knowledge of the writing craft and hopes to write adult fiction in the future. 

Although Rachel loves stringing together words, her greater passion is family. For over 27 years, Rachel has shared her life with her true love, her husband, Eddie. Together, they are enjoying their two adult children, Gabriel and Autumn. Apart from family activities and writing, Rachel volunteers in the community and serves in her church. For down time, she can be found scrolling through social media, visiting with friends, traveling with her family, or reading a good book.

You can learn more about her at:

Be sure to check back often for updates and news. We have several exciting opportunities coming, including the first Texas Gulf Coast Writers anthology. For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Write Support!

It's time once again for the annual southeast Texas The Write Support. You're all invited to attend this day of writers helping writers. ATTENDEES will include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry professionals.

The Write Support
June 24, 2017
10 am – 4 pm
Howells Furniture Conference Room – 2nd Floor
6095 Folsom Dr, Beaumont, TX 77706

COST: FREE to all TGCW members. For all others, the cost is $10 at the door. Table space may be limited and will go to the first to reserve, please RSVP to Sylvia Ney. 

10 am – 1 pm              Bring your latest manuscripts and questions to share for honest feedback, and to encourage needed reviews. This is strictly time for critiques, edits, reviews, and general work on your manuscripts.
LUNCH                      On your own at your discretion. There are many restaurants within a five mile radius of this location.
1 pm – 4 pm                Come sell your books, and check out the work of others, ask questions, make connections, learn current industry news, or seek more critiques. This afternoon is geared more toward the publishing and purchasing aspects of writing, but anyone is welcome to continue to work on their own projects.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 17th Meeting

Our next meeting will be on June 17th, and Linda Whittington Hurst will be our presenter.

Linda Whittington Hurst is an award-winning author and illustrator who was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, where her father was a Realtor and her mother a seamstress and housewife. She had one brother, Jim, who was her friend and protector when she was growing up. She met and married her husband of 47 years, Don, at college. They have two children, Chris and Geoff. Currently, Linda and Don are retired and live in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Although Linda dreamed of becoming a writer when she was a child, her dreams did not come true until she was an adult. Linda began writing while living in Dallas, Texas and homeschooling her two sons. Her first venture into writing was to develop a home school curriculum for elementary age children. After her sons graduated high school and went on to college and the military, Linda returned to teaching. As a college professor, she was friends with Bill Martin, Jr. and her academic mentor, Michael Sampson, both picture book authors. They encouraged her to pursue a writing career.

In 2011, Linda won the Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Teaching while serving as a professor at McNeese State University. That award allowed her to publish her first picture book, The Adventures of Red Feather: Wild Horse of Corolla, which went on to win the Writer’s Digest Honor Book Award. Later that same year, a novel she co-wrote with her best friend in Dallas, Linda Lee, won the Bloom Honor Book Award for a middle grade mystery. Since that time, Linda has written over sixteen children’s books. Her latest, Skinny Bill: The Story of Bill Martin, Jr., debuted at her alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce, in May at the Bill Martin Symposium, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

In addition to writing children’s books and educational books for elementary teachers, Linda enjoys editing for other writers and teaching courses on how to write children’s books. In her spare time, Linda loves to garden, paint, play the piano and, of course, read. A horse lover from her childhood, Linda is always on the lookout for interesting stories about horses that she can include in her books.

For more information, contact her via e-mail

Monday, June 5, 2017

TGCW's FIRST Anthology Call

This has been postponed due to hurricane recovery efforts!

Texas Gulf Coast Writers Anthology
Texas Gulf Coast Writers first Anthology is now open for submissions, with a tentative publication date of December 2017.  The deadline for submission is September 30, 2017 via  This is the only source we will be using for accepting submissions. 
Guidelines for Submissions
1.      Must be a 2017 member of Texas Gulf Coast Writers Association or pay a $25.00 submission fee.
2.      Stories and poems should be 5,000 words or less.
3.      Stories should be in MS Word, Times New Roman, 12pt, and double spaced.
4.      All Stories: We are open to all genres. Fiction, Non-Fiction or Poetry.  Please indicate which category you are submitting both in the subject line of your email, and in the header of your submission.
5.      Multiple Submissions: You may submit up to three stories and/or poems.
6.      Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography that will appear in the book should their story be accepted by the board for publication.
7.      Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment.
8.      Content must be suitable - think PG13 – no excessive profanity, vulgarity, violence, etc.
What happens after I submit my story or poem? Please be patient after you press the SEND button. Wait for an email response that says: Thank you! Your information has been received. This is your confirmation that we have received your story or poem and that it has been entered into our database. This is the only confirmation you will receive.
How will I know if my story is selected? We do not send rejections. If you have not heard from us 30 days before the book’s on-sale date, that means we have decided not to use your story or poem. Submission is not a guarantee your manuscript will be published. IF your work(s) selected, you will be contacted and given a chance to review final edits.
PAYMENT - If your work is selected to appear in our anthology, you must sign a contract agreeing that this is your original, unpublished work, and that you grant TGCW the right to first publication. All rights will revert to you 30 days after the release of the book. In return, you will be PAID with one free copy. Any other profits will go to Texas Gulf Coast Writers.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Meeting and Member News

Our next meeting will be on May 20. Sylvia Ney will be sharing news about several markets, and leading writing practice. Bring any work you would like to share for critiques, editing, etc for after the lesson.

DON'T FORGET! - June 24 is our second annual "The Write Support".  For more information visit here.

Get your copy of VIP of Southeast Texas.  Dorothy Sells Clover is a contributing writer for the May 2017 issue! 

We hope to see you at the meeting!

Monday, April 17, 2017

2nd Annual "The Write Support"

You're invited to attend the second annual "The Write Support" - a day of writers helping writers.

The Write Support
June 24, 2017
10 am – 4 pm
Howells Furniture Conference Room – 2nd Floor
6095 Folsom Dr, Beaumont, TX 77706
FREE to all TGCW members. For all others, the cost is $10. Payments may be sent to the TGCW address listed in the column to the right. Table space may be limited and will go to the first to reserve, please RSVP to Sylvia Ney by email at
The Write Support – is a day of writers helping writers. ATTENDEES will include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry professionals.
10 am – 1 pm              Bring your latest manuscripts and questions to share for honest feedback, and to encourage needed reviews.
LUNCH                      On your own at your discretion.
1 pm – 4 pm                Come sell your books, and check out the work of others, ask questions, make connections, learn current industry news, or seek more critiques.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 15th Meeting

Poet Elzadia Meguess will be speaking with our group. A native of Beaumont, Texas, she is a published author, certified educator, and a public speaker. She finds joy in reading and writing and is inspired by everyday experiences in the classroom. 

This months meeting will be held at the Apostolic Church at 3333 Eastex Freeway since the library is closed for Easter weekend.

Please come in through the side door that says "office". We will be meeting in their conference room.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sharing Jambalaya News!

Our next meeting will be tomorrow, March 18. Dianne Ellis and Merrilynn Williams will be sharing tips and news they found valuable at the 2017 "Jambalaya Writer's Conference."

We also have a tentative date of June 24th for our next Conference/workshop. Please check back for the latest news.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Welcome to Texas Gulf Coast Writers Blog

Welcome to the new blog of the Texas Gulf Coast Writers group!

We convened our first meeting on August 15, 2012 under the direction of founder Lenora Siebert and friends. We are excited about our group, officers, and future plans to share, encourage and inspire each other in our writing and paths to publication.

We hope you'll take a look around, feel free to ask questions, and visit with us soon!