2017-08-10 / Arts & Entertainment News

Step up to the Florida Weekly 2017 Writing Challenge


BETTY WELLS / FLORIDA WEEKLY BETTY WELLS / FLORIDA WEEKLY “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.”

— Elmore Leonard

That’s great advice from the prolific novelist and short story writer. Keep it in mind as you draw inspiration from the accompanying photograph and craft your entry in the 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge.

Here’s how it works:

We want your original narrative fiction using this photo prompt as the starting point. Keep it to 750 words, please, and no poetry, thank you.

Run your masterpiece through Spellcheck, give it a title and send it, either attached as a Word document or simply pasted into the body of the email, to writing@floridaweekly.com. Snail mail offerings will not be considered, nor will any entry that does not contain your full name, the city/state you live in and a phone number where we can reach you.

You have until 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, to submit your story.

We’ll publish a new photo prompt in our Aug. 17 issue. If you are so inspired, you’ll have until 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, to send us another story based on that image. Only one entry per photo prompt, for a total of two entries permitted per person.

Florida Weekly editors will review the entries and vote for our favorite, whose author will receive a ticket to the 12th annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference (value: $500). With keynote speaker Alice Hoffman, the conference is set for Nov. 2-5 on Sanibel Island.

The 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge winner will be notified by Oct. 15, and the winning entry will be published in all our editions.

Questions? Email writing@floridaweekly.com and we’ll get back to you. ¦

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