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Take The First Step…

March 31, 2014

–by Florida Writers Association

FWA is pleased to announce that we have two Collections in the works—one for adults and (new this year) one for Youth.

Florida Writers Association Collection (Adult)

Mary Burton meets one of her characters at the annual FWA Conference in 2013.

Mary Burton meets one of her characters at the annual FWA Conference in 2013.

The Florida Writers Association (FWA) is currently taking submissions for The First Step: Florida Writers Association Collection, Volume 6. This annual assemblage of 60 short pieces written by FWA members and submitted electronically is published by FWA and marketed across the nation.

Each year presents a new theme and new Person of Renown, who this year is none other than New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton. The First Step is about any first step in any venture—learning to walk, entering college, starting a job, or discovering your loved one is an alcoholic. Submissions may be fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, poetry—and virtually any genre. Full guidelines are posted on the FWA website.

Florida Writers Association Youth Writers Collection

Important Firsts is the theme for the 2014 Florida Writers Association Youth Writers Collection Contest #1 of short works written by FWA youth members between ages 10 and 17. The contest is sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Florida Writers Association and Peppertree Press.

This year’s theme, Important Firsts, could be about your first day at school, your first day in a new home, your first best friend, your first day at summer camp, or any “first” you can think of. How you approach the theme is up to you—nonfiction, fiction, and poetry are all welcome. The entries are submitted electronically, and the winning entries are published by FWA and marketed across the nation.

For additional information, please visit the Florida Writers Association Youth Writers website.

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2 Comments
  1. March 31, 2014 12:27 pm

    So is Mary Burton a Munchkin, or is James Beck a giant?

  2. March 31, 2014 1:04 pm

    LOL! Considering I am pretty short myself, I don’t know if I am the best person to tackle that question.

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