West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) has published the voices of regional writers in poetry collections, chapbooks, books and anthologies for more than 35 years. Located in Pensacola, Florida, with offices in the Pensacola Cultural Center, WFLF is a 501 (c) 3 Not for Profit, all-volunteer organization. WFLF biennially publishes Emerald Coast Review, a regional anthology, and sponsors poetry, student poetry and creative nonfiction contests throughout the year. WFLF also offers workshops with guest authors and poets, critique groups, webinars and open mics.  The membership includes Floridians as well as writers living as far away as North Carolina and Kentucky.

This contest is open to any member of the West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) or the Florida Writers Association (FWA). Any non-member of these organizations who is a resident of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton or Bay counties in Florida or Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties in Alabama, is eligible to submit an entry.

Submissions will be accepted ONLY by the Submittable online submission manager. Submissions open January 1, 2022 and close midnight January 31, 2022.

1. Enter only one short memoir/personal essay with a word count of 800 words or less.

2. Entries will be read “blind”. No name or identifying information should appear on your submission or in the title. Documents identified with the writer’s name will not be considered.

3. Submissions must be in .doc or .rtf format. No .pdf files will be accepted.

4. Double space, using 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1” margins on all sides.

5. Include the title and the word count in the upper right corner of the first page. No author name on the manuscript.

6. Send original, unpublished work that has not previously appeared in print or electronic publications including personal blogs or web pages. We request First North American serial rights for winning submissions to appear in our electronic newsletter, The Legend. After publication of the issue, rights revert to the author. Winners will receive an emailed copy of the issue in which their work appears and the issue will be posted at www.wflf.org.

7. You must be 18 or older to enter this contest.

8. Include a brief biography (75-word limit) on the Submittable entry form, written in the third person, which states your special interests, any previously published work and your city/county and state of residence. Indicate if you belong to WFLF and/or FWA. Your name and biographical information will NOT be available to judges until judging is complete.

If you have questions pertaining to guidelines, please emial inquiries to WestFloridaLiteraryFederation@gmail.com

West Florida Literary Federation, Inc.