Winning My First Fiction Contest

Each year Florida Weekly holds a writing contest using photos as prompts. I submitted a story this year after a Naples Writers’ Workshop member suggested we all compete. I was shocked to learn I won out of the more than 250 submissions. My prize was a ticket to the Sanibel Island Writers Conference the first weekend in November.

Attending the conference was another first for me, and now I’m sold on the paid writing workshops. I spent the weekend taking lessons from local and national published writers and attended the panels and readings they offered. Budget permitting, I’m hoping to make writing conferences a regular thing.

You can read my winning submission through Florida Weekly. Read about their contest, too.

Plus, learn more about the Sanibel conference.

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This is one of two photographs that served as prompts for the writers from Key West to Alberta, Canada, who submitted a total of 256 entries in the 2017 Florida Weekly Writing Challenge. BETTY WELLS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

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