SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2023
WATCH FOR OUR RELEASE OF ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS SOON
The Emerald Coast Review (ECR), published by Emerald Coast Writers (ECW; formerly West Florida Literary Federation), has published the voices of regional writers in an anthology since 1989. This year marks the 22nd volume. The publication will feature quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including contemporary, emerging and experimental works, along with the best of art, graphic design and photography from area writers and artists living along coastal Florida and Alabama. Residents from the following counties are encouraged to submit: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa and Bay (Florida); Mobile, Escambia and Baldwin (Alabama ).
Submissions close July 15, 2023. Accepted submissions will be announced and writers will be notified in August, with publication slated to follow in October.
Current ECW member and former ECR poet contributor, Debra Stogner, said, “My poem ‘mindLess’ about battle fatigue was published in the 2019 Emerald Coast Review. It was inspired by my father who was fighting his final battle with cancer.”
Stogner was former active-duty Army Sergeant (E-5) for six years. She is a civil service retiree and now works part-time with Veterans Services. Stogner also spent years traveling with her father’s military career. Now semi-retired she regularly participates in WFLF workshops and writers’ groups with the goal of publishing a poetry chapbook. Stogner said, “Everyone has a story to tell and words to share. Whether for pleasure, publication or record of family history, I strongly encourage people to submit to the ECR and bring unique perspective to our history, environmental landscape and shared experiences for all to enjoy.”
ECR invites a diverse, cross-section of regional writers to share their creative voices and submit their work today. No writing experience or poetic background is required. Share your voice, enthusiasm and talents.