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Special Call for Submissions for 2020 Bay To Ocean Anthology

Given the extraordinary times we are living in, the 2020 Bay to Ocean Anthology will reopen for a second round of submissions.

Writers respond to the world around them, and we felt it important to give you a chance to voice your thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting quarantine, or to reflect on what has become a global movement for racial justice following the death of George Floyd. 

Interpret these events in your own unique way and submit your poetry, fiction, or nonfiction by July 31.

You may submit up to 3 poems, 2 pieces of flash (under 900 words), one short story, or work of nonfiction not exceeding 5000 words. You may submit in more than one genre, but please no more than one entry *per* genre.

If you have previously received an acceptance letter for the 2020 BTO Anthology, this new submission round will not affect your status. You are also free to submit again.

Please double space your prose, and mark clearly whether it is fiction or nonfiction. Please do not send entries in PDF format, as these are difficult to work with.

Send all entries to Emily Rich at emilyjuanita.rich@verizon.net, with 2020 ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION in the subject line. Also feel free to email her with any questions.

We look forward to reading your work!

ESWA @ The Crossroads!

ESWA proudly announces the finalists for the 2020 Crossroads Contest:

  • Kris Faatz for “Silver Ghosts”
  • Irene Fick for “Bound for Brooklyn”
  • Katherine Gekker for “Miocene Age Shark Tooth Hunt”
  • Sarah Golkar for “Hermit Crab”
  • Nancy McCloy for “Cherries in the Snow”
  • Alice Morris for “I Am”
  • Laura J. Oliver for “Open House”
  • Russell Reece for “Feb, low tide”
  • Cheryl Sadowski for “The First Wave”
  • Sharon Shepphard for “Dwelling”
  • Hilary Sigismondi for “Get the Hook”
  • Pat Valdata for “I Post Another Sunset on Facebook”

A special reading will take place Thursday, July 9, from 7:30-8:30 PM, where the finalists will be invited to read on Zoom. 

The Broadkill Review Managing Editor, Stephen Scott Whitaker, who judged this year’s contest, will award two honorable mentions, and name the winner, who will be awarded a cash prize of $100.00!

The winning piece as well as the two honorable mentions will also be featured in the 2021 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference brochure.

If you'd like to attend the reading, please register at this linkYou do NOT need to download Zoom to attend, and you may invite others. We'll send a a Zoom link to your e-mail address approximately 12 hours prior to the reading. Come join us! 

BTO Rewinds, and Zooms!

If you couldn't make it to the latest Bay To Ocean Writers Conference in March--or missed out on a session you wanted to attend--no worries! 

Our "BTO Rewinds" series presents some of our most popular seminars again, this time via Zoom video conferencing. You don't need to download anything, and there's no charge: it's all part of your ESWA membership.

We'll hold several BTO Rewind sessions throughout the year, so watch your e-mail and our Facebook member page, or check the Upcoming ESWA Events section (below) on this site.

Only ESWA members can participate, so if you haven't joined yet, what are you waiting for? Click here and don't miss anything else! 

Mala Burt

Former ESWA Board Member, and BTO Founder
May 23, 1943--March 2, 2020

We recently lost a dear friend, an accomplished author and playwright, and a pillar of ESWA and the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference. In the clip at right, former ESWA President Ron Sauder pays tribute to Mala Burt at the latest BTO on March 7, 2020. Mala passed away after a brief battle with cancer. She will be deeply missed.

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