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2021 Bay To Ocean Writers Conference

Call for Proposals


Would you like to present at 2021 Bay To Ocean Writers Conference, voted the best in Maryland by The Writer Magazine? If so, then act now, because the deadline for proposals is fast approaching!

The BTO planning committee is currently accepting proposals from authors and writers for creative teaching sessions on:

  • Poetry;
  • Fiction;
  • Creative non fiction;
  • Children & YA literature; and, 
  • Publication, promotion, and social media.

Click here to submit your proposal to this always-sold out conference. The deadline for proposals is July 20, 2020 at 11:45 pm.

The 24th annual Bay To Ocean Writers Conference will be held Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. In the event of state or federal restrictions on public gatherings due to health concerns, BTO 2021 will be held online. Attendance at BTO averages about 200 every year. Presenters are given a generous honorarium, in addition to lunch and refreshments, and may attend other seminars at the conference at no charge. Hotel accommodations for presenters traveling long distances will be made available, though presenters will need to pay for these themselves. 

Questions? Contact ESWA President Kenton Kilgore. We hope to see you there!


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!


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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