The Gulf Coast Writers Association was founded in 1986. Our purpose is to encourage and inspire local writers throughout the Gulf Coast regional area. From individuals who dream of writing their very first story or poem, to experienced published authors, GCWA attracts members who equally share in the joy of the written word.
All of our officers are volunteers from our local community, and participate out of love and dedication to the craft of writing. We operate as a not-for-profit organization. The funds collected cover our operating and publishing expenses.
The Gulf Coast Writers Association invites you to participate in an interesting, informative, and inspiring organization. GCWA Membership offers monthly General Meetings, held in the Gulf Coast Mississippi area.
GCWA publishes The Magnolia Quarterly, as well as as a news updates. Our Magazine includes many up-to-date articles on a variety of writing topics, from creative writing to how to publish your work. The articles are informative and written by a variety of professionals in the writing & publishing fields. Updates on our local events, as well as information on many national and local writing contests are also included.
One of the most important aspects of our Magazine is to give our members a forum to have their work published. Our Editor welcomes original poetry & stories of reasonable length submitted by our members. Manuscripts received will be respectfully managed. In addition, many of the works submitted will also be included in our “Featured Submissions” section of our Web site.
Our Association also sponsors the nationally recognized “Let’s Write” Literary Contest which accepts unpublished poems and short stories from authors all around the United States. This is an annual event which has been held for over 20 years.