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“The St. Augustine Writers Conference stands apart and is unique because it focuses on the art behind the work.  It is not a conference geared toward marketing; it is a conference for writers who love and are devoted to each and every word.  You will gain invaluable personal attention and insight about your manuscript.  You will depart with a polished draft.  Did I mention that Connie May Fowler and the St. Augustine setting are magnificent muses?  Do yourself a favor and go!” Robert Dzik, 2013-2014 Participant

Applications for the October 1-6, 2015 conference will be accepted November 1 through July 1. We approve applications on a rolling basis so early applications are deeply appreciated and will help ensure your spot in this limited enrollment conference.

10669278_10205110510830963_6196234872862040467_oPlease note: The October, 2015 Conference is accepting applications in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Applicants are selected solely on the basis of the work submitted. The committee will consider the strength of the submission, its likely potential, and if they believe the applicant will benefit from the conference. Publication and/or academic degrees  are not required for admission.

Your fiction or creative nonfiction application submission must consist of no more than 20 pages. Please do not remove material in order to have a  “whole” manuscript. Keep the work intact even if it means you submit a partial story or chapter. The manuscript must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document, using the program’s default margin settings, and be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. Your name must appear on every page. Poets may submit up to 6 pages of poetry.

Submissions must include a cover letter that contains which genre you’re applying in (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry). Only submit material for the genre you plan to concentrate in at the conference (poets should not submit fiction, fiction writers should not submit poetry, et cetera). Include your email, phone number, and mailing address. Email submissions to A $30 non-refundable application fee must accompany your application and can be made via Paypal, using the recipient address or over the phone via credit card. To pay with your credit card via phone, please email us first at Payments by check are also welcome; checks must be made out to Below Sea Level. Email us for the proper mailing address. PLEASE NOTE: If you attended our 2014 conference, the application fee is waived.



  1. I look forward to participating in this coming October’s Writers Conference.
    Friederike Seligman

  2. Connie May, I am working on a manuscript to submit with an application and plan to attend the October conference. What a treat to think of being there with you again. Wheeee!

    My best to you and Bill.

    Love and blessings,


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