About Our Organization

West Florida Literary Federation brings together writers and area residents who are interested in writing and the literary heritage of West Florida. We offer programs, workshops, awards, critique sessions, open mics and related activities for members and the public. WFLF sponsors an annual student poetry writing contest, publishes an anthology biannually, and maintains the Dr. Francis P. Cassidy Writers Resource Center in Pensacola Cultural Center.

Become a member

Join your community of writers. We gather every third Tuesday for Open Mic in the Board Room, Second Floor, of the Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St., in downtown Pensacola. Open Mic is free and visitors are welcome.  WFLF also offers  weekly workshops in Room 210 of the Pensacola Cultural Center. Visit us and see if you’d like to become a member.

Whether you write prose, poetry, essays, narratives, novels, short stories, memoirs or children’s books, you’ll find a your place in our group. Learn more

Our Mission

As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we seek to promote and nurture literary talent in Northwest Florida through educational programs, writers' workshops, open forums, school poetry competitions, community programs, and publications.

Publishing Opportunities

Submissions are now open for Vol. XIX of the biennial anthology, Emerald Coast Review, published by West Florida Literary Federation. Writers are invited to submit entries of art, photography, prose and poetry. The deadline for 2017 is May 15.

For submissions guidelines click here.

WFLF also sponsors the  Escambia County Student Poetry Contest, open to all students grades 1 – 12, whether enrolled in public, private or home schools. The 2017 theme is "And when the Sun rises." Winners receive cash prizes, an opportunity to read their work at

a local bookstore, and a copy of the book in which their poem is published.

West Florida Literary Federation members are encouraged to send work to Andrea Walker, editor, for publication in WFLF’s monthly newsletter The Legend.