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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young

Call To Writers

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Tinsley Advertising and the Cultural Umbrella Committee of the Florida Keys & Key West are issuing a call for writers interested in producing articles for the Culture 2014 magazine.

Two Florida Keys writers will be selected and paid a freelance fee of $1,000 each. The fee covers research, writing, related photography and any necessary revising (based on recommendations from the committee) of an article of approximately 1,000-1,200 words. Articles assigned will be factual, informational and primarily designed to introduce visitors to the art, culture and history of The Florida Keys.
The Culture 2014 magazine, an annual publication, is a freestanding magazine distributed to art galleries and chambers of commerce throughout the Keys. It is also the insert in the In Room Concierge in over 3,900 guestrooms within the Keys reaching over 500,000 visitors annually. The publication includes information on the Keys’ performing, literary and visual arts as well as a calendar of events and advertisements.

Writers should select topics from the following:

Cuisine in the Florida Keys - The second most popular activity people focus on while on vacation. Article could include culinary events from Key Largo to Key West; Food & Wine Festivals, Florida Keys Seafood Festivals, Key West Lobsterfest, etc.  Overview of the diversity of tropical flavors and fabulous restaurant choices from fish shacks on the water to white tablecloth fine dining.

Birding and Avian Art – In April, there are various opportunities to see rare bird species pass through the Keys as they migrate. Bird watching spots in the Keys include: the Dry Tortugas, Sandy Key, Dagney Johnson Hammocks Botanical State Park, and the Everglades. Wonderful Keys’ trails to visit: Gumbo Limbo Trail, Snake Bight Trail and the Great Florida Birding Trail. Our annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival is a great highlight event. Birds are a favorite subject for the artists of the Keys – from John James Audubon antique engravings to our modern day oil painters, watercolor artists and fine art photographers who live and work throughout the Keys.

Writers should submit a cover letter that proposes a title and discusses the tone, approach and scope of the coverage planned for one of the above mentioned topics.

1. 3 samples of previously published articles (must be submitted on 8 ½ x 11 paper and limit to 3).
2. Resume and brief biographical information which includes how you are qualified to write on this topic.
3. List of published works including date, type of media and name of publication

Submit original and 5 copies by Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm to:

Florida Keys Council of the Arts – Elizabeth Young
1100 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040

Phone: 305-295-4369 email

Submissions will NOT be returned. Selection will be announced after May 15, 2013.