Upcoming Events

Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers's

Tues. Oct. 11 - Get Ready for NaNoWriMo
Tues. Oct. 18 - Tricks and Tips for Writing a Novel
Sat. Oct. 22 - Member Fall Event
Tues. Nov. 1 - Write-In #1 - NaNoWriMo Kick Off
Sat. Nov. 5 - Character Dreaming with David Sklar
Tues. Nov. 15 - Write-In #2 - NaNoWriMo Half Way There
Fri-Sun Nov. 18-20 - Philcon

Sunday, October 29, 2017

November 4th Meeting of the GSSW

The November 4th meeting will feature Hildy Silverman, editor and publisher of Space and Time Magazine.

The event takes place at Old Bridge Public Library, One Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Center, Old Bridge, NJ 08857. (732)721-5600. Directions to the meeting can be found at the library's website at <>. Business meeting starts at 11:00, and the guest speaker begins at noon. Admission is free.

The GSSW is a multi-genre group catering to writers from all walks of life, previously known as the Garden State Horror Writers.  The group has hosted presentations by authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Frost, and F. Paul Wilson.  Membership is $35.00 per year.  For information about the group call 732-276-7531 or visit

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Ebenezer Scrooge Unbound!

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and Tiny Tim comes to life in a fresh and exciting way with a twist of science fiction and time-travel added to the mix. Join members of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers as they perform their imaginative retelling of this classic tale.

at the Old Bridge Public Library:


Monday, November 7, 2016

Congratulations to all our 
Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers 
Contest Winners!

From the Depths of NJ 22nd Annual Short Story Contest
- 22 short stories
- Over 76 thousand words
- Stories from Canada, UK, India and US including NJ, PA, NY, NC, OH, IL, CO, AZ
Clinton Road Revisited by Jay Seate
Cryptid Conclave by Chris Bauer
The Devil You Know by C.I. Kemp
Never Ending Litany by Diane Arrelle
Please Do Not Climb on the Alien Death Machine – Falling Hazard by Patrick Flanagan

Slick Nick and the Pow Wow Man by Tom Joyce

2nd Place
Even Weirder, New Jersey by Joe Nazare

1st Place
The Ghost of Nicky Newark by James Edward O’Brien

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Workshop at the Old Bridge Public Library

Last night was the first NaNoWriMo workshop at the library. Six writers came out to to learn about NaNo, talk about writing, and for fun we did a few idea-generating exercises. As anyone who's done NaNo knows, you need a lot of ideas to fill 50,000 words!

The next workshop will be Tuesday at OBPL, 7pm. This one will be on "Tricks and Tips" for writing a novel.

Then on November 1st and 15th, we will have Write-ins at the library, where you can hang out and write with other people instead of sitting home alone.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers
From the Depths of Jersey:
22nd Annual Short Story Contest

Theme: What if the jersey devil still lurks in the bogs of the Pine Barrens? What if the ghost of Jimmy Hoffa roams the marshes of the Meadowlands? What if the souls of the deceased wander the air station where the Hindenburg went down? What if Snooki was human? What really happens on Clinton Road?

This year’s stories must feature a product, person, or place from New Jersey. You may want to take an existing myth or legend from New Jersey and make it your own. Or take a historical event from NJ, and give it a fresh alt-ending. All that we ask is that your story be speculative in nature, meaning it must contain an element of horror, fantasy, science fiction, or any combination thereof.

Submission Period:  The contest closes at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Sunday October 23, 2016.

 Eligibility and Prizes:  The contest is open to everyone. All entries will be judged by Neil Morris, GSSW Contest Coordinator, and Frederick Doot, Managing Editor of Fantasy Scroll Magazine. The top three stories will move on to our final round, judged by Iulian Ionescu, Editor-in-Chief of Fantasy Scroll Magazine. 

The 1st Place story will be published in a future issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine, as per editor’s timeline and discretion, and the author will receive the Graversen Award ($75), in honor of the GSSW’s founder, Patricia Graversen. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $40 and $25, respectively.  There is NO ENTRY FEE. Multiple submissions are NOT allowed. Current members of the GSSW will receive a critique by Neil Morris, Contest Coordinator.

 Format: Stories must be original and unpublished.  Manuscripts must be double spaced and no more than 5,000 words in length (firm). Judging is blind, so please remove identifying information from the manuscript, including all headers and footers. Only the title should precede the text on the first page of the manuscript.  Failure to meet these conditions will result in automatic disqualification.

 Where to Submit:  Electronic submissions ONLY.  Email manuscripts as an attachment in .rtf file format to GSSWcontest@gmail.com. Include contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, email address) in the body of the email and note the story title in the subject line.

Contest results will be announced at the GSSW’s meeting on November 5, 2016 at the public library in Old Bridge, NJ. All entrants are invited to attend. Prize money will be issued in the form of a check payable to winner. Winners unable to attend the meeting will receive their prizes by mail. All contestants will be notified of the results via email and receive critiques no more than 30 days after the public announcement.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

News from GSSW

Hi Folks,

The website's been cleaned up a bit, and now includes our current schedule for 2016 and updated Meet Our Members pages. Still looking for more member news, so if you've done something, let us know!

As always, please email me at dooteronomy at yahoo dot com if you want to be added to the member list.

Lastly, we're officially on twitter. Visit and follow us at: @GSSpecWriters 

Hopefully see all of you next week as we welcome guest speaker Myke Cole.

See you then!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GSSW's Winter Event

Fellow Writers and Readers,

Join us on Wed. January 20 as we invade the KGB Fantastic Fiction ( http://kgbfantasticfiction.org/ ) reading series, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel. The evening's speakers are Delia Sherman and Ilana C. Myer. The event begins at 7, and they suggest getting in early to make certain you get a seat.

Hope to see you there!