Contest

2014-2015 Contest is Open!

Begins August 15, 2014 and ends January 15, 2015

This year, the WNBA Writing Contest will feature three categories of writing:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Poetry

Guidelines:
WNBA Writing Contest is open to all adults over 18 years of age writing in English. International submissions are welcome if they are able to accept the winning prize in US dollars.
Online submissions only
Previously published work is acceptable
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, and please conatct the contest chairperson Joan Gelfand (joan@joangelfand) if the work is accepted elsewhere.

Writing Contest Flyer

Fiction: 2,500 word limit – short fiction only; no novels
Creative Non-Fiction: 2,500 word limit
Poetry: 3- 5 pages maximum

Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry.

You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted and paid.

Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2010, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format), PDF

2014 ENTRY FEE

Women’s National Book Association Members: $15 per entry

Non-Members: $20 per entry

Entries are submitted online at this link: Submit Your Entry

PRIZE: $250 cash prize and publication in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide.
Proceeds from the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.

Judges:
Fiction: Michelle Hoover http://www.michelle-hoover.com/
Poetry: Ellen Bass  http://www.ellenbass.com/
Creative Non-Fiction:  Dierdre Bair  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deirdre_Bair

Contest winners will be announced March 2014.

Questions? E mail Contest Chairperson: joan@joangelfand.com

Thank you for your submissions! Proceeds from the contest help support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.

The Women’s National Book Association is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books.

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women (see our WNBA Award under “Awards”) and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. In 2012, the first of our annual writing contests was announced.

 


2013 WNBA Writing Contest Winners

FICTION

POETRY

Winning Entry

“Uncertainty” by Gayle Towell

Winning Entry

“Late October Light” by Rebecca Olander

Second Place

“Place Settings” by Susan Doherty

Second Place

 ”Demeter’s Lament” by Kathryn Gullickson

Third Place

“Katie Earnhardt’s Theory on Eggs-Over-Easy and Life Experience” by Tracy Sottosanti

Third Place

“The Night a Woman Diedon my Street” by Amy Schmitz

Honorable Mention

“5 O’Clock Somewhere” by Julia Tracey

Honorable Mention

“Milk” by J.H. Yun


Thank you to our judges of the 2013 contest:
Meg Waite Clayton, FICTION
Molly Peacock, POETRY

PRIZE: $250 cash prize and publication in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide.
Proceeds from the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.


WNBA 2012 Writing Contest Winners

 

Fiction

Winning Entry: Jessica Wallin Mace for “A Prize in Every Box”

Second Place: Anne Pound for “Beauty”

Third Place: Deborah Batterman for “All Mine”

Honorable Mention: Christine Eskilson for “Dorrie”

Poetry

Winning Entry: Ellaraine Lockie for “Abandoned Garden”

Second Place: Harriet Shenkman for “Mirror, Mirror”

Third Place: Ruth Hill for “Light Bends around Shadows”

Honorable Mention: Amy Wright “Airport Proposal”

A downloadable pdf of the writers’ biographies is available here.

Winning entries have been published in a special edition of The Bookwoman

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