Annual Writing Contest is now open!
The 2018 Writing Contest is open for submissions. A new category is available this year – Young Adult Fiction.
Submit your entry in one or more categories:
Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, YA Fiction.
Judges will be announced on October 1st.
2017 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
1st Place: Stacey Balkun, “”When I am Red and the Moon Full”
2nd Place: Alice Osborn, “Southern Ice Storm”
3rd Place: Andrea Young, “Aleppo”
Honorable Mention: Anna Hernandez-French, “At Sea”
1st Place: Robyn Corum, “Coffin-Maker”
2nd Place: Karin Fuller, “Dancing on a Stump”
3rd Place: Christine Eskilson, “Taking Care of Harry”
Honorable Mention: Patty Somlo, “Since Letitia Williams Saw Jesus”
1st Place: Jean Choy Tate, “White Woman Passes”
2nd Place: Nicole Ayers, “Pink Hats”
3rd Place: Sarah Birnbach, “Climbing Back Up”
Honorable Mention: Joanne Godley, “Doubling Back”
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who submitted their work!
And thank you to our distinguished panel of judges.
2017 WNBA Writing Contest Judges
Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Marianne Williamson,Huston Smith and Paolo Coelho. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press and was awarded
IndieFab’s Publisher of the Year in 2014. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a
Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Managing Director of Mango Media, she also serves as President of the Womens’ National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.
Ellen Urbani is the author of the novel Landfall, a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her work has been profiled in the
Oscar-qualified short documentary film Paint Me a Future. A Southern expat now residing in Oregon, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.
Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, and won the BAIPA Gold Medal award.Linda offers workshops internationally, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.
The WNBA Annual Writing Competition Chairperson is Joan Gelfand, founder of the contest and contest Chair. Joan is a poet with three volumes of poetry, winner of a short fiction award and novelist. She blogs for the Huffington Post and is a member of Bay Area Travel Writers. If you have an interest in advertising the contest to your English department, journal or group or would like to participate as a judge, please contact Joan Gelfand: [email protected]