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2009 Pikes Peak Branch NLAPW Annual Fiction Writing Contest

14 February 2009

Flash Fiction

A complete, but very short story of 100 words or fewer. All genres welcome.

No poetry

Theme: “Everything was Perfect”

1st Place Story $75.00
2nd Place Story $40.00
Judge’s Merit Award $20.00

In addition to cash awards, all entries will receive a brief critique from members of the Pikes Peak Branch of National League of American Pen Women.

Entry Fee is $10.00 per manuscript
Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2009
Submitters need not live in Colorado to enter
or be a member of Pen Women

Winners will be notified by April 15, 2009

Visit for entry form with complete rules for making a submission.

A word about the sponsors and judges of this contest:

The Pikes Peak Branch of NLAPW was founded in 1954, and since that time the members have garnered hundreds of awards and been acknowledged in state and national Who’s Who lists for professional, successful and active writers, artists and musicians. Although this contest is sponsored by NLAPW, the Pikes Peak Branch is dedicated to the promotion and support of all writers. Male writers are invited and encouraged to participate.



14 February 2009

Deadline: 2009-03-21 (Postmarked)

Rules and Details

Paid members: $1 per entry
Non-members: $3 per entry

“Members” must be paid prior to CONTEST DEADLINE OF MARCH 21: see Rules

1. The Alabama State Poetry Society Spring Contest (sponsor ASPS)
$100, $50, $25, $10, and 3 HM’s in order of merit
any form, any subject, 60 line limit

2. Jonathan Smith Memorial Award (sponsors Joe & Gail Whitten)
$30, $20, $15, and 3 HM’s
any form, subject “The Joy of Music”, line limit 40

3. The Changing of the Seasons (sponsor Shelia Mau)
$40, $30, $20, and up to 3 HM’s at judge’s discretion
any form, subject “Changing of the Seasons: literally or figuratively”, line limit 40

4. Haiku for Spring (sponsor Gail Ingram)
$25, $15, $10, and one HM
form Haiku, any subject appropriate to form, at least 3 poemsnot more than 5

5. The Dana Witchern Contest (sponsors Peter & Sarah Meister)
3 winners, $25 each
any form, any subject, any length

6. Poetic Reflections Award (sponsor John Curbow)
3 winners, $50 each: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
any form, any subject, line limit 42

7. Brevity is Beautiful Award (sponsor Donna Jean Tennis)
Winner will receive 50 notecards featuring the winning poem.
any form, subject “Anything about Spring or Summer”, line limit 8

8. “For Those Who Care” Award (sponsor Sara
h Fechter)
this category is repeated because the winners in ’08 were not present
3 prizes of $25 each: MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
any form, subject “Compassion and/or Justice”, line limit 42

9. Race for the Curein Honor of Gail Whitten (sponsor Joe Whitten)
$50, $40, $30, up to 3 HM’s at the judge’s discretion
any form, subject “Saluting the courage of someone battling cancer”:
under the title, put name of person you are saluting, line limit none

10. Search for the Inexplicable Award (sponsor Kathleen Thompson)
Wallace Stevens said poetry is “a search for the inexplicable.” Let’s see your search.
$60, $25, $15. any form, any length.

Members: $1 per poem
Non-members: $3 per poem
(Contest #1 is open to paid members only.)
(Winners of #6 & #8 must be present to win!)
Members must be paid by March 14 (postmark)

Joe Whitten
PO Box 125
Odenville AL 35120
Direct questions (do not email entries) to

1. The same poem may not be entered in more than one category. Poems may
not have won a monetary award in a previous ASPS contest. All rights to previously
published poems must be retained by the poet.

2. There is no limit on entries, although you may receive only one award per contest.
Send an SASE (#10 envelope only) for winners list.

3. Submit 2 copies of each poem on 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Plain type & fonts only. No script.
On each cop
y, put category name and number in top right corner. On one copy only,
under the category name and number, put your name and address, “Nonmember”
or “Member”, and email address. Address labels are acceptable.

4. Poems are judged by qualified judges not affiliated with ASPS. Keep a copy of your
poems. All poems will be destroyed after the October meeting.

5. In the event that you are a winner, please put the name and address of one local
paper at the bottom of your “original” entry (the one with ID).