Archive for June 15th, 2009

2009 Springfield Writers’ Guild Annual Literary Contests

15 June 2009


Each of the following three categories will have a $100 first place prize winner and two honorable mentions. All winners will receive a certificate. There is a $2 fee for each entry. See Guidelines Section for full details.

Poetry can use any subject and any form limited to one single spaced page
Fiction can use any subject limited to 1,500 words
Non-Fiction can use any subject limited to 1,500 words

Each of the remaining nine categories have four awards:

$20 First Place
$10 Second Place
Third Place
Honorable Mention

There is a $1 fee for each entry.

Prose: Prose entries are limited to 1,000 words
Essay or Article — Ozarks Related
Short Story — Any Genre
Humor — Any Subject
Essay or Opinion Piece

Poetry: Poetry entries are limited to one single spaced page
Rhyming — Any Subject and Any Form
Comic Verse — Any Form
Free Verse — Any Subject
Haiku — Traditional (5, 7, 5 — Nature Theme)

Guidelines for Entries:

All entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant.
Do not enter the same prose or poetry in more than one category.
All manuscripts must be typed on 8 1/2 X 11 paper in standard manuscript form.
Prose must be double spaced.
Poetry must be single spaced.
Except for Haiku, all entries must have a title.
Place the category name and number, plus the number of words (for prose) in the upper left corner of each entry. List the poetry form where applicable.

DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON THE ENTRY. Include a cover sheet listing ALL entries by category name and number, title, and the first line of the manuscript or poem. Put your name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the cover sheet. Keep all originals, no copies will be returned. No entries or winners will be published.

Winners will be announced and awards given at the October, 2009 regular SWG meeting or mailed to those unable to attend.

DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2009. SWG is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or postage-due entries.

For a list of winners, please include a SASE with you entry.

No limit on entries per category. However, no entrant may win more than one award per category entered, regardless of the number of entries.

Jerry Wible, SWG Contest
2987 E. Kemmling Lane
Springfield, MO 65804

For more information: E-Mail OR

Creative Writing Challenge – Flash Fiction

15 June 2009

Writers are challenged to create stories 1,000 words or less and accumulate points based on their placement in each round of the competition. Every writer that registers will compete in at least 2 challenges, and writers can compete in as many as 4 challenges based on their placement in each round. Feedback from the judges will be provided for every story submitted and a special peer review forum will be created where writers can comment on each other’s stories.

For more information, visit

Literal Latté Contests

15 June 2009

Short Short Contest – $500 Prize – June 30th deadline

Poetry Awards – $1000/$300/$200 Prizes – July 15th deadline

Essay Awards – $1000/$300/$200 Prizes – Sept. 15th deadline

See for details.