Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 6, 2010

Writing Contest and More Pictures


Deadline: April 20, 2010 (postmark). P Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED at the AWC Conference Banquet at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 17, 2010.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Entry Fees

For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction – maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction – maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction – maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any “form” poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem – maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel – up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY. for the details on how to submit.

Hope you are enjoying the pictures.



  1. I am enjoying the pics. Thanks so much for posting them. It’s nice to be able to put faces with the names I’ve been reading about.


    • Jean,

      That’s what I thought. Especially good for all the times you run into editors (that’s a joke).



  2. Is it ok to enter the same short story for two or more contests at the same time?

    Chris B.


    • Chris,

      At first blush I would say, “Yes,” but you really should check out the rules for each contest.



      • Thanks, I looked at the rules, don’t think it will work, no biggy, I plan to send a story to 1 of the contests and a poem to the other. Thanks for the info.


  3. I’m digging the photos, too!


    • David,

      It’s a shame you weren’t there or I could have gotten you with the camera.



  4. Thanks for this, Kathy 🙂
    What I especially love about this contest is the “Free Verse” with a maximum of 60 lines! Typically, it’s a much shorter max, and most of my stuff is more “free” verse, so I’m actually able to submit! Yea!

    And yes—lovin’ the pictures!


    • Donna,

      I didn’t know you wrote free verse. Why the change in your avatar? Is it something you painted?



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