Archive for ‘Contests’

November 20, 2014

Cozy Up, We’ll Bring the Reading to You

It’s okay if you want to hole yourself up with some hot chocolate and a warm blanket. We’ll bring the reading to you. Here’s a reading from WYPR‘s The Signal by Susan Muaddi Darraj, one of the judges we’re lucky to have for the 2014 Literary Contest. When you’re done, get your own submissions in to us. Read our guidelines here.

November 7, 2014

MWA 2014 Literary Contest up & open!

The MWA 2014 Literary Contest is now open–to members & non-members alike. And what’s better than winning money? Winners will also be considered for publication by Apprentice House Press! For guidelines and information, visit the MWA Contest Page.

October 4, 2014

Annual Literary Contest

The annual literary contest is in the works–check back for more details on dates and submission guidelines!

MWA  Literary Contest Flyer

October 19, 2013

Calls for Submissions: International Ebook Awards and Saroyan Prize

The organizers of two literary contests recently contacted MWA to invite members to enter:

  • William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
    Entry Deadline: January 31, 2014
    Information and entry forms:

    Nominations are now being accepted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and nonfiction. Cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the awards are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.”

  • International Ebook Awards
    Entry Deadline: December 31, 2013
    Information and entry forms:

    The Ebook Academy is hosting the International Ebook Awards to spotlight the best of the best in the ebook community. Through our awards, ebook authors will gain promotional brand building that will help them gain considerable exposure and sell more ebooks. One award will be given in each of the following categories: adult fiction, adult nonfiction, children/young adult fiction, children/young adult nonfiction, cover design, and video trailer. International Ebook Awards winners will receive a digital award sticker, a quote from award judges, a book review, social media coverage, a press release with distribution, and a one-year enrollment in The Ebook Academy. All entrants receive an honorable mention digital sticker and a press release and distribution. The judging criteria include writing quality, effective and engaging communication, ebook format/layout, cover, uniqueness and creativity, and overall impression.

December 19, 2012

Free Poetry Contest

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, in partnership with the Little Patuxent Review, is inviting Maryland poets to enter a free poetry contest. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 8, at 5:00 p.m.

The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review and will be displayed at the Pratt’s Central Library in downtown Baltimore. The winning poem will also be read at the CityLit Project’s CityLit Festival in April, 2013. Runners-up may be also considered for publication in Little Patuxent Review.

Entrants must be Maryland residents, 18 or older. Poems can be submitted by e-mail as attached Microsoft Word documents to or by mail to:

Poetry Contest
Periodicals Department
Pratt Library
400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-4484

For a complete list of rules, visit the Pratt’s contest page

October 12, 2012

2012 MWA Writers Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Maryland Writers Association contests in the following categories:

Historical Novel winners

Gold: “The Wager” by Cassandra Pennington

Silver: “War of 1812-Impressed” by Leslie Cooney

Bronze: “Venus and Venlazquez” by Barbara Mujica

Mainstream Literary Novel winners

Gold: “Welcome to Bethesda” by Derek Lee

Silver: “The Empress of India” by Iain S. Baird

Bronze: “Silenced Voices” by Teresa Scalzo

Sci-Fi Novel winners

Gold: “Pilot Program” by Sarah Pinsker

Silver: “Juggler’s Blade” by Robert Niccolini

Bronze: “Ice King” by Peter Wetzel

Young Adult Novel winners

Gold: “River Magic” by Jim Brown

Silver: “Nina and the Bodaway” by Vonnie Winslow Crist

Bronze: “I’m Not Weird, Just Quiet” by Jeffrey Wiegand

Nonfiction Short Work winners

Gold: “Walking with My Father” by Alix Moore

Silver: “Trout Fishing in Idaho” by Henry S. Parker

Bronze: “Beauty Secret” by Murray Edwards

Fiction Short Work winners

Gold: “Killbox” by Jack King

Silver: “When Vivian Greer Came to Sing” by Jessica Gregg

Bronze: “Imagining Iraq” by Barbara Mujica

Poetry winners

Gold: “Forty Years Later: What I Know” (P41) by Lalita Noronha

Silver: “Study Hall” (P7) by Janice Lynch Schuster

Bronze: “Easter, 1952” (P59) by Susan Moger

January 23, 2012

Latest on 2012 Maryland Writers Conference, MWA Writing Contests

The Maryland Writers’ Association has announced that the theme of its 2012 Maryland Writers Conference will be “Writing in Times of Change.” The conference, which will be held October 20, 2012 at The University of Baltimore, will feature keynote speaker Marita Golden. Golden will also present a workshop at the conference.

Conference and keynoter details will be posted at the Maryland Writers Conference website, Applications for panel sessions and workshops will be posted there and on the MWA website. Members of the MWA’s Facebook group can download the application form now.

The change in date for the Maryland Writers Conference date means that the dates for the MWA’s annual writing contest have changed as well. Entries for the Novel Contest, “Great Beginnings,” will now be accepted by email from May 15-June 30, 2012. Entries for the Short Works Contest will be accepted by email from June 30-July 30, 2012.

Novel contest entries will be judged on the first 7,000 words of the novel. Categories this year are Mainstream/Literary, Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Historical. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and Romance will return in 2013.

For the short works contest, fiction and nonfiction entries should be 3,000 words, while poetry submissions should be up to 50 lines in 1-5 poems.

Contest submission guidelines will be posted on the MWA website, the Maryland Writers Conference website, and on Facebook by March 1, 2012. Keyboard in Hand will post links when they are available.