Call for Entries in the Rochester Writers’ 2016 Summer Writing Contest

Categories:  Poetry, Michigan Memory Memoir, Micro Fiction, First Page

Prizes:  Cash Prizes may be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in each category. In addition, Best of Show will receive a complimentary pass to a future Rochester Writers’ Conference.

Entry:  Entry to contest will begin on May 15, 2016

Deadline:  August 31, 2016 (A new contest will begin spring 2017)

Eligibility Rules:  All work submitted must be original, previously unpublished, and it must be submitted online or by U.S. Mail by the deadline. Author retains all rights. Rochester Writers’ will not publish any submitted work without permission, but retains the right to publish any and all of the authors’ names and titles of work. Open to all writers. Anyone under the age of 18 must submit with written legal guardian approval. All submissions must be in English. Only the title, body of work, and category should be on the front of the page. If submitting by mail: Contact information must be on the back of page (name, address, email, phone, category and word count) of entry. If submitting electronically: Contact information must be on a separate page from the entry. All electronic entries must be in a Microsoft WORD DOC or in the text body of the email. Winners will be announced at the October 8, 2016 Rochester Writers’ Fall Conference. Prizes and Certificates will be Awarded at the event or mailed out shortly after. Winners in attendance may read their work to the conference attendance at a specified time.

Description of Categories:

  • Margo LaGattuta Poetry Submission: 200 words or fewer, any style, one complete poem
  • Michigan Memory Memoir Submission:  200 – 400 words, creative non-fiction, first person memory, which takes place in Michigan.
  • Micro Fiction Submission:  100 words or fewer, one complete short story
  • First Page of Novel Submission:  250 words or fewer, the first page of a novel

Word Count: Limit is for the body of work only and does not count toward title of work

Category: Please indicate which category your entry is for (with the word count please)

Entry Fee:  You may submit up to four works (any category) for $16.00. Enter additional work for $5.00 each. Once submitted, entry fees are non-refundable. Payment and submission of entries indicate you are in agreement with the rules of this contest.

Enter Online: (submission is now closed)

Judging: Each category will be judged with independent judges. Then the first place winners will go in front of a different panel of judges to pick the Best of Show.