Writing Contest Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts
Here are the sponsored contests for the 2020 Writers Conference. Enter as many as you like!

Contest Deadline: Postmarked by July 15, 2020.
Contest rules are located at the bottom of the page.

Click here to download a contest entry form.

Unless indicated otherwise, contest awards are:
$25 First Place.
$15 Second Place.
$10 Third Place.

 

2020 WCCW Contests

 

1. BETTY SLAUGHTER MEMORIAL AWARD:
$75/$50/$25.
Historical Short Story, fiction or non-fiction, set in small-town America in the WWII era. 2000-word max.
Sponsor: White County Creative Writers.

2. THOSE WERE THE DAYS:
$50\30\20
Creative Nonfiction. The best memory of your childhood. 1500-word max.
Sponsor: Dr. Rebecca Foster

3. BOYCE CATTLE COMPANY AWARD:
$50/30/20
Western short story, 2500-word max.
Sponsor: BCC Freight Haulers

4. CONTEST FOR NEWBIES:
Fiction or non-fiction, 1500-word max. Storm Story, either an internal storm or weather-related. This contest is for writers who have never won money in a writing contest.
Sponsor: Dot Hatfield

5. GLASSWORKS AWARD:
Poetry. 8 lines Form: Heroic Rispetto, Subject: Any.
http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/rispetto.html
Sponsor: Gayle Glass

6. LOVE IN THE OLDEN DAYS:
Historical Romance — A romance set in ancient or primitive times. 2500-word max.
Sponsor: Ellen Withers

7. YOU WEAR IT WELL:
Fantasy Short Story. Different clothing affects protagonist’s supernatural and/or magic abilities, with humorous results. 2500-word max. (Brief critique if requested on 1st page of story.)
Sponsor: Carol Hodges

8. GIMME THE CREEPS AWARD:
Traditional horror — Old style horror, not ghosts. Think old black & white horror movies. 1000 – 3000 words.
Sponsor: Del Garrett

9. MORNING MEMO:
Inspirational essay, 500-word max. A devotional / motivational article intended to inspire and motivate a person to get the most of the day. May be spiritual or not. Anything that the reader would find uplifting, encouraging, and helpful.
Sponsor: Steve May

10. RHYME TIME:
Children’s Nonsense Poetry, any subject. Couplet rhyme, minimum 3 nonsense words. 24 lines max.
Sponsor: Donna Nelson

11. WHODUNNIT? AWARD:
Murder mystery short story. Classic Locked Room Mystery. A body is discovered inside a room locked from the inside. Windows, if any, are either locked or barred. All is not as it seems. Whodunnit? And how? Who solves the crime? Be creative. Extra points for originality. 2500-word max. No erotica or profanity.
Sponsor: Gary Breezeel

12. NOT MY MONKEY AWARD:
Children’s story. 700-words max.
Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts

13. JUNK DRAWER AWARD:
Any genre fiction prose. No erotica or gore. 2000-word max.
Sponsor: Renee & Gene La Viness

14. SNAPSHOT:
Short essay, 500-word max. Share a moment of importance in your life.
Sponsor: Gayle Glass

15. HIPPOGRIFF HARDWARE:
Fantasy Short story – What would a hardware store for fantasy creatures look like? Use it as a setting or integral part of your story. 1500-word max.
Sponsor: Pangburn Hardware

16. GIN CREEK AWARD:
Free verse poem. Subject: Back to School. 24 lines max.
Sponsor: Gin Creek Poets

17. DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES:
Psychological horror, not a slasher. 2000-word max.
Sponsor: Gary Rodgers & Kim Vernon

18. GRANNY PREWITT AWARD:
Nonfiction short story. A Christmas memory involving an elderly person who was influential in your life. 1500-word max.
Sponsor: Anthony Wood

19. PEGGY’S PLAY WITH WORDS:
Children’s rhyming poetry, suitable for ages 3 – 8. 12-line max. Will be judged on rhyme, rhythm, and age appropriateness.
Sponsor: Peggy Archer

20. I DID IT MY WAY:
Creative non-fiction, 1200 WORD MAX. A story about a lesson you had to learn the hard way.
Sponsor: Gary Rodgers & Kim Vernon

21. WHAT COULD’VE BEEN:
Short story, any genre, with two different endings. 2000-word max.
Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts

22. THE OTHERWORLD AWARD:
Sci-fi/Fantasy story. 2500-word max.
Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts

23. CLARA BARGER MEMORIAL:
Short story prompted by the painting at this link: (CLICK TO VIEW IMAGE) 300-750 words.
Sponsor: Razorback Auto Sales

24. PENPOINT AWARD:
Write a story, any genre that includes the following: A blue shoe, a forest, a mysterious sound, and a torn page from a book. Must be between 1000 – 1500 words. No erotica or graphic violence/gore.
Sponsor:  Penpoint Writers Group

25. WILLIS CHILDREN’S AWARD:
Children’s story, 1000-word max.
Sponsor: Chrissy Willis

26. ILLUSTRATED POETRY AWARD:
$35\$20\$15\$10\$10\$10
Style: any. Subject: any. Original poem and illustration. One 8-1/2 X 11 page on white or colored copy or construction paper. May be watercolor, pastels, crayon, pen ink, chalk, must use color. No pasted pieces, no computer generated art. Entries may be displayed at Conference.
(NOTE: Open to conference attendees only.)
Sponsor: Pat Laster

 

CONTEST REGULATIONS

1. Conference registration does not include contest fees. Contest fees of $5.00 for the first entry and $3.00 for each additional entry thereafter must be mailed on or before July 15, 2020. Total your entry fees and make one check payable to White County Creative Writers.

Mail entries and fees to:
Dot Hatfield
802 W. Center
Beebe, AR 72012.

No fees returned. Winners not attending will be notified by mail one week after the conference.

2. WCCW is not responsible for manuscripts lost, delayed, or received too late for judging. Do not send SASE: No entries will be returned. Entries will be destroyed two weeks after conference.

3. Only one typed, unpublished manuscript may be entered in each contest. Double-space prose; poetry may be double- or single-spaced. Use standard manuscript form – (see this page )

4. No entry may be entered in more than one contest. No one may enter the contest for which he or she serves as sponsor, chairman, or judge. Noncompliance with ANY rules will result in a disqualified entry.

5. Put contest number and name of award in upper left corner of each manuscript.Show word/line count in upper right corner per several judges’ requests. Do not put your name on the manuscript. Attach a cover sheet to each manuscript with (a) number and name of contest, (b) title of entry, (c) first line of entry, and (d) your name, mailing address, and telephone number.

6. Prizes and other considerations: All awards $25/$15/$10 unless otherwise noted. HM’s awarded at judges’ discretion.

Click here to download a contest entry form.

• Unless otherwise noted, contests awards include:
$25 First Place. $15 Second Place. $10 Third Place.

• For more information about our contests, visit:
whitecountycreativewriters.org/contests