Here are the sponsored contests for 2022.
Enter as many as you like.
Complete contest rules are located at the bottom of the page.
Winners will be announced at the 27th Annual White County Creative Writers Conference.
Contest Deadline: July 29, 2022.
2022 WRITING CONTESTS
1. ROD MILLER DIALOGUE AWARD
Judged by Rod Miller. 500-word dialogue. Henry Rawlins is the town marshal in an Old West town. He knocks on the door of Constance Simms, wife — and now widow — of Jackson Simms, to inform her of her husband’s death. In 500 words, write their conversation. With the exception of tags (he said/she said and the like) only 100 words or less can be narrative or exposition. The rest must be words spoken by the characters. Through dialogue, reveal details such as the circumstances of the death, relationships between and among the three characters, surrounding circumstances in the town, and other dramatic particulars to enrich the scene. Dialogue must be natural, believable, and genuine. In other words, readers must accept that these people would really talk this way and say these things.
2. INTRIGUING BEGINNINGS AWARD
Judged by Laura Castoro. 500 words maximum. Present your most intriguing and hook ‘em beginning. Entries in this contest will be used as part of Laura’s presentation.
3. I REMEMBER WHEN AWARD
Memoir essay. Pleasant childhood memory. 1200 words or less.
Sponsor: Dot Hatfield
4. TWO FOR ONE AWARD
Short Story, 2000 words. A short story that combines two different genres.
Sponsor: Razorback Auto Sales
5. COZY SEASONED ROMANCE
1500-2000 word short story. COZY = no sex, gore or foul language. SEASONED = older characters.
Sponsor: Renee LaViness
6. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS MEMORIAL
Experiences with the unexplainable (ufo’s/ghosts/other) 1000 to 2000 words, to be written as if it is a first-hand experience, whether fiction or nonfiction.
Sponsor: Gary Rodgers
7. ROBERTSFAMILYARK AWARD
Poetry, any subject, any type, any form.
Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts
8. GRANDPA’S ROCKING CHAIR
Children’s story, any subject 500-1000 words suitable to be read aloud to children up to 8 years old.
Sponsor: BCC Freight Haulers
9. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
Sci-fi/fantasy story, 2000 words max. Write about a place or thing that is more than it appears to be.
Sponsor: Lindsey Pawn and Storage
10. LIFE LESSONS NOT LEARNED IN SCHOOL AWARD
Nonfiction 2500 words, essay about a significant lesson or lessons not learned in school.
Sponsored and judged by the Harding University English Department.
11. 4×4 POETRY AWARD
Quatern. 16 lines (4 quatrains) follow structure outlined in ShadowPoetry.com
You can read a detailed description here.
Sponsor: Gayle Glass
12. WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR GHOST
Paranormal mystery 2000 words, maximum 2500 words. Mystery with a paranormal element (beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding). No ghosts required but must contain a paranormal element in the mystery.
Sponsor: Ellen E Withers
13. GLASSWORKS AWARD
Essay, 800 words maximum. Subject: Your Favorite Place. Show, don’t tell — must appeal to the senses.
Sponsor: Glassworks Ink
14. TRIBUTE TO THE BARD
Shakespearean Sonnet. Subject: Country Living (likes or dislikes)
Iambic pentameter, 3 quatrains/1couplet, rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gg
Sponsor: Donna Nelson
15. GIMME THE CREEPS AWARD
Fiction Horror Ghost Story 1500-2500 words max.
Sponsor: Del Garrett
16. HOW-TO CONTEST
Non-fiction. 1000 words or less. Subject: Writing a How-To article of any
kind. Tell us step-by-step how to master any process, from building a rocket to boiling water to finding inner peace. Your choice.
Sponsor: Steve May
17. GRANNY PREWITT AWARD
Short Story fiction or true. 1200-1500 words. Humorous old family tale about a serious event — church service, funeral, wedding, graduation, etc.
Sponsor: Anthony Wood
18. THE THREE LITTLE PIGS TRUE STORY
Fiction story, 1,200 word limit. Re-write this fable from the point of view of an inanimate object or a character.
Sponsor: The Penpoint Writers’ Group
19. GIN CREEK AWARD
Rhymed poetry. 28 lines. Subject: Autumn. Children’s poem suitable for pre-schoolers. Must have strong rhythm and rhyme.
Sponsor: Gin Creek Poets
20. FUR IN FLIGHT AWARD
Humorous Fantasy Short Story, 2500 words maximum. Character (using magic and/or science) deals with results of enabling small rodents to fly. Free brief critique given if requested on 1st page of story.
Sponsor: Carol Hodges
21. WHODUNNIT? AWARD
Murder Mystery Short Story 2500 word maximum. No erotica or profanity. A body washes up on the shore of an Arkansas lake. The autopsy reveals no water in lungs. A sleuth determines where and how the victim died as well as Whodunnit.
Sponsor: Gary L. Breezeel
22. FLEDGLING DRAGON CONTEST
Write a 1-page max synopsis for a Young Adult Fiction novel, any subject.
Sponsor: Chrissy Willis
23. THE WORD TODAY AWARD
Short Story 1200-3000 words. Re-write a favorite Bible story in modern times.
Sponsor: Kim Vernon and Gary Rodgers
24. CHARACTER SKETCH AWARD
In 250 words or less make your character come to life.
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 29, 2022. Total your entry fees and make one check payable to White County Creative Writers.
Mail entries and fees to:
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.
7. Winner Notifications: Winners not attending the Writers Conference will be notified by mail one week after the conference.
Questions about the Contests or Conference?
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