AWG Members Only Monthly Contest
Members Only Monthly Contest – 2023
Exclusive: For current members of AWG only. All entries eligible for Annual Contest. No fees!
Judging: Judges are professionals who may or may not choose to critique entries. Choice of winners is final. If there are fewer than four entries per category in double category months, categories will be combined. Six entries per month are required for judging.
Prizes: $20 first prize and $15 second prize. You are encouraged to attend the meetings to pick up your check. Otherwise, they will be mailed to the physical address provided.
Pay careful attention to all guidelines.
Deadline: Submissions received any time after the 12th of the previous month, but due by the 12th of the contest month.
Enter by Email Only: Send documents as attachments with the cover sheet separate from the entry and both in Word format only. Subject Line should state: AWG Contest and “Month” (e.g. January). Entries will be returned to the email on coversheet. Warning: some devices may not transmit document correctly, thus disqualifying entry. AWG will respond within five days. It is entrant’s responsibility to verify and resend.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mix & Match: Submit up to 3 entries per month. Enter poetry, prose, or both. Blended themes are acceptable. Must be original work unpublished at deadline (includes Internet posts).
** You may send up to 3 entries and accompanying cover sheets in the same email, but all cover sheets and entries must be separate attachments.**
Cover Sheet Format: Top left: author’s name, physical address (to mail prize check), telephone number, and email. Top right: Chosen month of entry, word count for Prose and Flash entries or line count for poetry. (Do not count the title when determining line or word counts.) Title of entry should be centered midway down the page.
Entry Format: Do not include author name or other information on any page. Minimum one-inch margins; prose double spaced; poetry single or double spaced. First page: center title at top, double space then start text. Number subsequent pages at the top center or top right.
MONTH THEME CATEGORY
JANUARY No contest this month. Extra writing time for February
FEBRUARY People, Places, Projects Poetry – 50 lines or less; Non-Fiction – 1,000 words or less
MARCH Flash entry: Fiction or Poetry 100 max words using the 5 prompt words
Mandatory words: time, shift, ordinary, spring, touch
APRIL Nat'l Poetry Month no theme, no theme Rhymed or Unrhymed Poetry., 50 lines or less
MAY National Short Story Month, no theme Fiction – 1,000 words or less
JUNE Non-Fiction Month. no theme Non-Fiction – 1,000 words or less
JULY Historical, Fantasy, Western Poetry – 50 lines or less; Fiction – 1,000 words or less
AUGUST Flash entry: Fiction or Poetry 100 max words using the 5 prompt words
Mandatory words: hand, sound, tumble, pound, prompt
Flash Fiction/Poetry use 5 mandatory prompt words, or close form and meaning, like: Oil = oiled, oils, oiling, oiler, oily not spoil or foil; boat = lifeboat; speak = unspeakable, not spoken; place = placement; defect = defection or defective.
Here are the February Members-Only Winners!
First Place: Chuck Webber, "Fifth Floor Intervention"
Second: Kay Talley "Breaking Free"
Honorable Mention: Coy Roper, "What We Learned About Australia"
Honorable Mention: Chuck Webber, "Paolo's Humility"
March Members-Only Winners are!
Flash Prose: First: Coy Roper, "How I Fell in Love"
Second: Mary Berry, "A Sudden Jolt"
HM: Nancy Forbis-Stokes, "New Heights"
Flash Poetry: First: Mary Berry, "Cycles"
Second: Coy Roper, "An Angel Touched My Heart"
Type your paragraph here.
Objectives: To study methods of writing and research,
To develop our talents as writers,
To promote interest in writing, and
To encourage our fellow writers at all times