05 March 2012

Denver Woman's Press Club: The Unknown Writers' Contest

Post date: 05 March 2012
Deadline: 31 March 2012

If you are a writer of fiction, nonfiction or poetry who has not been paid for your work, enter the Denver Woman’s Press Club’s Unknown Writer’s Contest today. Entrants will receive constructive feedback on their work from professional writers and editors. The winners in each category will be honored in a special ceremony. To get started, visit our contest page to download the 2012 rules and entry form. For more information call 303-839-1519. Submission deadline is March 31, 2012.


• Contest is open to both men and women.

• Entrants must be Colorado residents, age 18 or older.

• Entrants have never been professionally published (e.g. never been paid for their work).

• Contestants may not have won first place in the 2011 competition.


• Fiction: Short story. Max. 2000 words.

• Nonfiction: Essay (personal experience, opinion piece, etc.) Max. 2000 words.

• Poetry: Entry may include up to three -3 poems. Maximum 100 words each (not including title). Any form.


• Fiction: $25 per entry

• Nonfiction: $25 per entry

• Poetry: $15 per entry (up to three poems per entry)

A separate entry fee of $25 must accompany each fiction and nonfiction entry; $15 must accompany each poetry entry (up to three poems per entry). Please make checks payable to the Denver Woman’s Press Club.


• Completed entry form.

• Cover sheet with manuscript title, word count, author’s name and telephone number, and category entered.

• Two copies of each manuscript or poem, with title and page number on each page. Author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or poem.

• Separate fee and form must accompany each entry. Entries must be sent to the address below to the attention of the listed party.

• Self-­addressed stamped envelope (SASE) large enough for the return of the manuscript or poem pages and judges’ comments. (Four or more pages require extra postage.)


Three prizes will be awarded in each category.

First prize: $125; Second prize: $75; Third prize: $50.

Contestants may submit only one entry per category but may enter all categories. Manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced (poems may be single-spaced), one side only, on white paper (8½ x 11 inches).



For inquiries: call 303-­‐839-­‐1519

For submissions: The Denver Woman’s Press Club, 21857 E. Otero Place, Aurora, CO 80016 for the attention of: Fiction Chairperson, Nonfiction Chairperson, or Poetry Chairperson

Website: http://dwpconline.org
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