The guidelines for 2020 contests have been posted.
Adult Writing Contests
Youth Writing Contests
Kansas Authors Club has annual contests for unpublished work by adults and youth, as well as published book contests.
The guidelines for 2020 contests have been posted.
Adult Writing Contests
Youth Writing Contests
In an attempt to improve our ability to write with clarity and communicate convincingly with our fellow authors, as well as our readers, I am posting the following challenge to all members of KANSAS AUTHORS CLUB. (I plan to learn a great deal from your responses to my challenge.)
Please take into consideration that all excellent definitions of concepts contain both a genus and differentia, when you compose and send me your own definition of the concept, “IRONY.” Also, include your best written examples of: (1) verbal irony (2) situational irony and (3) dramatic irony. All entries must be sent to my email box, firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2019 at midnight.
I will judge the Kansas Authors Club members entries and award the winner of this exercise with a plaque at our Kansas Authors Club, monthly meeting at Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th, Wichita, KS, 67226 on September 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm. (For out of towners, I will give the winner of the award their plaque at the Convention in Wichita on October 4-6, 2019 if they can’t come to town on 9-14-19.)
PLEASE SHOW ME YOUR INGENUITY AND WRITING SKILLS CONFINED TO ONE 8”x10” PAGE!
Don Marler (District V)
Greetings from Nimrod International Journal. I’m writing with some information about the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. This contest offers prizes of $500 and publication in both the poetry and the fiction categories, and it is open only to writers who have had no more than two previous publications in the genre in which they are submitting.
One of the oldest “little magazines” in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956. We have always been dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature, and we offer the Francine Ringold Awards as an opportunity for writers at the same place in their writing careers to compete only against each other.
I am including the contest rules with this email, and hope that you will make them available to the members of your group. Feel free to pass the information along in any way you like—be it in emails, newsletters, or on your website. For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at https://nimrod.utulsa.edu.
The postmark deadline for submission is July 15th. Thank you for your help in spreading the word about the Francine Ringold Awards to the writers in your writing group. We hope to see your submissions soon!
The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers
The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers.
Prizes: $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.
Eligibility: Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting. (Self-published works or works with a distribution of less than 100 copies are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)
Dates: Contest opens May 1st, 2019. Postmark Deadline: July 15th, 2019.
Online Submissions: Work may be submitted online using our online submission manager system: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit.
Postal Submissions: Clearly indicate “Ringold Contest Entry” on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Staple manuscript if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Include SASE for results only; manuscripts will not be returned. The results will be posted on Nimrod’s website.
Nimrod International Journal
Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers—Fiction or Poetry (indicate the appropriate category)
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Entry Fee: Each entry must be accompanied by a $12 fee, which includes both the reading fee and a copy of the spring issue of Nimrod. Make checks payable to Nimrod. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each entry must include its own $12 fee.
Every year, all writers in Kansas, as well as any KAC member regardless of residence, are invited to submit work to the literary contest. There are divisions for young writers as well as adults. This year’s contest opens April 1. All entries must be received by June 15.
The youth contest is open to all Kansas students and to student members of KAC. Writers will compete with others at their age level in five divisions, Grades 1-2; Grades 3-4; Grades 5-6; Grades 7-8; and Grades 9-12. The categories include, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Spoken Word Poetry. The winning entries (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention) of each category and age division will be published in a book. Each writer with work included will receive a copy. Additionally, awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the October convention in Wichita.
The adult contest offers a Poetry division and a Prose division. 2019 Poetry categories include Theme (“Hook ‘em and Book ‘em!), Classical forms, Free verse, Narrative poetry, Whimsy, Japanese forms, Performance (spoken word), and a special category for New Poets.
The 2019 Prose categories include Theme (“Hook ‘em and Book ‘em!), Humor, Memoir or Inspirational, Flash Fiction, Stories Written for Teenagers, Short Story, Playwriting, and First Chapter of a Book–unpublished.
For the first time, there is a special category available for Author’s Blogs or Web Sites. To enter this contest, authors must submit the URL of a website they maintain, a “mission statement” describing the purpose of that website, direct links to at least 3 entries or pages that the author would like to highlight, and a short paragraph detailing how and where the site is publicized and promoted.
Each year Kansas Authors Club also sponsors contests for members who have published books during the previous months. Winners of each book contest are awarded cash prizes of $100.
The Kansas Authors Club Children’s Book Award was created in 2018 to honor the best book written with an audience of children in mind.
“It Looks Like a Million” is an award which focuses on the aesthetics of a book published by a Kansas Authors Club member. The book will be judged on cover design, interior formatting and design, and over-all look and feel of the book.
The Martin Kansas History Book Award was created in 2018 as a tribute to Gail Lee Martin, who was KAC State Archivist from 1995-2005. This book award is open exclusively for books about Kansas history by KAC members.
Created by Raymond and Margaret Nelson in 2002, the Nelson Poetry Book Award recognizes the year’s best poetry book by a Kansas Authors Club poet.
The J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award was established by Mrs. Bertha Coffin to honor the memory of her husband after his death in 1978. It is intended to honor the best published book for the year written by a member of Kansas Authors Club.
This entry is cross-posted at: annchristinefell.com
District 7 of Kansas Authors Club is sponsoring a writing contest for all writers above the age of 18 and living in Kansas, unless they are a member of KAC who lives in another state. You do not need to be a KAC member to enter. Entrants may write about any subject they choose in either prose or poetry. Small money prizes will be awarded. For rules for prose and poetry and length of entry go to <www.kansasauthors.org> and click on contests. Fee for entering is $2 per entry. Only, typed copies of entries will be accepted. Do not send by email. Send entry to Sheryl Brenn, 892 Country Rd. O, Levant, KS 67743-9200. Final date to enter is May 18, 2019. Call 785-586-2384 or 785-269-7123 for more information.
District 7 Announces Writing Contest - Open to all members and writers residing in kansas - deadline for entry may 18, 2019, postmarked
ANNOUNCING WRITING CONTEST
Members of the 7th District of Kansas Authors Club will be sponsoring a writing contest for the 7th District Gathering to be held in Colby on Saturday, June 8 in the Pioneer Memorial Library at 11:00 a.m. The Library is at 375 W. Fourth Street in Colby. It will be a catered luncheon meeting and contest winners will be invited to attend and read their winning entries to the group.
Ronda Miller, president of Kansas Authors Club, will be the featured speaker at the meeting.
Contest Chairman is Sheryl Brenn, at 892 Country Rd. 0, Levant, KS 67743-9200, Phone 785-586-2384.
The contest is for either prose or poetry entries and is for writers 18 years of age or older. It can be about any subject the entrant wants to write about and must be their own work. Entries must not have been published in any other source.
District 7 includes most of Western Kansas but entrants don’t have to be a member of Dist. 7 or even a member of Kansas Author’s Club, but they do have to be living in Kansas unless they are a member of Kansas Author’s Club who has moved away.
They will be using the rules set by Kansas Authors Club for prose and poetry. Those rules can be found in the Kansas Authors Club year book or on the website. Small money prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners in both divisions and honorable mentions will receive certificates.
Judges will not be members of Kansas Authors Club. You can enter both prose and poetry but a charge of $2.00 must accompany each entry. Make checks payable to Dist. 7, Kansas Authors Club. Do not send cash.
Due to computer problems with last year’s entries, they are asking for a hard copy of your typed entry to be sent to the contest chairman by U.S. Mail no later than Saturday, May 18, 2019. Entries must be postmarked by that date. No email entries will be accepted. Do not put your name on the entry. Use a face sheet with your name, address, and phone number on it so it can be removed and your name will not be seen by the judges.
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