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These contests are now open to the public. 
See the new rules, awards, and fee schedule below!

The Alaska Writers Guild is pleased to announce a NEW Quarterly Writing Contest, open to AWG Members and the public. These awards, described below, will be announced and presented at the monthly meeting or event following the quarterly contest deadline. 

Awards Will Be Given to the Top Three Entries

  First Place:       $100
 Second Place:  $60
Third Place:     $30

All entrants will receive a copy of their scoresheet and judge's feedback  for each submission.

Contest Genres

***Entries must be received by midnight on the date specified below:

 Genre for Entries  Due Winners Announced 
Nonfiction/ Memoir  TBA March 
Fiction (all genres)
Children's Literature
Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult)

Poetry (all forms)


- AWG Members:  First entry is FREE, $10 for each additional entry (up to three (3) total entries per contest).

- Non Members: $25 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry (up to three (3) total entries per contest)


1. REGISTER for the contest. Click your selection below to register for the contest you wish to submit for. You may enter up to three (3)  entries per quarterly contest, noting the costs per entry above. You must register for each entry even if you are a member. 

Nonfiction/Memoir: Opens January 16, entries due March 8

Fiction: Opens March 9, entries due June 7

Children's Literature: Opens June 8, entries due August 30

Poetry: Opens August 31, entries due November 29

2. Format your contest submission(s) as a .doc, .docx, or PDF document. Use Times New Roman type, 12 point fontdouble-spaced, with 1" margins 

3. In the header of your first page, note the title, genre, and word countIn the header of each subsequent page, note the title and page number. DO NOT include your name or any other personal information in the header or body of your submission.

4. All entries must be no longer than five pages, double-spaced. Your submission may either be a complete short story or the beginning of a longer work. If it is the beginning of a longer work, please include "excerpt" in the heading and/or as part of the title.

5. Fiction or Nonfiction/Memoir: If you wish, you may also note the sub-genre of your entry alongside your genre, such as "Nonfiction/Historical," or "Fiction/Romance." 

5. Children's Literature can be the text for a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult manuscript. Alongside your genre on the first page, please note which sub-genre of children's literature your submission fits, such as "Children's Literature/Picture Book."

6. Poetry: ALL forms of Poetry are accepted, and must not be longer than five pages, following the format guidelines noted above. 

7. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published.

8. Do not include art, any picture inserts, or attach any other embellishment files.

10. Forward your registration email with your entry document(s) as an attachment  to: AlaskaWritersGuild.AWG@gmail.comChange the subject of the email to "AWG QUARTERLY WRITING CONTEST ENTRY". In the body of your email, list the TITLE(S) of the entry/entries you are submitting.


- Entries containing any reference (or hint) to the author's identity within the submitted  story.

- Obscene, offensive, defamatory, or libelous material.      

- Late entries or entries not meeting the above criteria.  

All authors will receive an email as soon as possible after the scores have been tallied that includes their score sheets and any comments from the judges.

Thank you, and good luck!


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