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2015 Writing Contests

Congratulations to Karen Harris, 2014 editor's pick for Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction. Her essay, "Aging Out of Certainty," found in this year's anthology, won the grand prize of free tuition to the 2015 NCW Conference in March!

Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2014 NCW Contest Winners is now available on Amazon and at our CreateSpace e-store


2015 Contests Are Under Way!

NOW OPEN: Short Fiction  
DEADLINE: March 31, 2015
The short story can be in any genre or style and should have broad appeal. See below for word count and style guidelines. The final judge for this year's short fiction competition is award-winning author and Pushcart editor Robert McBrearty. 

Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction 
SUBMISSION PERIOD: April 1-June 30, 2015
The personal essay can be in any form or style, and should be evocative, thought-provoking, and sincere--and if it's humorous too, even better. See below for word count and style guidelines. Our final judge in this category is the 2014 Colorado Book Award winner for Creative Nonfiction, BK Loren.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: July 1-September 30, 2015
Poems can be in any style, up to 250 lines. Submit up to three poems per entry fee in this category (see submission formatting instructions below). The final judge for poetry is Colorado's new Poet Laureate, Joseph Hutchison

Read more: 2015 Writing Contests

Top of the Mountain Book Award


Two Categories:

Fiction & Creative/Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission: September 15, 2014 to February 1, 2015


PRIZE: $1,000

Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 1, 2015 and the winners will be announced in March 27, 2015 during dinner at the NCW 10th Anniversary Writers Conference. Attendance at the conference is not required.

Read more: Top of the Mountain Book Award

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