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2015 Writing Contests

Congratulations to Our 2015 Short Fiction Winners!!

1st: "Indigena" by Edward Hamlin ~ Boulder, CO
2nd: "A Room with a Tree" by Michael Twist ~ Boring, OR
3rd: "Some Shared Sky" by Chelsey K. Shannon ~ New Orleans, LA
HM: "Prison Games" by Josh Chaffin ~ Canon City, CO
HM: "Women with Large Dogs" by John Tait ~ Flower Mound, TX
HM: "Reading Water" by Carol Smith ~ Kirkland, WA
HM: "Red Hat, Yellow Hat, Blue Hat, Green Hat" by Andrew Lloyd-Jones ~ New York, NY


NOW OPEN: Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction 
DEADLINE: 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

CLOSED: Short Fiction  
SUBMISSION PERIOD: January 1-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 contributing editor Robert McBrearty.

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


Congratulations to the 2015 Top of the Mountain finalists!
PRIZE: $1000

Larkin Edwin Greer, Two Worlds of Lilli Deville, (Mainstream)
Mary Hyde, IvyStine, (YA)
Angela Penland, Cherry Bomb (YA)
Edward Hamlin, Grace (Literary)

PRIZE: $300

Mary Roberts, Ordinary Damage
Jerry Eckert, Weeping Kings and Wild Boars: Moment of Magic and Sorrow from Forty Years Trying to Save the World
Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, Mango Rash: Survival Lessons in the Land of Frangipani and Fanta
Phillip Hurst, Barman: A Spirit Journey


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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