Top of the Mountain Book Award

 

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Two Categories: Fiction & Creative, Narrative Nonfiction

Dates of submission: September 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016

$1,000 AWARDED TO EACH CATEGORY WINNER!




Finalists will be announced and notified on or around March 20, 2016 and the winners will be announced April 22, 2016 during dinner at the NCW 11th annual Writers Conference -- click here for more information!  Attendance at the conference is not required. 

 In memory of 2015 nonfiction winner and longtime NCW member, Jerry Eckert, a scholarhip fund has been set up in his honor. To learn more about his extraordinary life and to donate, please click here.

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2015 Writing Contests

Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2015 NCW Contest Winners is now available!

Winners' and Editor's Picks' copies are on their way (estimated delivery date of Dec. 21st), but you can order more now at Amazon.com.

 

2015 SHORT FICTION WINNERS
Judge: Robert Garner McBrearty

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 (Disqualified due to copyright issues)
HM: "Reading Water" by Carol Smith ~ Kirkland, WA
HM: "Red Hat, Yellow Hat, Blue Hat, Green Hat" by Andrew Lloyd-Jones ~ New York, NY

2015 PERSONAL ESSAY/CREATIVE NONFICTION WINNERS
Judge: BK Loren
1st: "Spider Silk" by Carol Smith ~ Kirkland, WA
2nd: "Chestnuts, 1955" by Bonnie Kidd ~ Ocean Springs, MS
3rd: "Notes on Machinery" by Kelly Martineau ~ Seattle, WA
HM: "Why I Love Pineapple Express" by Emma Atkinson ~ Houston, TX
HM: "The Only Woman in the Room" by Sarah Marty-Schlipf ~ Tremont, IL

2015 POETRY WINNERS
Judge:Joseph Hutchison
1st: "Klotho the Fibre Goddess Describes Fate" by Joanne M. Clarkson ~ Olympia, WA
2nd: "Town of Foolish Things" by Jennifer Givhan ~ Albuquerque, NM
3rd: "Vocabulary Lesson" by Don Hogle ~ New York, NY
HM: "Went Out for a While" by Ajay Manissery Konchery ~ Mumbai, India
HM: "When the Father of an Old Girlfriend Dies" by Zev Shanken

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