A New Call for Entries will Begin in Spring 2020 – Below is the 2019 Details

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Categories: Poetry, Micro Fiction, First Page, Memoir

Prizes: Cash Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places in each category. In addition, Best of Show will receive a complimentary pass to a future Rochester Writers’ Conference.

Opens: April 15, 2019

Deadline:  August 15, 2019

Eligibility Rules: All work submitted must be original and previously unpublished. It must be submitted online or by U.S. Mail by the deadline. Author retains all rights. Rochester Writers’ will not publish any submitted work without permission, but retains the right to publish any and all of the authors’ names and titles of work. Open to all writers. Anyone under the age of 18 must submit written approval from a legal guardian. All submissions must be in English. Only the title, body of work, and category shall be on the front of the page. If submitting by mail: Contact information must be on the back of page (name, address, email, phone, and word count) of entry. If submitting electronically: Contact information must be on a separate page from the entry. All electronic entries must be in a Microsoft WORD DOC or in the text body of the email (do not send PDF files). Winners will be announced at the Fall 2019 Rochester Writers’ Conference. Prizes and Certificates will be awarded at the event or mailed out after. Winners in attendance may read their work to the conference attendance at a specified time.

Description of Categories:

  • Margo LaGattuta Poetry Submission: 100 words or fewer, any style, one complete poem.
  • Micro Fiction “The Story of One” Submission: 100 words or fewer, one word title, one protagonist, one use of the word “one” in the story (used only once and not for the title), and should be one complete short story.
  • First Page of Novel Submission: 250 words or fewer, the first page of a novel.
  • How My Pet Makes Me a Better Person Memoir: 200-400 words, first-person, non-fiction. From personal experience, tell the true story of how a pet animal has made you a better person.

Word Count: Limit is for the body of work only and does not count toward title of work.

Category: Indicate the category for your entry.

Entry in the 2019 has Ended – Winners will be Announced at the October 19 Conference at Oakland University – a New Contest will be Offered in 2020.

Entry Fees: Once submitted, entry fees are non-refundable. Please review the rules BEFORE submission. Payment indicates you are in agreement with the rules of this contest.

Judging: Independent judges will judge the separate Categories. Then the first place winners from each category will go in front of a different panel of judges to pick the Best of Show.