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KWA 2010 Prose & Poetry Competition

Postmark Deadline -- Nov. 30, 2010


All entries must be original and unpublished work.

Adult Division

First Chapter of a Novel
2,500 word limit (if the chapter is longer, send only the opening 2,500 words).

Short Fiction
Any subject, 2,000 word limit.

Article, essay, memoir or other non-fiction, any subject, 2,500 word limit.

Short Stories for Youth -- written for ages 17 & under
2,000 word limit, illustrations optional.

Rhymed or unrhymed. Denote style. 40-line limit.

Youth Division (18 & younger)

Any subject, 2,000 word limit.

Rhymed or unrhymed. Denote style. 40-line limit.

Entry Fees

  • Adult Member - $10 per entry
  • Adult Nonmember (over 18) - $15 per entry
  • College students (full time, any age)—$5
  • Youth (Grade K-12) - $2.50 per entry


  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $50
  • 3rd Place: $25

Honorable Mention certificates will be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Questions? Email contest@kwawriters.org

Entry Formatting

  • Entries should be typed or computer printed using 12-point Times New Roman font on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper.
  • Single-sided printing only. Double space prose. Single space poetry.
  • Attach a cover page with name, title, category, address, and email for each entry. Omit name from pages of work to be judged.
  • Include title and page number on each page of work to be judged.

Judging and Critiques

Entrants’ work will be judged on literary merit and judges’ decisions will be final. All places may not be awarded.

Categories with less than five entries will not be judged. If a category is not judged, entries and fees will be returned to those who entered it.

Entries will be graded down for poor grammar or disregard for common writing practices. Consider having your entries proofread. Disregard for the rules will not be condoned.

The entry and judge’s critique sheet will be returned if a properly sized, self-addressed envelope with adequate postage is included. If only the critique is desired, enclose an SASE, #10 envelope, with entry.

Please, no obscene or X-rated material. If you aren’t sure about the suitability of your work, don’t submit it.

Mail entries to:
Ray “Grizzly” Racobs
401 N. Lorraine
Wichita, KS 67214
Attn: KWA Contest

Questions? Email contest@kwawriters.org

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