28th Annual Kansas Voices Writing Contest Deadline
2017 Kansas Voices Writing Contest
PRIZES: Adult Division: $250 best poem, $250 best prose Youth Division: $100 best poem, $100 best prose
Category Winners and Honorable Mentions: $350 total plus a free copy of published book of winning entries
DEADLINE: Postmarked by March 10, 2017
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must live in Kansas. Writers competing in the Youth Division must be currently enrolled in high school or under the age of 18.
ENTRIES: Unpublished poetry in either traditional or free verse. Unpublished prose in creative non-fiction, young adult, short story fiction, science fiction/fantasy, or mystery. Limit one entry per genre in prose category. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Writers must notify us immediately if an entry has been accepted elsewhere. Any single entry must be no longer than 4,500 words. All entrants will be notified of the contest winners. MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY. Type entries on one side only of 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper (12 pt or larger). Poems may be single spaced, but prose must be double-spaced and a word limit of 4,500. Clear photocopies are acceptable. A copy of the completed entry form must accompany the entries. Titles of all works entered must be listed on the entry form. THE WRITER’S NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON THE MANUSCRIPTS. $4 for each poem or prose submission. Authors may enter as many times as they wish in poetry category. A $25 fee will be charged for all checks returned NSF.
JUDGING: Entries will be judged entirely on literary merit. Past judges have been Kevin Rabaas, Ann Fell, Thomas G. Reischel, Nancy Sturm, John Scaggs, Diane Wahto, Carol Martin, and several other experienced literary professionals. Announcement of this year’s judges will not be made until after the winners have been announced.
WINNERS: Winners will be notified by April 7, 2017 and will be honored and invited to read at a special presentation at Baden Square, 700 Gary, Winfield, May 6, 2017. Winning entries may be published by the Kansas Voices contest, however, writers retain all rights.
REMEMBER: YOU ARE ONLY KNOWN BY A NUMBER TO THE JUDGES. ALL WINNERS ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE JUDGES AND WINFIELD ARTS & HUMANITIES HAS NO SAY IN MAKING THE FINAL DECISION.