WNBA’s 3rd Annual Writing Contest – DEADLINE, Thursday, January 15th


Don’t miss WNBA’s 3rd Annual Writing Contest!

Fiction * Nonfiction * Poetry

Deadline Thursday, January 15

Submit Entry Here

* Online submissions only

* Unpublished work only (Previously published work is acceptable if the journal/website

had under 5,000 circulation.)

* Fiction: 3,000 word max. (Includes flash fiction, short fiction and novel excerpts.

Novel excerpts must be stand-alone. Do not include explanations, synopses or back story.)

* Nonfiction: 2,500 word max. (Includes essay, commentary, memoir.)

* Poetry: 3-5 pages maximum

* WNBA Members: $15 per entry/Non-Members: $20 per entry

* $250 cash prize and publication in a special contest anthology of The Bookwoman,

the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association


This year’s fiction judge is Michelle Hoover, the Fannie Hurst writer-in-residence at Brandeis University. Nonfiction judge is National Book Award winner, Deirdre Bair. Poetry judge is Ellen Bass, award-winning author of Like a Beggar and The Human Line


Read what previous winners have said about winning this prestigious writing contest:


I can’t think of anything that helps to get a poetry editor to carefully consider work more than reading in the submission letter that the poet has won a national award.

~ Ellaraine Lockie (2012/13 poetry winner)


Since winning this award, I had a workshop proposal accepted for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and I have had poems accepted at several journals. Thank you WNBA!”

~ Rebecca Hart Olander (2013/14 poetry winner)

WNBA website contest page. Download contest flyer here.

Questions? Contact: joan@joangelfand.com.

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The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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