2018 WNBA Writing Contest

Writing Pen and PaperNow accepting submissions through March 1, 2018

Fiction | Creative Non-fiction/ Memoir | Poetry | YA Fiction 

$250 cash prizes for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman.

For more information, including Submission fees and guidelines, visit our national website and click on the Awards and Contests tab.

WNBA Writing Contest Deadline Extended

Writing Pen and PaperThe deadline for the WNBA Annual Writing Contest has been extended to February 15, 2017. Entries are currently being accepted in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, and Poetry. For more information, visit the National website, Awards & Contests.

Writing Contest Closes January 15, 2017

Writing Pen and PaperSubmissions are being accepted through January 17, 2017, for the 5th annual WNBA Writing Contest.

Awards

  • First place winners receive $250
  • There will be four awards in each category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention
  • All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman
  • Winners announced May 1, 2017. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website

Categories

Fiction:
3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

Poetry:
3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Submit your work online here

$15 per submission for members, $20 per submission for non-members.

WNBA Writing Contest

Writing Pen and PaperSubmissions are being accepted now through January 17, 2017, for the 5th annual WNBA Writing Contest.

Awards

  • First place winners receive $250
  • There will be four awards in each category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention
  • All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman
  • Winners announced May 1, 2017. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website

Categories

Fiction:
3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

Poetry:
3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Submit your work online here

$15 per submission for members, $20 per submission for non-members.

WNBA Writing Contest Now Open

 

Writing contest WNBA-Nashville chapterEntries are being accepted now through January 15, 2017, for the Fifth Annual WNBA Writing Contest. Categories are:

Fiction:
Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction – 3,000 words maximum.

Nonfiction:
Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary.
2,500 words maximum.

Poetry:
3-5 pages of poetry.

WNBA members: $15 per entry
Non-members: $20 per entry

Submit your entries here.
For more information about the writing contest, judges, and past winners, check out our national website.

2015-16 Writing Contest Winners

Writing Pen and PaperThe results of the 2015-16 Writing Contest are in. Thank you to all the writers who submitted their work for consideration, and congratulations to our winners! First place winners in each category are:

Poetry
Gail Entrekin (Orinda, California) for “Before Making Love”

Fiction
Nina Smith (North Charleston, South Carolina) for “Chef”

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir
Wendy Brown-Baez (Columbia Heights, Minnesota) for “Pilgrimage”

To read more about the contest, including second and third place winners in each catergory, check out our national website.

Fourth Annual WNBA Writing Contest

Writing contest WNBA-Nashville chapterEntries are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual WNBA Writing Contest. Categories are:

Fiction:
Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction. 2,500-3,000 words maximum.

Nonfiction:
Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary.
2,500 words maximum.

Poetry:
3-5 pages of poetry.

WNBA members: $15 per entry
Non-members: $20 per entry

Submit your entries here.
For more information about the writing contest and past winners, check out our national website.

WNBA 2014-2015 Annual Writing Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2014-2015 Annual Writing Contest!

Poetry: Diane Whitney for “Curiosity”

Fiction: Allison Har-zvi for “If You’re Ready”

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir: Diane Kraynak for “Science Project”

Special thanks to the contest Chairperson, Joan Gelfand and the judges Ellen Bass, Michelle Hoover,  and Dierdre Blair for their hard work! Read the full press release here: http://www.wnba-books.org/contest

WNBA Writing Contest Ends January 15, 2015

Writing Pen and PaperThere’s still time to enter the WNBA Annual Writing Contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman–the national newsletter of the WNBA. First place winners receive $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman. Open to all writers 18 or older writing in English.

2014 Entry Fee: WNBA Members: $15 per entry Non-Members: $20 per entry

All submissions and payments are through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, please inform the contest judge if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work accepted. If work is accepted elsewhere please contact the Contest Chair: joan@joangelfand.com.

We are accepting submissions in the following categories:
Creative Nonfiction: Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary. 2,500 words maximum.
Poetry: 3 – 5 pages of poetry.
Fiction: Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction. 2,500 – 3,000 maximum.

Submit your work: wnba.submittable.com/submit

WNBA contest page: www.wnba-books.org/contest

Contest Ends January 15, 2015

WNBA Third Annual Writing Contest Is Open

Writing Pen and PaperWe are seeking your best work for our national writing contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman–the national newsletter of the WNBA. First place winners receive $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman. Open to all writers 18 or older writing in English. Read previous winners on our website.

2014 Entry Fee: WNBA Members: $15 per entry Non-Members: $20 per entry

All submissions and payments are through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, please inform the contest judge if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work accepted. If work is accepted elsewhere please contact the Contest Chair: joan@joangelfand.com.

Creative Nonfiction: Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary. 2,500 words maximum.

Poetry: 3 – 5 pages of poetry.

Fiction: Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction. 2,500 – 3,000 maximum.

Submit your work: wnba.submittable.com/submit

WNBA contest page: www.wnba-books.org/contest

Contest Ends January 15, 2015

Judges:

Fiction Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst writer-in-residence at Brandeis University and also teaches writing at GrubStreet, where she co-founded the Novel Incubator, a year-long intensive in the novel. Her debut, The Quickening, was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and is a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read” pick. For more, go to www.michelle-hoover.com.

Creative Nonfiction Deirdre Bair received a National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography (1978). Her biographies of Simone de Beauvoir and C. G. Jung were finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her biographies of Anaïs Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were chosen by the New York Times as “Best Books of the Year,” and her biography of Jung won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

Poetry Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA Editions) which won the Lambda Literary Award. For more, go to www.ellenbass.com.