Bee a Champ!

Bee a Champ! If you enjoy spelling challenges, we hope you are considering competing in the Knoxville Writers’  Guild Second Annual Spelling Bee on Thursday September 7. Let’s say you are the person in your household whom everyone asks how to spell words that range syllabically from “feral” to “apocryphal” and you deliver the right […]

Knoxville Writers’ Guild is accepting submissions to fall writing contest

As autumn approaches, the concept of family moves closer to the center of our thoughts and activities. With this in mind, the Knoxville Writers’ Guild is opening its first Autumn Writing Contest with ‘Family’ as the theme. We invite submissions that examine the complex nature of families and our relationships and the bonds that join […]

Michael K. Smith Examines the Cross-Pollination of “Bees” and Books

The Spelling Bee in American Culture (excerpt) Michael K. Smith I’m Mike Smith, the Director of this year’s Knoxville Writers’ Guild Spelling Bee. I’ve become interested in researching the history of Spelling Bees and in particular the role of Spelling Bees in contemporary American culture. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the Scripps National Spelling […]

KWG: 2017 Writing Contest

Preamble “Home is where the heart is.” – Proverb “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.” – Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance As the shadows lengthen and the verdure of summer yellows and browns, thoughts turn to the approach of cooler weather, longer nights, and our families. For […]

KWG: 2017 Writing Contest Guidelines

2017  Knoxville Writers’ Guild Autumn Contest The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting submissions for the its first Autumn Knoxville Writers Guild Contest beginning August 31, 2017 through midnight, October 31, 2017. Contestants may enter their work in several categories including poetry, literary nonfiction and literary short fiction. There is also a Young Writers category in […]


Today the Knoxville Writers’ Guild Literary Contest continues its tradition of encouraging and celebrating East Tennessee writers.  The advancement of young writers and professional and literary development of writers of all ages are key goals of the Guild. Please look at the categories and enter your best work!

Knoxville Writers’ Guild 2016 Annual Contest Winners and Runners-up

Overall, this year’s contest was exceptionally successful. We saw an total increase in submissions this year from 112 entries last year to 139 entries this year. The Young Writers category saw tremendous interest this year up from six entries last year to 37 entries this year! We saw the next biggest increase of entries in the Poetry category from 22 entries last year to 42 this year. […]

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