Enter as many of the following contests as you wish.

Entries must be received before the deadline to be considered.
See Contest Guidelines for more information, like how to submit your entries and other fun facts.

KWG: 2016 Writing Contest

Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.

Guidelines: 

Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.

Please, include the word count on the cover sheet.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee - Members: 
$0.00
Entry Fee - Non-Members: 
$30.00
novel
Winners

Winner

The Fastest Girl in Red Hook

Second

Thoughts of Vandalism

Third

Doldrums

Poetry

Guidelines: 

Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

See General Guidelines.

Entry Fee - Members: 
$0.00
Entry Fee - Non-Members: 
$30.00
poetry
Winners

Winner

Permanence Has Nothing to Do with Love

Second

Reflections

Third

For Us Who Overslept In the City of Six-Million

Nonfiction

Guidelines: 

Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.

Entry Fee - Members: 
$0.00
Entry Fee - Non-Members: 
$30.00
nonfiction
Winners

Winner

Getting On, Getting By

Second

Do Not Go Gently into That PE Class

Third

The Kiss

Short Fiction

Guidelines: 

Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words.

Entry Fee - Members: 
$0.00
Entry Fee - Non-Members: 
$30.00
fiction
Elizabeth Gentry
Elizabeth Gentry’s debut novel Housebound was published in 2013 by Lake Forest College’s &NOW Books, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. The novel was awarded the 2012 Madeleine Plonsker Emerging Writer Award judged by novelist and fairy tale advocate Kate Bernheimer, and was a finalist for the 2014 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Award. Short work has appeared in So to Speak, Confrontation, The Collagist, and Third Coast. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Elizabeth lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she teaches for the University of Tennessee English Department. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently serves as a Senior Prose Editor for Tupelo Quarterly.
Winners

Winner

Eulogy for Great-Aunt Pearl

Second

Crybaby

Third

Uncovered

Young Writers

Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee.

Guidelines: 

Entry consists of one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

OR
Up to a maximum of three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.  Poems will be judged as a collection.

Do not include any identifying information on stories themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):
    -School name
    -School address
    -School phone number

Please contact KWG if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes, by going to the Contact page and select Contest Questions under Category,.

Entry Fee - Members: 
$0.00
Entry Fee - Non-Members: 
$0.00
youth
Winners

Winner

Revelations

Second

New Daddy

Third

3:47am, Laundry Day, Awful Irony

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P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville TN 37939-0326

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