The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting submissions for the 2018 Annual Knoxville Writers Guild Contest beginning March 31, 2018 through midnight, June 30, 2018.

Contestants may enter their work in several categories:

  • Short Fiction
  • Novel Excerpt
  • Poetry
  • Literary Non-Fiction
  • Young Writers

Please consult the General Contest Guidelines for information on submissions, as well as the guidelines outlining requirements specific to each category.
Please direct questions regarding the contest to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org.

Short Fiction

Guidelines:
Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words. See General Guidelines for additional instructions.
Member Entry
Non-Member Entry: $30

Novel Excerpt

Guidelines:
Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
See General Guidelines.
Member Entry
Non-Member Entry: $30

 

Poetry

Guidelines:
Entry consists of no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered on the same submission, poems will be judged as a collection. There are no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.
See General Guidelines.
Member Entry
Non-Member Entry: $30

 

Literary Nonfiction

Guidelines:
Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.
See General Guidelines.
Member Entry
Non-Member Entry: $30

Young Writers
Open to all students grades 7 through 12 of Knox and adjoining counties.

Guidelines:
Fiction: Entry consists of one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
Nonfiction: Entry consists of essay totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
Poetry: Up to a maximum of three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.  Poems should be submitted as a single document. Poems will be judged as a collection.

Do not include any identifying information on the submissions themselves.

If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following information in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines:

  • School Name

Please contact us if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.
Young Writer Entry