First Annual WNBA National Writing Contest Seeking Submissions
The Women’s National Book Association is accepting submissions for its first annual Writing Contest. The WNBA is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Its membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books.
After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women and others in the field, WNBA has decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers.
Please send only your highest caliber work.
Submission Period: 1 June–1 November 2012
Fiction 2,500 word limit–may be a short story, or a stand alone excerpt from a novel in progress.
Poetry: 35 line limit–or one page double spaced
Previously unpublished work only.
Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted.
Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format)
The winner will be announced April 1, 2013. Contest results will be posted online on this page.
Fiction: Valerie Martin. Valerie is an award-winning author (Kafka Prize, Orange Prize) with nine novels, three short story collections and one biography. Her website is: www.valeriemartinonline.com/
Poetry: Julie Kane, Poet Laureate, Louisiana, 2011–2013. Julie has authored six books, including three collections of poetry, one volume of non-fiction, and two edited anthologies. Her website is: www.juliekanepoet.com
Entry: 3 poems or 1 short story.
WNBA Members: $10 per entry
Non-Members: $15 per entry
Multiple submissions will be accepted.
Prize: $250 cash prize and publication in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with ten chapters nationwide. Proceeds from the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.
Jess Ptak is a Master of Arts candidate in English Literature at Mercy College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Jess lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, where she enjoys crafting handmade stationery and spending time with her husband and daughter.