Deadline Extended to March 15! Winners to be announced early May 2012
W@W announces the return of its full Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Awarded in each category:
First Prize: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2012 conference and a manuscript consultation during the conference with one of the visiting editors or agents.
Two Honorable Mentions: $250.
• Any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume of original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript.
• Unpublished work only. Work appearing in online journals is considered published. Work on personal websites or blogs is considered unpublished.
• Previous winners are not eligible in the genre in which they have won.
• Board members are prohibited from submitting manuscripts during their tenure on the board.
• Current and former students of the judges are ineligible to submit in those categories.*
• You may enter multiple submissions per category and/or submissions in multiple categories. A reading fee is required for each entry.
$20 per entry.
Submissions open January 2 and close March 15.
• Submission must have all identifying information removed. If your name appears on the submission, your entry will be disqualified.
• Please submit your work through our online submission manager. First, pay the $20 reading fee via paypal here:
You will then be redirected to our submission manager to submit your manuscript.
• W@W Fellowship Competition no longer accepts paper submissions.
• Submissions must be in PDF, DOC, or RTF format.
Fiction judged by Debra Monroe
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished short story or novel excerpt (must read as a complete story) up to 5,000 words (20-page maximum). Please submit only one work per entry.
Literary Nonfiction judged by Steve Almond
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished essay up to 5,000 words (20-page maximum). Please submit only one work per entry.
Poetry judged by Heather McHugh
Submit up to six unpublished poems (10-page maximum).
First, pay the $20 reading fee here:
You will then be redirected to our submission manager.
*Contest Code of Ethics
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. Intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree (1) to conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.