Fellowship Competition

The Writers @ Work Annual Fellowship Competition is a great opportunity for emerging writers to have their work vetted by a talented panel of judges, well-known in their respective fields.

W@W is pleased to announce its annual 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 2014 conference*;
  • Featured reading at the conference.
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  • Unpublished work only.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  Work on personal websites or blogs is considered unpublished;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.
Submission Guidelines
  • Your 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 submissions manager. The submissions manager keeps a record of your name, contact information, and submitted texts, which are kept blind from the readers and judges.
  • W@W Fellowship Competition no longer accepts paper submissions.
Genre Specific Guidelines
Fiction judged by Michael Martone
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished short story or novel excerpt (must read as a complete story on its own) up to 5,000 words (20-page maximum).  Do not include a novel synopsis. Submit only one work per entry.
Literary Nonfiction judged by Robin Hemley
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished essay up to 5,000 words (20-page maximum).  Submit only one work per entry.
Poetry judge Ellen Bass
Submit up to six unpublished poems (10-page maximum).
Reading Fee
$25 per entry
Submissions open November 15, 2013 and close January 15, 2014.
Submit your fellowship competition entry with the Writers@Work Online Submissions Manager.
*Conference is June 4-8, 2014 at Alta Lodge, Alta, UT. First place winners in each genre receive tuition only. Travel, room, board, and other expenses are the responsibility of the individual.
**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.

Awarded in each category:
First Prize:

Two Honorable Mentions:
$25 per entry
Submit your fellowship competition entry with the Writers@Work Online Submissions Manager._____________________________________________

Poetry ∞ Fiction ∞ Nonfiction

First place in each genre receives:
publication in Quarterly West,
a featured reading,
tuition for 2013 conference*

Two honorable mentions in each category awarded $250
Poetry: Katharine Coles
Fiction: John Dufresne
Nonfiction: Christopher Merrill

Fee: $20/submission ∞ Deadline: March 1, 2013
Online submissions only. Contest opens January 1, 2013.

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