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Houston Writers Guild’s 2015 Spring Contest is back!

Open Submissions December 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Contest is open to all writers (regardless of publishing status) with original unpublished work.  First place in each category wins $75.  Winners will be announced at the HWG 2015 Spring Conference.  Everyone will receive score sheets with feedback via email after the winners are announced.

 

Contest Categories
 
MG/YA/NA
Mainstream/Contemporary/Historical
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Romance/Women’s Fiction
SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal
Memoir/Nonfiction
Short Story
Poetry

HWG reserves the right to cancel a category if an insufficient number entries are received.

Fees

Entry fee:  $25 HWG members / $30 non-members (US funds paid through PayPal below or by check to HWG, P.O. Box 42255, Houston, TX 77242)

Multiple entries:  $15 for subsequent entry  Please note that each manuscript can only be entered once.  Additional entries must be from different manuscripts.  More than one manuscript can be entered in the same category or in different categories.

Poetry Fee:  $15 HWG members / $20 non-members (US funds paid through PayPal below or by check to HWG, P.O. Box 42255, Houston, TX 77242)

Multiple poetry entries:  $10 for subsequent entry. Please note that each manuscript can only be entered once.  Additional entries must be from different manuscripts.  More than one manuscript can be entered in the same category or in different categories.

Formatting

*  Entries:  The first 3000 words of your original, unpublished work saved as a DOC file.  A synopsis or proposal (up to 500 words) should be included at the beginning of the document.  The synopsis/proposal will be judged.  The entire submission cannot exceed 3500 words.

*  Poetry Submissions:  One poem up to three pages in length or a collection of four haiku per submission

*  One inch margins, double spaced, font:  Times New Roman 12.

*  Header: category, title and page number.

*  File name should be in the following format:  GENRE_TITLE (ex. YA_THE FAULT IN OUR STARS)

*  Author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on pages submitted.

* Failure to follow the contest rules and formatting guidelines will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.


HWG 2015 Spring Contest: Manuscript




HWG 2015 Spring Contest: Poetry



How to Enter

Email your entry to: HWGContest@gmail.com

In the body of your email, include: Author Name, Title, Amount paid and method of payment.

Deadline to enter is March 1, 2015 at midnight CST.

Questions about the contest?  Email HWGContest@gmail.com.

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HWG LOGO FinalHouston Writers Guild 2014 Fall Writing Contest – Closed

Winners to be Announced at Fall Conference, November 8th

First place in each category wins $75. Winners will be announced at the 2014 Houston Writers Guild Fall Conference. Everyone will receive score sheets with feedback via email after the winners are announced.

Winners of the Fall 2014 Writing Contest

Mainstream

  1. What Remains Behind by Rodney Walther
  2. Miracle on Wolf Hollow Lane by Deane Gremmel
  3. A House Divided by Kip Sieger

Nonfiction/Memoir

  1. Sibling Revelries, by Mary Jo Martin
  2. Email From a Sista Abroad, by Tracey Hebert-Seck
  3. Biography Year, by Margaret Montet

MG/YA/NA

  1. The Shadow Man, by Ariane Felix
  2. Infirm, by Christina Morales
  3. Palisade, by Jacqueline Lipton

Poetry

  1. A Farewell Not Forgotten, by A.J. Pullin
  2. Savasana, Gay Yellen
  3. Tap Tap Tickity Clack, by Meg Lewis
  4. Waving to Strangers, by Hunter Wakefield

Romance/WF

1 -Caught Up, by Alicia Huddleston

Tie for second place:

2 -The Oys & Joys, by Marcia Feldt

2 -Saving Christmans, by Beabe Thompson

3 – The Heretic’s Daughter, by Jessica Trapp

Short Story

  1. Bargaining, by Patricia Flaherty Pagan
  2. Booly by John Schwabenland
  3. Third Friday in February, by Mary Kay Jennings
  4. Laisser, by Jim DuLaney

Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy

  1. Reliant Service, by Regina Morris
  2. The Body Next Door, by Gay Yellen
  3. The Terminal Chip, by Alice Garber
  4. Misconceptions, by Tina Winograd

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2014 HWG Annual Genre MS Contest Winners (below)–Congratulations!

ALL ENTRANTS AND WINNERS WILL RECEIVE THEIR SCORE SHEETS WITHIN A WEEK BY EMAIL First-place winners will receive a certificate and check via mail as well as an opportunity for a 10-minute phone consult with the judge, if they weren’t at the conference to claim their prize. Children’s/YA/NA 1. TIE Crash Landing: Sharon Morse Knockdown: Brenda Beem 2. Halfling: Jacqueline Lipton 3. The Campus Turf Wars: Shelley Daly Mainstream/Contemporary 1. The Indian Half: Alexandra Chasse 2. American Freefall: Sharon Dotson 3. The Oys and Joys: Marcia Feldt Bates Mystery/Suspense/Thriller 1. Takeover: Millie Naylor Hast 2. Without Issue: P.M. Dietrich 3. The Memory Box: Eva Natiello Romance/Women’s Fiction 1. Too Hot to Handle: Heather Young 2. A Lie in a Cafe: Rachel Gillett 3. The Life and Crimes of Blue Sheffield: T.L. Sherwood SciFi/Fantasy 1. Lisette: John Schwabenland 2. Once a Pirate: Vidya Gopolakrishna 3. Evil’s Unlikely Assassin: Jennifer Windrow Memoir/NonFiction 1. Running in Heels: Mary Ann McNulty 2. Between the Knife and the Sock: Inder Sandhu 3. Crossing to the Heart: Chandi Wyant