SLWG Contests

 

Deane Wagner Poetry Contest

- Deadline June 1

 

Young Writers Awards

- Deadline Nov 1

 

Annual Short Story Contest

- Deadline Dec 1

 

Check out Here's News! for more contests and submission calls.

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Here's News
SLWG's monthly newsletter

St. Louis Writers Guild Writing Contests!


Four major writing contests per year plus other opportunities when available! 

Annual Short Story Contest - Deane Wagner Poetry Contest - Young Writers Awards - 
MWG Conference Free Verse Poetry 

Submission guidelines and entry forms are below - Please follow all guidelines to prevent disqualification!

Entries are not accepted until the contest opens and all entries must be postmarked by the closing date.

Good luck!

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Annual Short Story Contest
First held in 1920
Opens October 1 
Deadline December 1 
Winners announced in January! 

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Young Writers Awards
Two Divisions, 4th-5th & 6th-8th grades
Opens August 1 
Deadline November 1 
Winners Announced at the 
SLWG Holiday Book Fair

A workshop about the Young Writers Awards Contest is held every year at Writers in the Park
Deane Wagner Poetry Contest 
Over two decades under its current name, 
and first held in 1921!
Opens April 1
Deadline June 1
Winners announced at Writers in the Park 

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Missouri Writers Guild 
Chapter Contest
Free Verse Poetry 
Opens January 1
Deadline Mar 1 
Winners announced at the 
MWG Conference in April. 
Congratulations to the winners of the 
2016 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest! 
1st: Gordon Smith. Timeless Stream
2nd: Barbara Blanks. Choosing Opals
3rd: Liz Neeley. The Girl
HM: Steven W. Langhorst. Belle Fontaine

1st: Gordon Smith. Timeless Stream
2nd: Barbara Blanks. Choosing Opals
3rd: Liz Neeley. The Girl
HM: Steven W. Langhorst. Belle Fontaine

1st Place - Timeless Stream by Gordon Smith

2nd Place - Choosing Opals by Barbara Blanks

3rd Place - The Girl by Liz Neeley

Honorable Mention - Belle Fontaine by Steven W. Langhorst


Many Thanks to our judge Dwight Bitikofer for selecting the winners! 


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1st: Gordon Smith. Timeless Stream
2nd: Barbara Blanks. Choosing Opals
3rd: Liz Neeley. The Girl
HM: Steven W. Langhorst. Belle Fontaine


1st "The Dolphin Story" Nidhi Aradhyula
2nd "Battle of the Dragon" Tamsin John
3rd "The Mysterious Planet" Avery Mattingly
hm "Something Missing, Something Found" Gwen Johnson
hm "Adventure" Neha Patlu

6th-8th
1st "The Adventures of Sir Up" Gummy Rizer
2nd "The Shadow Outside" Julia Pfeiffer
3rd "The Pirate Ship" Riya Aradhyula
hm "The Creature" Ciara Reichart
hm "Hand in Hand with Death" Taylor Noelle Johnson
hm "The Early Bird gets the Wormhole" Haley Brinker

Congratulations to the Winners of the

2016 Young Writers Awards

 

4th - 5th grade division

1st Place - "The Dolphin Story" by Nidhi Aradhyula

2nd Place - "Battle of the Dragon" by Tamsin John

3rd Place - "The Mysterious Planet" by Avery Mattingly

1st HM - "Something Missing, Something Found" by Gwen Johnson

2nd HM - "Adventure" by Neha Patlu

 

6th - 8th grade division 

1st Place - "The Adventures of Sir Up" by Gummy Rizer

2nd Place - "The Shadow Outside" by Julia Pfeiffer

3rd Place - "The Pirate Ship" by Riya Aradhyula

1st HM - "The Creature" by Ciara Reichart

2nd HM - "Hand in Hand with Death" by Taylor Noelle Johnson

3rd HM - "The Early Bird gets the Wormhole" by Haley Brinker


Many thanks to all who entered. 

There were so many great stories, it was difficult to choose. 

Keep Writing!

 


Winners of the 2016 Short Story Contest


First Place “Tempest” by Barbara Kietzer Roberts

Second Place “Plum Hill” by Jarrett Kaufman

Third Place “The Rhythmancer” by Nathan Beck


Honorable Mentions

“Black Magic” by Gordon Smith

“Guest Room” by John Frain

“The Great Chuck Berry Caper” by Gerry Mandel


Thank you to the Judge, Susan McBride


Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.


Hear the winning stories read at the March 13th Open Mic Night!

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Deane Wagner Poetry Contest

Opens April 1 - Deadline June 1

 

The Deane Wagner Poetry Contest was named to honor a long time member and poet who tragically passed away in the mid-nineties, but this contest has been an annual tradition of St. Louis Writers Guild since 1921. It is held each spring with First, Second, and Third Prizes and Honorable Mention awards presented in mid-summer. The contest seeks to discover exceptional, unpublished poems and to encourage poets through recognition and rewards.

 

St. Louis Writers Guild's Deane Wagner Poetry Contest opens for submission every April, the deadline is in June, and prizes are awarded at Writers in the Park.


Click on the PDF link below to download the complete submission guidelines.

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Deane Wagner Poetry Contest Judge for 2017 - Matthew Freeman

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Young Writers Awards

St. Louis Writers Guild's annual writing contest for kids!

 

Opens August 1 - Deadline November 1


*New Deadline* - all entries must be emailed or mailed on November 1

 

St. Louis Writers Guild has always believed in encouraging young writers. Throughout our history we have held contests for writers of all ages, and to continue that legacy we created the annual St. Louis Writers Guild’s Young Writers Awards. The contest officially opens on August 1st and will close on November 1st. Entries must be postmarked on or before November 1st.

 

Who is eligible? Any young writer may enter so long as they qualify for one of the two age groups. The young writers must be in 4th – 5th grade or 6th – 8th grades during the fall of the calendar year of the contest.

 

Write an original story that begins with the sentence: “It came from the fog...” The story may be scary, adventurous, humorous, or just plain fun. Judging will be based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

 

A separate contest entry form must be attached to every story you send us. You may download and photocopy the entry form. 

First sentence for the 2017 Young Writers Awards
The book had no words...
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Annual Short Story Contest


Opens October 1 - Deadline December 1

 

Since its founding in 1920, St. Louis Writers Guild has sponsored an annual short story contest. The contest is one of the oldest in the country, and is certainly one of the most prestigious. Tennessee Williams won first place in 1935 for his story, "Stella for Star."


Annual Short Story Contest opens for submissions every October, the deadline is in December, and prizes are awarded in January. Historically, entries have come from all across the nation and Canada. Stories are blind-judged by an expert in the fields of writing and literature.


Click on the pdf link below for submission guidelines and more information

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Missouri Writers Guild Chapter Sponsor Contest

Free Verse Poetry

 

More information to be posted soon, or visit the contest section of the Missouri Writers Guild Conference Website! 
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Past Winners of St. Louis Writers Guild Writing Contests! 
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Winners of the 2015 Young Writers Awards


First Place: Opie and the Thing by Isabelle Jackson-Cameron
Second Place: The Secret Sally Doll by Varsha Arun
Third Place: The Very Old Package by Josie Buescher
First Honorable Mention: The Tricky Genie by Kendall Gerling

Second Honorable Mention: Tires Can Destroy the House! by Abbie Dallmann

Third Honorable Mention: The Magical Backpack by Abbie Dallmann


This year's first sentence was: 
The next door neighbor gave me a package, and inside was...

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Winners of the 2015 Short Story Contest 


First Place: Tammy by JD Campbell

Second Place: To Survive by Stormy White

Third Place: Pyre by JM Templet

Fourth Place: White Shirts by Russell Mangum

First Honorable Mention: The Color of Skim Milk by Russell Mangum

Second Honorable Mention: Howell Island by WE Mueller


Thank you to this year's judge Meredith Tate!


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The Winners of the 2015 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest! 

First Place: From the Scorched Box by Gaye Gambell-Peterson

Second Place: Trinitite by Vincent Casaregola 

Third Place: Facts Sometime Muddle the Truth by Gail Eisenhart 

Honorable Mention: The Boy by Barbara Blanks 

Thank you to all who entered and to the Judge Kim Lazano!

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Winners of the 2014 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest! 


First Place - After Saramago by David Bond 
Second Place - Morning Wears Gray by Gaye Gambell-Peterson 
Third Place - Deckle-Edged by Catherine Rankovic


First Honorable Mention - The New Country by Catherine Rankovic 
Second Honorable Mention - White Night by David Bond 
Third Honorable Mention - To Another Young Artist by Catherine Rankovic


Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to this year's judge Steve Schroeder!


Over 50 poems were entered, and blindly judged, so we have to congratulate Catherine Rankovic. The first triple winner *that we know of* in the Deane Wagner Poetry Contest! 


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The winners of the 2014 Young Writers Awards! 
Opening Line: Something Strange Escaped the Zoo...

4th - 5th grade division 
First Place - The Hiss by Andi Siebeneck
Second Place – Fly by Christina Stabenaw

 

6th-8th grade division 
First Place – The Rally Squirrel by Will Hurley
Second Place – Finding Home by Allison Kelley
Third Place – A Surprising Discovery by Emma Story
Honorable Mention – Headlines Change by Tony Petruso
Honorable Mention – Monkey Business by Mia Davis
Honorable Mention – Day 4,052 by Adler Bowman 


Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the wonderful young writers who entered, all of them were really good! 


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4th - 5th
First Place - The Hiss by Andi Siebeneck 
Second Place – Fly by Christina Stabenaw 
6th-8th
First Place – The Rally Squirrel by Will Hurley 
Second Place – Finding Home by Allison Kelley 
Third Place – A Surprising Discovery by Emma Story 
Honorable Mention – Headlines Change by Tony Petruso 
Honorable Mention – Monkey Business by Mia Davis 
Honorable Mention – Day 4,052 by Adler Bowman 

The Winners of the 2013 St. Louis Writers Guild Short Story Contest!


1st Place – The Legend of the T’Sing T’Su Mountain by Francis Baumli

2nd Place – With a Little Help by Gerry Mandel

3rd Place – Crying Uncle by Kim Lehnhoff

1st Honorable Mention – Requiem for Memoria by Charles Sansone

2nd Honorable Mention – Make Room for Me! By Judith Chouteau

3rd Honorable Mention – Till Cleopatra Lives at Number Seven by Fedora Amis


Thank you to this year's judge, author Jason Makansi! 


Hear the winning entries at this month's Station Open Mic Night!

Station Open Mic

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 

7-9pm 

Kirkwood Amtrak Station 

110 W Argonne Dr. 63122

Free and open to all 

There will be a regular open mic after the readings