October Contest

October’s theme is Afterlife

The judge is Calvin Beam, assisted by Virginia Perry and Zuki Landau-Fishman.

Rules & Guidelines

  • Submission period: 1st – 21st of each month (excepting February) from September 2020 through August 2021.
  • Eligibility: All current members of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. Submissions must have never been published (personal blogs are ok), and must be your own original work. 
  • Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Themes: Different each month. Check newsletter, Facebook, and website for the current theme.
  • Fees: Free to members of the CWG.
  • Prizes: $25 (check will be mailed) and publication in the newsletter and on our website.
  • Word Limit: 1500 prose / 300 poetry
  • Limited to 1 submission per author per month.
  • The winner(s) of one month must skip the following month before submitting again.
  • Do not include any identifying information (i.e. your name) in your submission.
  • Email your submission as an attachment to: cwgwrite@gmail.com
  • Subject line of your email should be the month + CWG Contest (ex: September CWG Contest)
  • Include in the body of your email:
    • Name
    • Mailing address (so we can mail your check if you win)
    • Title of your submission
    • Genre (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Poetry)
    • A brief bio (70 words or less) written in 3rd person. You may include a link to your online work.
  • Submissions should relate to the monthly theme. You can use the accompanying picture as a prompt, but you do not have to. You do not have to use the theme word in your submission.
  • Judges will be different each month and will be announced on the 1st along with the theme. 
  • Questions can be sent to Contest Director Kate Landers at cwgwrite@gmail.com
  • CWG reserves the right to refrain from publishing winning entries if they are not suited for a PG13 audience, or do not meet CWG publishing standards.
  • By sending us your submission, you affirm that you are a current member of CWG, and you are the author and hold all rights to this work. This work has not been previously published (exception for a personal blog). You give CWG permission to publish your work in the newsletter and the website. 
  • If further publication opportunities are offered you will be notified first.

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