Willamette Writers accepting . . .

The Timberline Review and the Kay Snow Awards submissions are open through 15 December. (You can submit the same work to either or both programs.)

Use this Submittable link – but be sure to read the guidelines for detailed information!

Choices include:

  • Member or Guest submissions (WW members can submit for free)
  • Children (grades 1-6) and Teens (grades 7-12) awards for Kay Snow submissions
  • BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Disabled writer submissions (fee waived)

Further, categories WW are looking for are:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, novel excerpt), max. 3500 words
  • Creative nonfiction, max. 3500 words
  • Critical commentary
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Visual art (B/W)

Write On The Sound conference

Founded in 1985, Write on the Sound writers’ conference (WOTS) is a small, affordable conference focused on the craft of writing. A broad variety of sessions, workshops and panel discussions are available for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today’s writing and publishing industry. 

Based in Edmonds, Washington, this year’s conference will be conducted ONLINE October 1, 2, and 3.

The accompanying writing contest deadline has just been extended to September 10.

Read more about:

Write on the Sound (1-3 Oct.)

Usually, WOTS is an Edmonds, Washington event, but this year it’s going to be online.

It’s a small, affordable conference focused on the craft of writing. A broad variety of sessions, workshops and panel discussions are available for all levels and interests, including valuable information regarding today’s writing and publishing industry. 

Registration opens 9 August and is a la carte. The schedule includes keynote speaker Lisa See on “Building the Story: Writers’ Process & Research.”

  • There’s a writing contest opportunity for any registered authors.
  • You can have your manuscript or poetry critiqued by a professional author or writing instructor.

Workshops include:

  • Getting Published: From Traditional to Self-Publishing
  • Revision Made Easy
  • Making a Scene: Getting Your Characters to Act (Out)
  • Your Vision / Your Voice
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night
  • What Good is Research?
  • Fifteen Tips for Getting (Happily) Published
  • Memory and Imagination: Tools for Writers of Memoir
  • Pillars of Great Nonfiction Writing
  • The Secret Power of Verbs
  • Understanding Narrative Structure
  • How Cross-Disciplinary Writing Can Enhance Your Craft and Elevate Your Career
  • Creating Emotional Impact in Fiction and Memoir
  • Spark the Fire: Improvisational Techniques for Writers
  • The Three Step Formula for Building an Author Platform
  • A Vivid Sense of Place
  • Who’s That Talking: The Problem With Point of View
  • Indigenous Ekphrastic Technique: Bending Boundaries, Breaking Barriers
  • Creating Believable Villains

Idaho Prize for Poetry

Lost Horse Press (in Sandpoint) runs the Idaho Prize for Poetry contest for a book-length poetry manuscript. Winners receive $1000, publication by Lost Horse Press, and 20 comp copies of their book.

Submissions are now open for the Idaho Prize for Poetry 2021

  • All US poets are eligible.
  • Entries must be submitted by 31 May 2021

Winners will be announced by 15 August 2021. The entry fee is $28. Read more about submitting your poetry.

Write on “Rupture” : Due 8 February 2021

The Cabin’s Writers In The Attic is an annual contest for any Idaho writer. The winning submissions are published in the next issue. There’s always a theme; the last one was “Apple” and the one for the current contest is “Rupture”. There’s a modest submission fee ($10/$15) that covers up to three poems or stories.

Read more about it on The Cabin’s Writers In The Attic page and submit your work!

Kay Snow Writing Contest closes 31 December 2020

Our writing sisters and brothers with Willamette Writers in Oregon conduct this annual contest and it’s open for submissions now through 23:59 on 31 December.

Markya Biaggio, author of Parlor Games, said: “When I was discouraged about my first novel I submitted a chapter to the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Contest and won a prize. That award gave me just the boost I needed to start a new novel… It gave me credibility, enough credibility to convince quite a few agents to take a look at my next novel. …I believe submitting one’s best work to contests is well worth the effort.”

Categories are:

  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay and memoir)
  • Poetry
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Students (divisions are Grades 1-6 and Grades 7-12)

Read all about it and submit your work today!