Writers@Work is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has successfully promoted and supported a creative writing community–locally, regionally and nationally– for over thirty years. While attending W@W events writers can hone their skills and meet to discuss their work with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers.
The goal of Writers at Work is to make a difference in the work and lives of writers, whether by giving them what they need to move on to their next draft, by connecting them to a community of writers, or by introducing them to the world of publishing. Each year W@W continues to advance its mission of helping writers at all levels of skill and experience develop as writers and succeed as authors. Through its conferences, competitions, and one-day workshops, W@W has seen talent brought to fruition and careers launched.
We are looking for the best, most exciting, and interesting Young Adult (YA) fiction, be it mystery or sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, or other genres. We’re looking to celebrate good writing that exemplifies YA.
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished short story or novel excerpt (must read as a complete story on its own) up to 5,000 words or 20 pages (whichever comes first). Please indicate the word count of your submission on the first page. Submissions should be in a standard font size. Submit only one work per entry. Your submission must have all identifying information removed; this includes the submission file name.
Prize: $300 and publication on the Writers@Work website.
• Board members are prohibited from submitting manuscripts during their tenure on the board.
• Current and former students of the judges are ineligible to submit.
• Your submission must have all identifying information removed, including the submission file name. If your name appears on the submission, your entry will be disqualified. There will be no refunds.
• Submit unpublished work only: Work appearing in online journals is considered published. Work on personal websites or blogs is considered unpublished. Please do not submit selections from a self-published book.
• You may enter multiple submissions. The non-refundable entrance fee is required for each entry.
• Simultaneous submissions are fine. If your work is accepted elsewhere for publication before the contest deadline, please withdraw your manuscript in Submittable.
Note: The entrance fee is non-refundable.
$10 per entry.
Submissions open September 1, 2016 and close midnight MST October 15, 2016.
All readings are blind, and judging is done by the Writers@Work board members.
Please double check your submission BEFORE you submit to
make sure the manuscript is just how you want it.
Please make sure you have read and complied with the eligibility requirements listed on the W@W website.