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These contests are open to the public. See the  rules, awards, and fee schedule below.

View the names of our previous winners and titles of winning works here!

Awards will be given as follows

  First Place:       $100
 Second Place:  $60
Third Place:     $30

All entrants will receive a copy of their scoresheet and judge's feedback  for each submission.

Entries must be received by midnight on the date specified below:

Genre  Due
Nonfiction/ Memoir February 23, 2024
Fiction (all genres)
May 24, 2024
Children's Literature
Picture Book, Chapter Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult)

August 23, 2024
Poetry (all forms)
November 15, 2024


- AWG Members:  First entry is FREE, $10 for each additional entry (up to three (3) total entries per contest).

- Non Members: $25 for the first entry, $10 for each additional entry (up to three (3) total entries per contest)


1. REGISTER for the contest by clicking your desired contest selection below. You may enter up to three (3)  entries per quarterly contest, noting the costs per entry above. You must register for each entry even if you are a member. Registration for each contest does not open until the day after the previous quarter's contest has closed.



Children's Literature


2. Format your contest submission(s) as a .doc, .docx, or PDF document. Use Times New Roman type, 12 point fontdouble-spaced, with 1" margins 

3. In the header of your first page, note the title, genre of the work, and page number DO NOT include your name or any other personal information in the header or body of your submission. Submissions may either be a complete short story or the beginning of a longer work. If it is the beginning of a longer work, please include "(excerpt)" as part of the title. 

4. All entries must be no longer than five pages, double-spaced. 

5. Fiction or Nonfiction/Memoir: If you wish, you may also note the sub-genre of your entry alongside your genre, such as "Nonfiction/Historical," or "Fiction/Romance." 

5. Children's Literature can be the text for a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult manuscript. Alongside your genre on the first page, please note which sub-genre of children's literature your submission fits, such as "Children's Literature/Picture Book."

6. Poetry: ALL forms of Poetry are accepted, and must not be longer than five pages, following the format guidelines noted above. 

7. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published.

8. Do not include art, any picture inserts, or attach any other embellishment files.

10. Forward your registration email with your entry document(s) as an attachment  to: contests@alaskawritersguild.comChange the subject of the email to "AWG QUARTERLY WRITING CONTEST ENTRY". In the body of your email, list the TITLE(S) of the entry/entries you are submitting.


- Entries containing any reference (or hint) to the author's identity within the submitted  story.

- Obscene, offensive, defamatory, or libelous material.      

- Late entries or entries not meeting the above criteria. 

- Active Board Members of AWG may not participate in the quarterly writing contest.

All authors will receive an email as soon as possible after the scores have been tallied that includes their score sheets and any comments from the judges.

Thank you and good luck!


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