2014 Contest Categories & Submission Guidelines
Contest Submission Guidelines
Below the guidelines you will find our Contest Categories
# Contest entrants must be registered for the conference to enter, and all entries must be postmarked by September 1, 2014.
# You may include a self-addressed, stamped, post card if you want to be notified that your entry was received.
# Only clear copies of entries will be accepted.
# Entries will not be returned.
# First Place winners of 2013 categories may not enter that same category in 2014, but may enter all other contests.
# You may enter as many contests as you wish, but only one entry per category. And do not send the same story, essay, or poem to more than one category.
# All material must be unpublished at the time of entry.
# All entries, except poetry, must be double spaced using customary manuscript format.
# A separate cover page must accompany each entry. Each cover page must include title of story, essay, or poem, title and number of category, author’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number.
# Judges may not enter contests they are judging, but may enter all others.
# Writers may not enter contests sponsored by their group or organization, but may enter all others.
# Contestants found in violation of any of the above will be disqualified. All decisions are final and judges’ names are confidential. Winners will be posted on Ozarks Creative Writers’ website within two weeks after the end of the conference.
Send two copies of each entry to:
14284 Sunset Rd.
Winslow, AR 72959
DO NOT send registations to Velda
Send Registrations to:
PO Box 9076
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Go to the registration page to register online using Paypal.
Contest Deadline September 1, 2014
Do not enter contests sponsored by your group.
You must be registered for the conference to enter contests!
Use manuscript format for all entries.
1. Showcase Award: 3 prizes $300/$100/$50
Short story or essay. Limit 2,500 words
(sponsor: OCW Board of Directors)
2. OCW Spooky Award: 3 prizes $125/$75/$50
No more than 5,000 words. Scare me, make me laugh, but it must have a true ghost and be well written.
(sponsor: Brett Cogburn)
Three Prizes: $50/$30/$20
3. Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop Award: Mystery short story. Limit 1,500 words, no erotica.
4. High Hill Press Award: First chapter and 5-page synopsis of “the next NY Times bestseller.” Any genre. (sponsor: High Hill Press)
5. Oxbow Award: Short story with Western theme or 2 chapters of Western novel.(sponsor: Dusty Richards)
6. Jim Richardson Memorial Award: Short story, any genre. Limit 3,000 words.
(sponsor: Delois McGrew in memory of her son)
7. Ozark Creative Writers: Nostalgic short story about family life. Limit 2,000 words.
(sponsors: Leon and Dot Combs)
8. Humorous Short Story: Humorous story, any genre. Limit 5,000 words. No erotica or graphic violence. (sponsors: Jim and Marsha Davis)
9. Search for Excellence Award: Nonfiction memoir or essay. Limit 2,500 words. (sponsors: Leon and Dot Combs)
10. University Press Fiction Award: Short story, any genre. Limit 2,500 words. (sponsor: Southeast Missouri State University Press)
Three Prizes: $25/$15/$10
11. Flash Fiction: Limit 99 words. Must have beginning, middle, end. (sponsor: David Kirkland)
12. Western Short: Western short fiction or article. Limit 2,000 words. Possible publication in Cactus Country. (sponsor: Cactus Country Publishing)
13. Shakespeare in the Ozarks: Use the Bard as inspiration for a story—anytime, any place, but must be in the Ozarks and have a twang. Limit 2,000 words. (sponsor: Lonnie Whitaker)
14. Young Adult Short Story: Between 1,500 & 5,000 words. Protagonist must be 15-18 years old. (sponsor: Doyle Suit)
15. Coffee & Critique Short Story Award: Short Fiction with a “Fried Green Tomatoes” theme. 3,000 word limit, no graphic sex or violence. (sponsors: Donna Volkenannt and Lou Turner)
16. Parables and Fables: In the style of Jesus and
Aesop. 150 word limit. (sponsor: Linda Apple)
17. Travel Article: 1,500 words. Write it as if you were sending it to a reputable magazine. No photos, please. (sponsor: Johnny D. Boggs)
18. OCW Poet Laureate Award: in Honor of Arkansas Poet Laureate Peggy Vining: Poem about nature, any style. Limit 24 lines. (sponsor: OCW Board)
19. Free Verse Poetry: Poem, free verse, must have definite rhythm. Limit 2 pages. Any topic; no erotica, no gore. (sponsor: Pat Richards)
20. SURPRISE CONTEST/ $25 award to anyone registered. Topic to be announced Friday morning. Winner announced at Sat. banquet, must be present to win.
Early-bird $99 registration deadline June 15
Student registration $55 (must be currently enrolled)
CONTESTS!! (Registered Attendees Only)
CONTEST DEADLINE: SEPT. 1, 2014
Below are the OCW Contest Results for 2013
#1 Showcase Award
1st Place – 21/01 – Boogie with Chesty by Pamela Foster
2nd Place – 07/01 – Last Dance by Johnnie Wingo
3rd Place – 20/01 – Finding Murphy’s Barracks by Doyle Suit
1st HM – 08/01 – The Peculiar Parade for Private Pickle by Jim Barton
2nd HM – 06/01 – Mrs. Hazel’s Prize-Winning Banana Bread by Betsy Gray
#2 Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop
First prize: 04/02, John’s Last Surprise by Jennifer DiCamillo
Second prize: 06/02, Sharecropper’s Daughter by Johnnie Wingo
Third prize: 05/02, Where’s Molly? by Sue Hardesty
Honorable mention: 02/02, Cabin Fever by Betsy Gray
Honorable mention: 09/02, V-Day by Sherrill Lewis
#3 High Hill Press
1st Place 03/03 Jaden 7 by Jim Barton
2nd Place 04/03 Hebron by G. Gray McVicker
3rd Place 05/03 Jigsaw:Summer of the Swish Swish Skirts by Jennifer DiCamillo
1st Hon. 01/03 Messages from Uncle Myrtle by Janet Bettag
2nd Hon 11/03 Bleeding Heart by Staci Troilo
3rd Hon 13/03 The Fringe Trilogy Book 1: Trial by Error by Susan Eschbach
4th Hon 10/03 Rainbow Court by Barbara Clouse
1st – 12/04 – The Predators by Shirley Stewart
2nd – 03/04 - 24 Hours in the Wilderness by Kitty Dyer
3rd – 06/04 – Bye and Bye by Jane Hale
1st HM – 09/04 – The One That Got Away by Russell Gayer
2nd HM – 07/04 - The Spring Of the Not So Handsome Stranger by Judy Goodspeed .
#5 Ozark Writer’s League Award
1st - 09/05 - Who is Crabby Now? by Jennifer DiCamillo
2nd - 13/05 - Goblins Will Get You by Jane Hale
3rd - 08/05 - Honey by Jim Barton
1stHM – 11/05 - What’s in a Name Johnnie Wingo
2nd HM - 14/05 - A Granddaughter and Fish by Doyle Suit
3rd HM - 07/05 - Sun and Shade by Marcia Gaye
4th HM - 15/05 - A Good Place to Die by Pamela Foster
#6 Jim Richardson Memorial Award
1st Place - 11/06 – Midnight Sacrifice by Sue Hardesty
2nd Place – 10/06 – One Sister, Cheap by Jennifer DiCamillo
3rd Place – 01-06 – Love’s Spell by Judith Sexton
Honorable Mention – 18/06 – Stolen Goods by Russell Gayer
#7 Ozark Creative Writers Award
1st - 04/07 - The Last Pillar of the Community by Jim Barton
2nd - 10/07 -The Jack Rabbit Hunt by G. Gray McVicker
3rd - 11/07 - Once Upon a Winter’s Day, 1953 by Sherrill Lewis
1HM - 07/07 - Mail order Bride by Rhonda Harvey
2HM - 01/07 - Rowing the Boat by by Jan Morrill
3HM - 03/07 - Joshua by Mitch Hale
#8 Humorous Short Story Award
1st – 03/08 – Accidental Kiss by Mitch Hale
2nd – 04/08 – How I Got Sued by a Steamship Company, Hired a Cook, Gave
Mouth-to-Mouth to a Mule, Learned to Sew and Almost Restarted the Civil War by Jim Barton
3rd – 11/08 – The Novice by Judy Goodspeed
1st HM – 13/08 – Uncle Chicken, the Goat and the Four Wheeler by Judith Sexton
2nd HM – 10/08 – The Food and The Fool Matt Eschbach
3rd HM – 07/08 – Knock Me Over by Joni Cogbill
Contest #9 The Search for Excellence Award
1st - 02/09 - Destination Juke Joint by Linda Hebert
2nd – 09/09 - Crossing Over by Kitty Dyer
3rd – 19/09 - The Honor Flights by Shirley Stewart
1HM – 04/09 – A Daughter, A Sister by Marcia Gaye
2HM – 07/09 – Fear, the Human Motivator by Christine Edwards
3HM – 20/09 – A Night Before Christmas by Sherrill Lewis
4HM – 23/09 – I Can’t Go Home Marilyn Edge
#10 Flash Fiction Award
1st - 17/10 - Sympathy by Earl Belcher
2nd - 02/10 - Half Full by Katie Terrell
3rd - 01/10 - Vulture Angst by Jan Morrill
1st HM - 06/10 - Stoner by Jim Barton
2nd HM - 10/10 - The Next Generation by Staci Troilo
3rd HM - 08/10 - Blue by Sarah Angleton
#11 Western Short Award
1st - 04/11 - Chasing Crull by Jennifer DiCamillo
2nd - 02/11 - Burial by the Light of a Full Moon by Marcia Gaye
3rd - 03/11 - The Great Lead Creek Liar’s Championship of 1893 by Jim Barton
1st HM - 01/11 - Dagger by Mitch Hale
2nd HM - 06/11 - Candle in the Window by Staci Troilo
#12 Shakespeare in the Ozarks:
1st–01/12 – A Midsummer Night Scheme by Janet Bettag
2nd–04/12 – Chad and Emma Jean by Staci Troilo
3rd–07/12 – A Summer Night’s Drama by Marcia Gaye
1st HM – 03/12 – Much Ado About Somethings by Jennifer DiCamillo
2nd HM – 02/12 – Hiring Shakespeare by Mitch Hale
#13 In Someone Else’s Shoes
1st – 05/`3 – In Sonya’s Steps by Meg Welch Dendler
2nd – 6/13 – A Walk on the Wild Side by Staci Troilo
3rd – 04/13 – Next To Nothings by Jennifer DiCamillo
1st HM – 07/13 – Don’t Sing Me Your Sad Songs by Jane Hale
2nd HM – 02/13 – A Day in Car M999 by Rebecca Carron Wood
#14 Young Adult Short Story Award
1st – 07/14 – Homecoming by Staci Troilo
2nd – 03/14 – Looking for Attention by Jennifer DiCamillo
3rd – 01/14 – Occurrence at Coldwater Spring by Jack Kline
1st HM – 11/14 – The Wind Warrior by Shirley Stewart
# 15 My Favorite Things Creative Nonfiction Essay Award
1st Place-09/15 – When All Else Fails, Eat Chocolate Crème Pie by Staci Troilo
2nd Place – 10/15 – Dirt Road Reverie by Jim Barton
3rd Place – 08/15 – The Beat by Joni Cogbill
1st Honorable Mention – 15/15 – Kitty Paws by Meg Welch Dendler
2nd Honorable Mention – 02/15 – A Walk in the Park by Mitch Hale
#16 Travel Article Award
1st - 04/16.- Ten Tips for Reclaiming the Road Trip as an American Tradition by Katie Terrell
2nd – 03/16.- “As If”: Maroon Bells, Colorado by Jack Kline
3rd – 05/16.- Panther Creek Campgrounds: Wild West Adventure in the Ozarks by Janet Bettag
1st HM -. 01/16:- The View from My Bus Window by Jan Morrill
2nd HM – 07/16:- Batesville Now and Then by Jennifer DiCamillo
#17 OCW Poet Laureate Award
First Place – 10/17 The Wind Whispers Anon by Melissa M. Frye
Second Place – 03/17 Mother Nature’s Day Glo Trip by Rebecca Carron Wood
Third Place - 01/17 Winter Tanka by Jan Morrill
HM 1 - 08/17 Balance Point by Bill Lord
HM 2 - 06/17 Honeysuckle Heaven by Jennifer DiCamillo
#18 Free Verse Poetry Award
1st – 09/18 - Kimba’s Day by Meg Welch Dendler
2nd – 14/18 - Mama Tried by Judy Goodspeed
3rd – 07/18 - Troops Passing by Kitty Dyer
1 HM – 03/18 - Nudge by Jim Barton
2 HM – 13/18 – Horse shoes by Earl Belcher
3 HM – 06/18 - Arkansas August by Betty L. Pittman