2015 Submission Guidelines and Contest Categories
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, 2015.
# 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 2014 categories may not enter that same category in 2015, 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# All material must be unpublished at the time of entry.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.
CONTESTS!! (Registered Attendees Only)
Cannot enter contests sponsored by your own group.
CONTEST DEADLINE: September 1, 2015
Use standard manuscript format for all entries,
and please no erotica, graphic language, or violence.
1. Showcase Award: 3 prizes $300/$100/$50
Short story or essay. Limit 2,500 words
Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors
2. Horror Short Story: 3 prizes $125/$75/$50
Limit 5,000 words. Scare me and make me
Laugh. Horror or paranormal story. Must be well-written.
Three Prizes: $50/$30/$20
3. Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop Award:
Mystery short story. Limit 1,500 words.
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
two chapters of western novel. No word limit.
6. Jim Richardson Memorial Award: Short story, any
genre. Limit 3,000 words. Sponsor-Delois McGrew
in memory of her son.
7. Humorous Short Story: Funny short story any genre.
Limit 5,000 words. Sponsors-Jim and Marsha Davis
8. Search for Excellence Award: Nonfiction memoir
or essay. Limit 2,500 words. Sponsor-Leon and
9. University Press Fiction Award: Short story, any
genre. Limit 2,500 words. Sponsor-Southeast Missouri
10. Tell Me a Story: Limit 2,500 words, any genre.
Sponsor-Erman and Nettie Sands
Three Prizes: $25/$15/$10
11. Flash Fiction: Limit 99 words. Must have beginning,
middle, end. Sponsor-David Kirkland
12. This is For the Birds: Fiction or Nonfiction, story, essay, or
poem. Fiction or nonfiction. Max. 600 words. Writer may
interpret the topic in any way. Sponsor-Marcia Gaye.
13. Western Short: Western short fiction or article.
Limit 2,000 words. Possible publication in Cactus
Country Anthology. Sponsor-Cactus Country Publishing
14. Judges, Jailhouses, Lawyers, Outlaws, and Gumshoes:
Short story. Limit 2,000 words. Sponsor-Lonnie Whitaker
15. Young Adult Short Story: Between 1,500 & 5,000
words. Protagonist must be 15-18 years old.
16. The Horseshoe Bend Writer’s Award: Limit 800 words.
Short story told all in dialogue. Sponsor-Horseshoe Bend Writers
17. Middle Grade Fiction for Boys Ages 9-12: 1,500-2,500 words.
18. Tell Me Another Story: Children’s story for beginning readers
or younger. Five page maximum. Sponsor-Clouse Literary Arts and Theater.
19. Space Journey: 2,000 word maximum. Science fiction genre in the
style of 50’s SF movies. Sponsor-Tahlequah Writers
20. About Arkansas or Missouri During the Civil War, 1861-1865:
Historical fiction, 5,000 word limit. Nothing about Lincoln or slaves.
21. Essay Contest: No more than 300 words. Creative
non-fiction essay on your favorite family tradition.
22. Travel Article: Limit 1,500 words. Write it as if you were
sending it to a reputable magazine. No photos, please.
Sponsor-Johnny D. Boggs
23. Poet Laureate Award in Honor of Arkansas
Poet Laureate Peggy Vining: Poem about nature, any
style. Limit 24 lines. Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board
24. Free Verse Poetry: Free verse poem, must have
definite rhythm. Limit 2 pages. Any topic.
25. SURPRISE CONTEST: $25 award to anyone
registered. To be announced Friday morning. Winner
announced at Sat. banquet. Must be present to win.
Send one copy 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, 2015…Thank you to everyone who is graciously sponsoring a contest for Ozark Creative Writers, Eureka Springs.
Sorry that we have not put the results for our 2014 contests. I will get those posted soon, promise!
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