2014 Contest Categories

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 Ghostly 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.
(sponsor: NAWW)

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)

http://ozarkcreativewriters.com/register/

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

 

#4Oxbow Award

 

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