The Pioneer Branch of the National League of American Pen Woman
Proceeds benefit: Arkansas Writers’ Conference
$5 for first entry, $3 for each additional entry
Snail mail: January 15, 2022 (postmark deadline, not delivery deadline)
Electronic filing: January 17, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CT
Open. Genre is to be listed on the first page of each submission (details below)
Open (Story must be rated G or PG) entertain us, make us laugh or cry, move us with emotion and your excellent storytelling
Four awards ($25 each) will be presented to the submissions judged to be the top four entries, regardless of genre.
2500 maximum (1500 minimum)
Contributors’ work must be original and not posted on any website, social media site, magazine, or traditionally or self-published. No exceptions.
Word count must not exceed 2500 words (minimum 1500 words).
Story must be fiction and rated G or PG. (No excessive gore or violence.)
Multiple submissions encouraged.
Mail submissions to: Ellen Withers, 1815 Columbia Drive, Conway, AR 72034.
Email submissions to: email@example.com Subject Line: “2022 Short Story Contest.”
Submissions deadline: Snail mail: January 15, 2022 (postmark deadline, not delivery deadline); Electronic filing: January 17, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CT
Payments can be made by check, money order or via PayPal. Mail checks or money orders to: Ellen Withers, 1815 Columbia Drive, Conway, AR 72034. Payments can be included with snail mail submissions or mailed separately, as long as judges know which author and story/stories to credit for the payment.
For PayPal: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your PayPal account information and the amount you will owe for contest entry or entries. You will receive an email with instruction for your payment.
All payments (whether regular mail or PayPal) must be received by January 24th, 2022. Payments can be made prior to the submission deadlines (with enough information included for administration to apply the proceeds to the entries.)
All entries and payments received will be acknowledged with an email NO EARLIER THAN January 17, 2022 and prior to January 24, 2022. If you do not receive a confirmation by January 24, 2022, email email@example.com.
Winners will be posted on the Arkansas Writers’ Conference website February 1, 2022.
Formatting the Manuscript
Font: 12-point Times New Roman or Courier
Visual: Black text on white background
Margins: One-inch margins and one-half-inch first-line indents
Paragraphs: Set to double-spaced, zero lines before/after
Genre/Word Count: Single-spaced genre listed for your submission and word count in top right or top left of first page (example: mystery/2251 words)
Title: Centered title, about one-third down first page
Main Text: Begin text two double-spaces below title
Header: Title / Pg.# on pages 2 and above
For mailed filings:
Cover sheet: Author name, address, email address, phone number, indication of whether payment is to be made via PayPal or via regular mail, genre of submission, title of submission and first line of entry. Multiple entries will require multiple cover sheets.
For electronic filings:
Document: MS Word.docx or MS Word.doc or Google doc
Document: Do not submit a PDF or other document that can’t be edited. This is to allow us to make the submissions anonymous during judging.
Email submitting document(s) must include: Author name, address, phone number, indication of whether payment is to be made via PayPal or via regular mail, genre of submission, title of submission and first line of entry. Multiple entries can be made in one email if genre, title and first line of each entry are clear for the administrator.