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Saturday Writers Contests

Saturday Writers Announces two new contests!


Deadline:  November 1, 2011
Fee: $7.00 per story/MWG Members $5.00 per story (Checks payable to Saturday Writers)
Prizes1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25. (4th through 6th places receive certificates.)
Genre: Short Story
Open to: Everyone


Short stories only (no poems, essays or articles) must be:

  • In English
  • Unpublished at time of submission and the original work of the contestant (unpublished includes not published on a blog or other internet site)
  • In standard manuscript format: 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • Typed and double-spaced on one side of the paper
  • Numbered pages with title of entry on every page on entry


Contestants retain all rights to their stories. Keep a copy of your entry because stories will not be returned. Winners’ names will be announced during the December Saturday Writers meeting.  For a list of winners, visit the Saturday Writers CONTESTS page in December: www.saturdaywriters.blogspot.com.  Certificates and prizes will be mailed by the end of December 2011.  Questions? E-mail: Writergal53@gmail.com

Attach a separate cover sheet and include: story title, name, address, e-mail, phone number, and MWG chapter name (if applicable).

Mail fee and two copies of each entry, flat, not folded, by November 1, 2011 to:

Saturday Writers
10th Annual Short Story Contest
P.O. Box 2093
St. Peters, MO 63376

Do NOT send by certified mail!


2011 Dr. Doris Mueller Poetry & Prose Contest

Deadline:  November 15, 2011
Fee: $7.00 per story/$3.00 per poem (Checks payable to Missouri Writers Guild)
Prizes1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25. (3 Honorable Mentions will be awarded certificates)
Genre: Fiction for Children, Short Story (Young Adult or Adult), Poetry
Open to: Everyone

Dr. Doris Mueller was a passionate educator, author and poet. She was also a long-time member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. As part of her legacy, the 2011 MWG Board of Directors has established this contest, with proceeds beyond the prize money to go toward an annual scholarship to be awarded to a creative writing or English student enrolled in a program in a Missouri college or university.


We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.
Prose should be double-spaced in 12-point Times Roman. Poetry may be single-spaced.
Writers may submit more than one story per category. Up to three poems may be submitted in an individual submission.
Stories may be any length up to 1,000 words. Poetry should be no longer than 50 lines, including title.
Include your name, contact information, title(s) of your story, stories or poems included in the submission on the first page of your submission. Please include the CATEGORY for each work. Your name should not be on the work you submit. Winners will be announced by December 30, 2011.

No violence, profanity or derogatory humor.

Entries will not be returned.

Send entry fees and entries by November 15, 2011 to:

MWG Contests
1203 Spartina Drive
Florissant, MO 63031


Jody Feldman, Fiction suitable for children: Jody Feldman is the author of The Gollywhopper Games, a Texas Bluebonnet Award book and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Honor book, and The Seventh Level, winner of the 2011 Missouri Writers’ Guild “Show Me” Best Book Award. She holds a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and she worked in advertising before becoming a full-time author. Her website is http://jodyfeldman.com.

Harvey Stanbrough, Short Story: Harvey Stanbrough is a former US Marine who was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. He is a National Book Award nominated poet, a writer and writing instructor. His website and writers-advice blog at http://HarveyStanbrough.com and his blog on magic realism fiction, co-hosted by one of his major characters is http://CantinaTales.wordpress.com.


John Han, Poetry: John J. Han is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.  An award-winning poet, he has authored three poetry volumes: Little Guy Haiku, Chopsticks and Fork, and Thunder Thighs.  His poems have also appeared in the Mainichi Daily News, Simply Haiku, Prune Juice, Lucidity Poetry Journal, Mariposa, Geppo, The Laurel Review, Confluence, Spare Mule, Grist, Pathfinder, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies.

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