Green River Writers.

Grand Prize Categories

Sponsored and judged by Green River Writers, Inc

GRW members: $3 each entry | Non-members: $5 each entry

#1 President's Prize—Fiction
Short fiction to 2000 words.
Prizes: 1st: $175, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $50

#2 Green River Grande—Poetry
Any subject, any form, to 50 lines.
Prizes: 1st: $175, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $50

Contest Details.

Rules & Guidelines.

  1. All work must be original, typewritten on 8-½ x 11 white paper. Poetry must be single-spaced; all other genres must be double-spaced.

  2. Submit two copies of each entry.

  3. Number and title of category must appear in upper left corner of first page of each entry. DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ENTRIES.

  4. On the cover sheet include your name, address, email and/or phone number followed by a list of category numbers, category names, and titles of entries. Please indicate whether or not you are a member of Green River Writers.

  5. No submission may be entered in more than one category.

  6. No more than three submissions per category.

  7. No work will be published or returned; keep copies.

  8. Since winning entries are not published, all rights remain with the author.

  9. Entry fees:
    Grand prize categories - $3 each entry for GRW members; $5 each entry for non-members

    All other categories - $2 each entry or $12 maximum for GRW members; $3 each entry for non-member, but they may join GRW and receive the member rate.
    Over payments will be considered as donations to GRW and will not be returned.

  10. Make check or money order payable to Green River Writers, Inc. Mail fee and entries no later than August 31, 2015 to:
    Green River Writers, Inc.
    2015 Writing Contest
    c/o Charles Suddeth
    9815 Farnham Drive
    Louisville, KY 40223

  11. Winners will be announced here on November 30, 2015.

Fiction & Poetry Categories

Sponsored by individual writers and writing groups

GRW members: $2 each entry or $12 for up to three (3) entries per category | Non-members: $3 each entry, but non-members may join GRW and receive the member rate.
#3 Green River Lean—Short-Short Fiction

Maximum 1000 words.
Prizes: 1st: $50, 2nd: $30, 3rd: $20, HM: $10
Sponsor/Judge: Marj Bixler
#4 Novel: First Chapter—Fiction
Open to the first chapter of any unpublished or self-published novel. Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font. Length limit: 26 pages.
Prizes: 1st: $75, 2nd: $50, 3rd: $25
Sponsor: Virginia Anderson

Judge: To be announced
#5 Rubye Fowler Memorial Prize—Creative Nonfiction
Limit 3000 words. "a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. " (Wikipedia)
Prizes: 1st: $50, 2nd: $30, 3rd: $20
Sponsor/Judge: Elaine Fowler Palencia
#6 Suzanne Suddeth Memorial Prize—Prose or Poetry
Prose or poetry (rhymed/metered or free verse) written for children 12 years old and younger. 500 words or less
Prizes: 1st: $30, 2nd: $20, 3rd: $10
Sponsor/Judge: Charles Suddeth

#7 Memorable/Unusual Friendships—Poetry
Any form. 50 lines or less
Prizes: 1st: $50, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $10
Sponsors/Judges: Clear Creek Writers
#8 Glenda Fowler Pearson Memorial—Poetry
Poetry that celebrates diversity or addresses a social injustice. Any form, any style.
Prizes: 1st: $35, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $15
Sponsor/Judge: Cate Pearson

#9 Jim O'Dell Memorial—Poetry
One limerick, standard form (5 lines), wild and absurd.
Prizes: 1st: $30, 2nd: $20, 3rd: $10
Sponsor/Judge: Mary O'Dell
#10 Sometimes You Can't Be Saved From Yourself—Poetry
Poetry. 40 line limit. Poems using rhyme and meter will be held to exceptionally high standards.
Prizes: 1st: $30, 2nd: $20, 3rd: $10
Sponsors/Judges: Judy Milford & Terri Alekzander
#11 For the Birds—Poetry
Poet's interpretation: any style, any form.

Prizes: 1st: $50, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $15

Sponsor: Jack Robin

Judge: To be announced
#12 Show Me Your Metaphors—Poetry
Poetry that uses metaphor in interesting or unexpected ways. 32 line limit, no rhyming.
Prizes: 1st: $25, 2nd: $15, 3rd: $10
Sponsor/Judge: Pam Hirschler
#13 Snakes and Dragons, Oh My—Poetry
40 line limit, no rhyme unless VERY clever.
Prizes: 1st: $30, 2nd: $20, 3rd: $10
Sponsor/Judge: Christine Strevinsky

#14 Small Town Observations—Poetry
Where thoughtfulness meets whimsy. Up to 40 lines, unrhymed but orderly and well crafted.
Prizes: 1st: $30, 2nd: $20, 3rd: $10
Sponsors/Judges: The Thursday Poets
#15 Bang for the Buck—Poetry
A poem with no adverbs, at most 3 adjectives. Any style. Minimum 16, maximum 30 lines.
Prizes: 1st: $35, 2nd: $25
Sponsor/Judge: Jean Tucker
#16 Strange Duck, in Honor of Sue Bayes—Poetry
Our Sue had a keen sense of humor, so please send poems of a witty or clever nature. Take an ironic view of life. Or document one of life's tragic moments—just remember to add a smile. No limericks. Up to 32 lines.
Prizes: 1st: $56.19, 2nd: $30, 3rd: $20
Sponsors/Judges: Barroom Bards

Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2015

Green River Writers, Inc. board members and officers are ineligible to enter the annual contest for the duration of their term(s).