St. Louis Writers Guild
 

Quick Guide to Deadlines

 

Deane Wagner Poetry Contest

Opens - April 1

Deadline - June 1

 

Young Writers Awards

Opens - August 1

Deadline - October 1

 

Short Story Contes

Opens - October 1

Deadline - December 1


We invite you to hear the winners of each contest at our award ceremony reading events! 

Deane Wagner Poetry Contest Winners read at Writers in the Park in August!

Young Writers Awards winners read at the Holiday Book Fair in December!

Short Story Contest Winners read at the Station Open Mic in January! 

For specific times, dates, and locations visit the SLWG Event Page. 

Writing Contests

Since its fouding in 1920, St. Louis Writers Guild has always tried to encourage writers with contests.


Deane Wagner Poetry Contest - Opens April 1, Deadline June 1

Young Writers Awards - Opens August 1, Deadline October 1

Annual Short Story Contest - Opens October 1, Deadline December 1

Missouri Writers Guild Chapter Contest - Deadline and submission guidelines on the MWG Conference page

Deane Wagner Poetry Contest

Opens April 1 - Deadline June 1

 

The Deane Wagner Poetry Contest was named to honor a long time member and poet who tragically passed away in the mid-nineties, but this contest has been an annual tradition of St. Louis Writers Guild since 1921. It is held each spring with First, Second, and Third Prizes and Honorable Mention awards presented in mid-summer. The contest seeks to discover exceptional, unpublished poems and to encourage poets through recognition and rewards.

 

St. Louis Writers Guild's Deane Wagner Poetry Contest opens for submission every April, the deadline is in June, and prizes are awarded in July.

 

Judge: Lisa Miller, Walrus Publishing

 

Lisa Miller is the publisher at Walrus Publishing. She is a member of
the Missouri Writers Guild, the Saint Louis Writers Guild, the Saint Louis
Publi
shers Association, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a
founding member of the Saint Louis Literary Consortium. Lisa is also a Lieutenant
Colonel in the Army National Guard. She earned her Master’s Degree in English
from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lisa is a long time resident of St.
Louis where she lives in the Tower Grove South neighborhood with her partner.
Lisa is extremely honored to be part of the robust literary community in Saint
Louis.
 

 

Click on the PDF link below to download the complete submission guidelines.

 

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Young Writers Awards

St. Louis Writers Guild's annual writing contest for kids!

Opens August 1 - Deadline October 1


St. Louis Writers Guild has always believed in encouraging young writers. Throughout our history we have held contests for writers of all ages, and to continue that legacy we created the annual St. Louis Writers Guild’s Young Writers Awards. The contest officially opens on August 1, 2013 and will close on October 1, 2013. Entries must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2013.


Who is eligible? Any young writer may enter so long as they qualify for one of the two age groups. The young writers must be in 4th – 5th grade or 6th – 8th grades during the fall of the calendar year of the contest (2013).


Write an original story that begins with the sentence: “The last book on the shelf held a secret…” The story may be scary, adventurous, humorous, or just plain fun. Judging will be based on originality, cohesiveness, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.


A separate contest entry form must be attached to every story you send us. You may download and photocopy the entry form. 


St. Louis Writers Guild has always believed in encouraging young writers. Throughout our history we have held contests for writers of all ages, and to continue that legacy we have created the annual St. Louis Writers Guild’s Young Writers Awards. The contest officially opens on August 1, 2013 and will close on October 1, 2013. Entries must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2013.

Who is eligible? Any young writer may enter so long as they qualify for one of the two age groups. The young writers must be in 4th – 5th grade or 6th – 8th grades for the calendar year of the contest (2013). 
Official St. Louis Writers Guild Young Writers Awards Entry Form - some browsers may require you to right click on the icon. 
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Annual Short Story Contest


Opens October 1 - Deadline December 1

 

Since its founding in 1920, St. Louis Writers Guild has sponsored an annual short story contest. The contest is one of the oldest in the country, and is certainly one of the most prestigious. Tennessee Williams won first place in 1935 for his story, "Stella for Star."


Annual Short Story Contest opens for submissions every October, the deadline is in December, and prizes are awarded in January. Historically, entries have come from all across the nation and Canada. Stories are blind-judged by an expert in the fields of writing and literature.

 

This year's judge is Jason Makansi, Co-founder of Blank Slate Press, and an author of both fiction and non-fiction. His short stories have been published in a variety anthologies and literary journals. Visit www.jasonmakansi.com for a complete list of his works. To learn more about Blank Slate Press visit www.blankslatepress.com
 

Click on the pdf link below for submission guidelines and more information

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Missouri Writers Guild Chapter Sponsor Contest

Free Verse Poetry

 

More information to be posted soon, or visit the contest section of the Missouri Writers Guild Conference

 

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Contest Winners! 
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who enter!
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Congratulations to the 2013 Deane Wagner Poetry Winners! 
presented by St. Louis Writers Guild

1st Place - The Woman on the Mantle by Erin Chapman
2nd Place - Chester, Illionois, 12:01 AM by David Bond
3rd Place - Ascending Blues by Barbara Blanks

1st Honorable Mention - Holly Loves Nick by Erin Chapman
2nd Honorable Mention - Her Jingle Tops by Marsha Kay Ault 
3rd Honorable Mention - Uncrowned by Dwight Bitikofer 

Thank you to the Judge, Lisa Miller, owner of Walrus Publishing!
Check out her poetry anthology - Floodstage

The winners of the 2013 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest were honored and their poems read at Writers in the Park 2013!

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Congratulations to the 2012 Annual Short Story Contest Winners

presented by St. Louis Writers Guild!

 

1st Place Winner – The Pieties and Sacrifices of Mrs. Odetta James by Kimila Bowling

2nd Place – Tappy by Peter Green

3rd Place – Wheaton House by W. E. Mueller

 

1st Honorable Mention – Tan Shoes and Pink Shoe Laces by Kimila Bowling

2nd Honorable Mention – Leviathan by Stan Wallach

3rd Honorable Mention – Dead Frequency by Cori Bair


 

Many thanks to our judge, mystery author, Christine Matthews!

 

Hear the winners read their stories at the January Open Mic Night. Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm at the Kirkwood Amtrak Station, 110 W Argonne Dr.

 

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The Winners of the 2012 Young Writer Awards!


6th - 8th Grade Division

First Place - Being Myself by Nicolette LoGrasso

Second Place - Agreed by Noah Karolczak

Third Place - The Stray App by Maya Speckhard


1st Honorable Mention - The Time Telephone by Jacob Price

2nd Honorable Mention - Low Battery by Cole Hanson

3rd Honorable Mention - App-Venture by Kaitlyn Swanson


4th & 5th Grade Division

First Place - Geocaching by Rasti Jahul


 

Thank you to all who entered, and our judges Tricia Sanders and Jud Miner

 

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