Willamette Writers is the largest writers organization in the Pacific Northwest. Writers of all genres and at all stages of their careers come to our meetings, annual conference, and workshops to connect with their community, develop their craft, and advance their career.

Across the state of Oregon, you will find a tightly knit community of writers who love working together to tell our stories and build our scenes: on paper, on the screen, and in front of the mic.

Need help writing a novel or short story, memoir or screenplay? Sharing expertise? Meeting other writers? Join us today. Be a Willamette Writer.

Fiction - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short story or novel excerpt on any subject intended for an adult audience. 

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number.

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or unproduced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

9. We will email you at the email address you provide. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified. 

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter:

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

Entries by Graduate Students - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short piece. Can be a short piece or novel excerpt in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  

Only students currently enrolled in a graduate program can enter the graduate students category. 

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number.

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or unproduced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Fee per entry by college student in the college students category is $10 per entry. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

9. We will email you at the email address you provide. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified. 

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter: 

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

Non-Fiction - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete piece for an adult audience. Non-fiction includes memoir and creative non-fiction.

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number.

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or unproduced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

9. We will email you at the email address you provide. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified. 

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter:

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

Ends on February 15, 2019$10.00 - 15.00
$10.00 - 15.00

Poetry - Two complete poems may be submitted as one entry, any subject or form. Maximum length five pages for total entry. 

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, single space, except double-spaced between stanzas in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number. 

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or unproduced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved. 

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

9. We will email you at the email address you provide. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified.

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter: 

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

 

Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short story or novel excerpt on any subject written by adults for young adult or middle grade readers.

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number.

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or unproduced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Fee per entry is $10 per entry for members of Willamette Writers and $15 per entry for non-members. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

9. We will email you at the email address you provide. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified. 

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter: 

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

Entries by College Students - maximum length 3,000 words. One complete short piece. Can be a short piece or novel excerpt in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  

Only Undergraduate college students can enter the college students category. 

Rules:

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number.

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or unproduced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Fee per entry by college student in the college students category is $10 per entry. Note: Contest fees are non-refundable.

7. You may enter more than one category and submit more than one entry in each category.

8. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

9. We will email you at the email address you provide. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified. 

10. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter: 

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

 

There are three grade groups for entries by young people (18 and under):

Grades 1-5 

Grades 6-8 

Grades 9-12

Young writers can enter any type of writing: fiction, non-fiction, poetry. 

Only those 18 and under can enter a young writer category. The entrant will select the grade group applicable to them.

Word limit: 1,500 words.

Participants are limited to ONE entry. There is no fee for young writers in these three grade groups. Younger writers under 18 are eligible to enter adult categories but only if paying the adult fee

Current College students enrolled in 2018/2019 must enter in college student or adult categories and cannot enter here.

Rules: 

1. General formatting - Entries must be typed, double spaced, in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), with margins set at 1 inch on all sides, with 1/2 inch indentations, and submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

2. All entries should have a title on the top of the first page. Each following page should have the title (or shortened title) at either the upper left or right corner with the page number.

3. To ensure confidentiality, do not put author's name on manuscript.

4. All entries must be original and unpublished or un-produced. Being posted on a web site is not considered publication if there was no payment involved.

5. Only one prize will be awarded to a winner in any category.

6. Entries are free in the student/young writer categories only.

7. Submissions will be judged anonymously and judges' decisions will be final. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if entries do not meet their standards.

8. We will email you at the email address provided. If you do not respond within two weeks of that email, your entry may be disqualified. 

9. We do not ask for exclusive submissions. However, please withdraw your submission if it is published or wins another contest prior to May 1, 2019.  

People not eligible to enter: 

1. First, second, and third place winners of the last two (2) Kay Snow Writing Contests. 

2. Officers and board members and their family members, staff and contractors and their family members, chapter chairs and their family members, and program leads and their family members.

Willamette Writers