Heritage Writers Guild End of Year Writing Contest

Theme: Carving Out Goodness

Deadline is November 9th, 2021

The winners will be announced at the monthly meeting at the St. George library on December 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Entry Price:

          $ 3.00 per entry 

          $ 2.00 for students


  1.  Non-Fiction: limit 2,000 words.

  2.  Fiction: limit 2,000 words.

  3.  Poetry: 2 Page limit, double spaced. The poetry can be any form. For example - metered, rhymed, prose or narrative poetry.

  4. Wordplay: This is a poem, with a two-page limit, which must contain the following seven words, underlined: foliage, family, iron, ocean, rhinoceros, skeptic, warmth

Limit 2 entries per category. Only one award will be allowed to any entrant in any one category.

How to Enter (One of three ways)

A) By email to the Contest Chair – Gina Grissom. Gina’s email address is grissomgina2@gmail.com.

B) By US mail to the president, Denis Feehan. His address is:


Denis Feehan

829 Santa Maria Way

Mesquite, NV 89027

C) By hand at the Chapter meeting on November 9th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the main Library in St George.

Entries should include:

  1. One copy of each entered piece with no identifying information. Type genre and word count in upper right hand corner. 

  2. One cover letter including your name, address and email address, followed by the names of all of the pieces and the categories in which they are to be entered.

The entry fee is $3.00 per entry, $2.00 for students. Please provide a check that covers all of your entries, made out to “Heritage Writers Guild.”


For instance, two entries in Poetry would be a total fee of $6.00, or $4.00 for students.


Sending two entries in all four categories would be a total fee of $24.00, or $16.00 for students.


The checks can be mailed to the President. Please do not send cash:


Denis Feehan

829 Santa Maria Way

Mesquite, NV 89027


Alternatively, you can hand deliver a check, or cash to the contest chair at the November 9th chapter meeting. 



  1. Use a 1″ margin on all sides.

  2. Begin numbering with the first page of the text of the book, usually the introduction, prologue, or chapter one.

  3. Use a header on each page including the title of your entry, and the page number. e.g.  The Mediocre Showman/12.

  4. Start each new chapter on its own page, one-third of the way down the page.

  5. The chapter number and chapter title should be in all caps, separated by two hyphens: CHAPTER 1—NOT MY CIRCUS.

  6. Begin the body of the chapter four to six lines below the chapter title.

  7. Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph. 

  8. Double-space the entire text.

  9. Use a standard font, 12-point type. Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier.


  1. Single-spaced with double-spacing between stanzas. 

  2. Leave at least a one-inch margin on all sides of the page.

  3. Use a header on each page with the title of your entry, e.g. Thoughts of a Young Lyricist.

  4. The title of your poem should appear centered, six lines underneath your header.

  5. Begin the poem one line beneath the title.



The winner of each category will receive $20.00 and an award certificate.


Honorable mention entries will receive an award certificate. The number of honorable mention awards given will be at the discretion of the Judges. 


The entry deadline is November 9, 2021.


Results will be announced at the Chapter’s following meeting on December 14, 2021. They will also be noted in the January Newsletter.