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Heritage Writers Guild End of Year Writing Contest

Theme: Sunshine to Rain OR Rain to Sunshine

(When a good situation turns bad OR a bad situation turns good)


Close on Oct 31th, 2022


 Non-Fiction: Up to 2,500 words.

 Fiction: Up to 2,500 words.

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

Wordplay: This is a poem, with a 500 word limit, which must contain the following seven words, underlined: frail, dibs, asparagus, cheddar, seasonal, kitchen, bison

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

Entry Price:

          Members - $ 3 per entry 

          Non-members - $ 5 per entry

          Max price - $ 20 for up to eight entries

Entries should include:

  • A cover page that includes: 

    1. Title

    2. Contest category

    3. Word count

    4. Name

    5. Address

    6. Email address

  • The entry pages with no identifying information. Please include title and page number in upper right hand corner of each page. 

Formatting Your Entry

Fiction and Non-fiction

  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.

Poetry and Wordplay

  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 and page number, e.g. Thoughts of a Young Lyricist/1.

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

  5. Begin the poem one line beneath the title.

How to Enter

Step One: Fill out form here

Step Two: Pay Here

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  • Click [Buy Now]

  • Input the total amount you are submitting (e.g, $3.00 if submitting one entry as a member or $5.00 if non-member;  $6.00 if two entries as a member, $10.00 non-member, and so on).

  • Click [Continue] to go to the PayPal screen and log in to complete the payment process.

  • (If you want to pay by credit card, click [Pay with Debit or Credit Card] where you will be asked to fill in a card payment form.)

The Prizes


Winners will receive $25.00 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 winners will be announced at the Heritage Writers Guild meeting at the St. George library on December 13th at 6:30 p.m. They will also be posted in the January Newsletter.

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