The official writing contest sponsored by the San Francisco Writers Conference is now open to writers worldwide in the categories of fiction, nonfiction/memoir, poetry, and children’s/YA books. All writers are invited to enter up to the first 2,500 words of an unpublished manuscript, short story, essay, or poem in the appropriate category.
The grand prize is $500 and a consultation with a literary agent who represents works in the winner’s genre. First place winners in each of the other categories will be awarded $100 prizes. The winners will be announced at the 2013 San Francisco Writers Conference on February 15th. All finalists will appear in the SFWC Event Program and be featured in the SFWC Newsletter.
The deadline for entries is January 7, 2013.
Writers mail the official entry form, the correct fee, and up to the first 2,500 words of a complete, unpublished manuscript, short story, essay or poem, in one of the following categories:
- Children’s/Young Adult (YA)
A group of judges approved by the San Francisco Writers Conference management team will select the top 5 entries in each category and then these finalists will be judged by a group of publishing industry professionals to select the grand prize winner and winners in each category. The San Francisco Writing Contest judges solely on the quality of writing from its entrants and awards prizes accordingly.
Entries must be mailed to: SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONTEST, 1029 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. The cost per entry is $35. You do not need to be registered for the San Francisco Writers Conference to participate in this writing contest.
For more information and the official entry form, go to SFWriters.org and click on the CONTEST menu button, or email Contest Director Laurie McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Entry must be received at our office at 1029 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 by 5 p.m. on January 7, 2013. Put “San Francisco Writing Contest” prominently on the envelope. If you want confirmation that your entry was received please use “delivery confirmation” at the post office or with Fed Ex or UPS. We do not confirm receipt of entries because there are just too many of them and everyone seems to wait until the last minute to enter.
2. You may enter as many times as you wish, provided that the entry has not been published prior to the contest. The entry may be unpublished or self-published.
3. Include the completed and signed official entry form (found at sfwriters.org), the $35 entry fee and one copy of up to the first 2,500 words of your entry printed on one side (not double-sided) of white paper in 12-point type (Times New Roman preferred). You may include multiple entries in one envelope if each entry is paper clipped together (not stapled) with the appropriate entry form. The check must include entry fees for all your entries. If the check total does not include enough entry fees, we will arbitrarily select entries from your envelope and discard extra entries. Do not include printed pages from a self-published book as part of your entry. All entries must be printed on white bond paper in 12-point type.
MAKE YOUR CHECK OUT TO: SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE
4. Do not put your name on any page of your entry except the check and the official entry form.
5. No employee, board member, volunteer or family member of Larsen Pomada Literary Agents, the San Francisco Writers Conference, San Francisco Writers University may participate in this contest.
6. Announcement of the finalists will be made on the website only. Check SFWriters.org under the contest menu after January 20th for a list of finalists. This is the only place you will find out if you are a finalist. We do not call or email finalists.
7. Announcement of the winners will occur at the Friday lunch of the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 15 2013. Within one week, the winners will be listed at sfwriters.org. Please do not call or email for a list of winners as they will be posted on the website only. Individual winners will be contacted if they do not attend the San Francisco Writers Conference and informed of their prize.