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1. Showcase Award- 3 prizes $300/$100/$50
Short story or essay. Limit 2,500 words.
Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors
2. Oxbow Award in Memory of Dusty & Pat Richards- 3 Prizes of $200/ $100/$50. In early 2018 the writing community lost a great champion and mentor to many writers Dusty Richards. Dusty was a board member of OCW since 1988. His wife Pat was truly the 'wind beneath his wings.' The OCW Board of Directors and friends of Dusty & Pat would like to honor their memory by giving this award for a western short story. 3000 word limit.
Sponsor- OCW Board & Friends of Dusty & Pat Richards
3. Poet Laureate Award in Memory of Arkansas Poet Laureate Peggy Vining: 1 Prize of $150- Founding board member Peggy Vining died this year and the board of directors would like to honor her. Poem about nature- any style. Limit 24 lines.
Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors.
4. Mike Willis Award- 1 Prize $150- Tell me a funny story about growing up in rural America. It can be true or it can be embellished just make me laugh!
Sponsor- Chrissy Willis in memory of her late husband Mike Willis
Conference Awards $50/$30/$20
5. Oghma Creative Media Award- Unpublished Manuscript Sponsored by Oghma Creative Media. Synopsis and first three chapters. 50 - 120k words. The first place winner will also receive a developmental edit.
Sponsor: Oghma Creative Media
6. Jim Richardson Memorial Award- Short story, any genre. Limit 3000 words.
Sponsor-Delois McGrew in memory of her son.
7. Search for Excellence Award- Nonfiction memoir or essay. Limit 2500 words.
Sponsors-Leon and Dot Combs
8. Tell Me a Story- Any genre. Limit 2500 words. Sponsors-Erman and Nettie Sands
9. Writing is a Blast!- Spark our interest. Thrill us with suspense. Light a fire and runaway with our imagination. Fiction, 2000 word limit,
Sponsors: Jane & Mitch Hale (Hale Fireworks)
10. Amphorae Publishing Group Award: First chapter of a Scifi novel. Build a world and take us Away! Sponsor- Amphorae Publishing Group
Conference Awards $25/$15/$10
11. Pat Richards Romance Award- Given in memory of Pat Richards for a romantic short story. 3000 word limit, Sponsors: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen.
12. Nursery Rhyme Crimes- Write a short story solving a nursery rhyme crime.
(For example: How did Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall? or Who put the spider next to Miss Muffet's tuffet?) Be creative! 1500 word limit
Sponsors: Coffee and Critique Writers
13. Love is in the Air- Write a romantic short story with a hint of suspense, suitable for the Hallmark Channel. 3000 word limit
Sponsor- Chrissy Willis
14. Give Us the Best of Friends- Short story, any genre, about best friends. Must include the words Arkansas and Tennessee. 1500 word limit.
Sponsors Joni Cogbill & Betsy Gray
15. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night- Short story words of your best melodramatic prose using the opening sentence It was a dark and stormy night. For once a reward will come for 'cliched' overwriting. 500-1000 word limit
Sponsor- Lonnie Whitaker.
16. Tell Me Why- Tell me why your favorite book is your favorite book. Why does it affect you? 250 word limit
17. Middle Grade Fiction for Boys Ages 9-12- Fiction 1500-2500 words. Sponsor-Reneé LaViness
18. Flash Fiction- Limit 99 words. Must have beginning, middle, end.
19. Inspirational Essay- Inspirational essay. Sponsor-Clouse Literary Arts and Theater.
20. Space Journey- Science fiction genre in the style of 50’s Sci-Fi movies.
2000 word limit. Sponsor-Tahlequah Writers
21. Traditions Contest- Limit 300 words. Creative non-fiction essay on your favorite family traditions. Sponsor-Linda Apple
22. Travel Article- Limit 1500 words. Write it as if you were sending it to a reputable magazine. No photos, please.Sponsor-Johnny D. Boggs
23. My Favorite Day in Nature- Up to 1200 word essay or short story. No hunting stories please. Sponsor- Linda Sartin in memory of her husband Gary.
24. Things that go Bump in The Night! - Paranormal Short Story - Limit 3000 words.
Sponsor- Ruth Weeks
25. Hoot Owl Award- A humorous short story about ‘an animal’ or an encounter with one. No talking animals please. Limit 3000 words.
Sponsor- Ebeneezer Longfellow
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26. Milestones: Fiction piece with a theme of milestones. In addition to the cash award, the winner will be published in the Saturday Writers annual anthology. Sponsored by Saturday Writers of St. Charles, Missouri.
SURPRISE CONTEST: $25 award open to anyone registered. Details will be announced Friday morning. Winner announced at the Saturday Awards Banquet. You must be present to win.
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