Conference Awards Continued..
$25/$15/$10 

14. Flash Fiction: Limit 99 words. Must have beginning,
       middle, end. Sponsor-David Kirkland
15. This is For the Birds: Fiction or Nonfiction, story, essay, or
       poem. Fiction or nonfiction. Max. 600 words. Writer may
       interpret the topic in any way. Sponsor-Marcia Gaye.
16. Western Short: Western short fiction or article.Limit 2,000                  words. Possible publication in Cactus Country Anthology.                  Sponsor-Cactus Country Publishing
17. Bigfoot Lives Among Us: Write a fiction, or non-fiction, story
       about Bigfoot. Up to 1,500  words. Make me laugh, make me               jump. Sponsor-Belle Fontaine
 18. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Short story between 500 -              1,000 words of your best melodramatic prose using opening              sentence of It was a dark and stormy night. For once a reward            will come for "clichéd", overwriting. Sponsor-Lonnie Whitaker
19. Young Adult Short Story: 1500 -5,000 words.                                        Protagonist must be 15-18 years old.Sponsor-Doyle Suit
20. The Horseshoe Bend Writer’s Award: Limit 800 words.
       Short story told all in dialogue.

       Sponsor-Horseshoe Bend Writers
21. Middle Grade Fiction for Boys Ages 9-12: Fiction 1,500-2,500        words.Sponsor-Reneé LaViness
22. Tell Me Another Story: Children’s story for beginning readers
       or younger. Five page maximum.

       Sponsor-Clouse Literary Arts and Theater.
23. Space Journey: 2,000 word maximum. Science fiction genre in        the style of 50’s SF movies. Sponsor-Tahlequah Writers
24. About the Civil War, 1861-1865: Historical fiction, 5,000 word          limit. Nothing about Lincoln or slaves. Sponsor-Rickey Pittman
25. Tell Me a Tale: Short story, any genre, up to 1,500 words. Wow          me with a great story, and intriguing characters.

       Sponsor-Dwight Johns
26. Historical Short Story: Write a story up to 1,500 words about            history in the U.S. between 1850 & 1910.

       Sponsors: Mike and  Mary Long
27. Essay Contest: Limit 300 words. Creative non-fiction essay on          your favorite family tradition. Sponsor-Linda Apple
28. Short Personal Essay: Write a personal story about
       the writing life. 300 words max. Make it inspiring or make
       it humorous. Sponsor-Sylvia Forbes at Snowflake Press
29. Travel Article: Limit 1,500 words. Write it as if you were
       sending it to a reputable magazine. No photos, please.
       Sponsor-Johnny D. Boggs
30. Free Verse Poetry: Free verse poem, must have definite                    rhythm. Limit 2 pages. Any topic. Sponsor-Pat Richards

31. My Favorite Day in Nature: Up to 1,200 word essay or short              story. No hunting stories please. Sponsor- Linda Sartin in                    memory of her husband Gary


50th Anniversary Grand Conference Awards

Delois McGrew named contest​​ chair for 2017


1. ​Showcase Award: 3 prizes $300/$100/$50

    Short story or essay. Limit 2,500 words

    Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors


 2. Horror Short Story: 1 Prize of $200  

    Scare me and make me laugh.Limit 5,000 words. Horror or         or paranormal story. Sponsor-Brett Cogburn.


3.  The Good Ole' Days: 1 Prize of $200

     A humorous essay about family life or growing up.Limit 1500      words.Sponsor- Chrissy Willis


4.  Poet Laureate Award in Honor of Arkansas Poet                   Laureate Peggy Vining: 1 Prize of $150- Poem about               nature,any style. Limit 24 lines.

    Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors


Conference Awards  

$50/$30/$20 

5.   High Hill Press Award: First chapter and 5-page synopsis of “the next         NY Times bestseller.” Any genre. Sponsor-High Hill Press


6.   Oxbow Award: Short story with western theme or two chapters of                  western novel. No word limit. Sponsor-Dusty Richards


7.   Jim Richardson Memorial Award: Short story, any genre. Limit 3,000          words. Sponsor-Delois McGrew in memory of her son.


8.   Humorous Short Story: Funny short story any genre.
      Limit 5,000 words.  Sponsors-Jim and Marsha Davis


9.   Search for Excellence Award: Nonfiction memoir or essay. Limit 2,500        words. Sponsors-Leon and Dot Combs


10 .Tell Me a Story: Limit 2,500 words, any genre.
       Sponsors-Erman and Nettie Sands


11. Five Hundred Word Flash: Historical flash fiction up to 500 words.                Sponsor: The Village Writing School.


12. University Press Fiction Award: Short story, any genre. Limit 2,500            words. Sponsor-Southeast Missouri University Press


13. ​Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop Award: Mystery short story.          Limit 1,500 words. Sponsor- NAWW

2016 Contests

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.

Do you want to get a head start on the 2017 contests?  Click here for a copy of the 2017 Contest Rules.

2017 Contests to be posted April 1, 2017.

If you or your

writer's group

would like to sponsor  

a contest in 2017

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Contest Guidelines (You must register for the conference by September 1 to enter any contest)


  1. Contest entrants must be registered for the conference to enter, and all entries must be postmarked by September 1, 2016. With the exception of Contest #31 you do not have to be present to win. Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. If you are not present your awards will be mailed within two weeks.
  2. You may include a self-addressed, stamped, post card if you want to be notified that your entry was received.
  3. Only clear copies of entries will be accepted and entries will not be returned.
  4. First Place winners of 2015 contests may not enter that same contest in 2016 unless the contest description has been changed or the award amount has changed. You may enter all other contests.
  5. You may enter as many contests as you wish, but only one entry per category, and do not send the same story, essay, or poem to more than one category.
  6. All material must be unpublished at the time of entry.
  7. All entries, except poetry, must be double spaced using customary manuscript format.
  8. A separate cover page must accompany each entry. Each cover page must include title of story, essay, or poem, title and number of category, author’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number. Any identifying information that is found on any page except the cover page will result in disqualification of that entry.
  9. Judges may not enter contests they are judging, but may enter all others. OCW Board members never enter any contests.
  10. Writers may not enter contests sponsored by their group or organization, but may enter all others.
  11. Contestants found in violation of any of the above will be disqualified. All decisions are final and judges’ names are confidential. Winners will be posted on Ozark Creative Writers’ website within two weeks after the end of the conference.
  12. Mail two copies to Donna Voklenannt at the address below.