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

      Short story or essay. Limit 2,500 words.

      Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors

2.   Spooky Award: 1 Prize of $200  

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

3.  Poet Laureate Award in Honor of Arkansas Poet Laureate Peggy Vining:      1 Prize of $100- Poem about nature,any style. Limit 24 lines.​

     Sponsor-Ozark Creative Writers Board of Directors.

5. Publish your Book Award:​ Sponsored by OGHMA Press. Send in the               first 3 chapters and a synopsis. One winner will receive a standard                       book contract from OGHMA Press.

Conference Awards  $50/$30/$20 

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

7.  Oxbow Award: Short story with western theme. No word limit. 

      Sponsor-Dusty Richards

8.  Jim Richardson Memorial Award: Short story, any genre. Limit 3,000 words.

      Sponsor-Delois McGrew in memory of her son.

9.  Your Lucky Day Award: A humorous essay about ‘good luck’. Limit 1500 words.

      Sponsor- Chrissy Willis

10.  Search for Excellence Award: Nonfiction memoir or essay. Limit 2,500 words.

        Sponsors-Leon and Dot Combs

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

12. Five Hundred Word Flash: Historical flash fiction up to 500 words.

       Sponsor: The Village Writing School.

13. Amphorae Publishing Group Award: First chapter of a Scifi novel. Build a world          and take us Away!  Sponsor- Amphorae Publishing Group

14. 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) 

15. It's A Mystery!; Mystery Short Story: Limit 3,000 words.
       Sponsors-Jim and Marsha Davis

Conference Awards  $25/$15/$10

16. Flash Fiction: Limit 99 words. Must have beginning,
       middle, end. Sponsor-David Kirkland

17.  Western: Western short fiction or article.Limit 2,000 words. Possible                                  publication in Cactus Country Anthology. Sponsor-Cactus Country Publishing.

18.  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

19.  It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Short story between 500-1000 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. Sponsor- Lonnie                  Whitaker.

20.  Fractured Fairy Tales: Put a twist on a well-known fairy tale. Humor or drama.                600 word limit. Must have a title. Sponsor-Marcia Gaye

21.  Your Lucky Romance: Short story where luck played a role in romance (no                    erotica),2013 word limit. Sponsor: Larissa Towers.

22. Middle Grade Fiction for Boys Ages 9-12: Fiction 1,500-2,500 words.                              Sponsor-Reneé LaViness

23.  Tell Me Another Story: Children’s story for beginning readers
        or younger. Five page maximum. Sponsor-Clouse Literary Arts and Theater.

24.  Space Journey: Science fiction genre in the style of 50’s Sci-Fi movies.

        2000 word limit.  Sponsor-Tahlequah Writers

25.  Historical Poem: Use the Wikipedia definition (click here.) as a guide. No line                 limit. Sponsor-Rickey Pittman

26.  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

27.  Essay Contest: Limit 300 words. Creative non-fiction essay on your favorite family         tradition. Sponsor-Linda Apple

28. 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

29. 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.


30. You Lucky Dog!: Humorous short story or essay with a dog in it (no talking                     animals). Dog does not have to the main character. No Word Limit. Sponsor:                    Ebeenezer Longfellow.

31.  Free Verse Poetry: Free verse poem, must have definite rhythm. Limit 2 pages.               Any topic. Sponsor-Pat Richards

 2017 Contests click here for a PDF

51st Annual Grand Conference Awards

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.

4. Lee Ann Russell Memorial Poetry Award- Villanelle.  No particular             theme.   $150--$75--$25.

    Sponsors: Larry Cunningham, Peggy Russell and Penny Russell. 

Contest Chair for 2017

Delois McGrew

P.O. Box 9076

​Fayetteville, AR 72703-0018

For contest questions email: ozarkcreativewriters@ozarkcreativewriters.com

​or call 336-407-9098.

Contest Guidelines (You must register for the conference by August 25 to enter any contest)

For a PDF of the Contest Rules (CLICK HERE)

  1. Contest entrants must be registered for the conference to enter, and all entries must be postmarked by August 25, 2017. 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 2016 contests may not enter that same contest in 2017 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 Delois McGrew at the address below.