Welcome to the Women's National Book Association's 

2015-16 Writing Contest!


Submit between September 15, 2015, and January 15th, 2016.

The contest accepts entries from these three categories:

FICTION: Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction. 2,500–3,000 words maximum.

NON-FICTION: Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary. 2,500 words maximum.

POETRY: 3-5 pages maximum

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Previously published work accepted. Please inform the contest chair if your work is accepted elsewhere. If work is accepted elsewhere please contact the Contest Chair joan@joangelfand.com

WNBA Writing Contest is open to all adults 18 years old or older writing in English. International submissions are welcome if they are able to accept the winning prize in US dollars.

Please do not include your name, address, and contact information on your entry work.  This information will be collected when you fill out the submissions form.

Acceptable formats are:

.docx (Word 2010)

.doc (Word 2003 or earlier)

.rtf (Rich Text Format)

.pdf (PDF)

You may submit more than one entry, but each entry requires a fee and a separate entry.
The winner will be announced May 1, 2016 and the winning entry published in Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women's National Book Association.

Select your type of entry below as a current member of the Women's National Book Association or as a non-member.  All entries are welcomed!

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$15.00 USD

Ends on 1/15/2016


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$20.00 USD

Ends on 1/15/2016