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SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest

The Golden Quill Writing Contest is a tri-genre contest that awards a total of $1,200 in prizes and publication in the debut issue of SLO NightWriters' new literary journal to the first and second place short story, creative nonfiction piece (essays and memoir), and poem engaging with this year's theme: memories.

This year's final entries will be judged by NYT bestselling author Tod Goldberg (fiction); award-winning author Anne Janzer (creative nonfiction); and former San Luis Obispo County poet laureate Marguerite Costigan (poetry).

CONTEST RULES & GUIDELINES

  • This year's theme is "memories." All submissions must engage with the theme in some way.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • The contest is open to writers 18 years of age and over residing in the United States and Canada.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction (essays and memoir): up to 5,000 words.
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems per submission, up to 60 lines of poetry per poem.
  • Please use industry standard formatting as applicable to your form: Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced, one-inch margins.
  • First-place winners in each category will receive a $300 cash prize and publication in the debut issue of SLO NightWriters new literary journal.
  • Second-place winners in each category will receive a $100 cash prize and publication in the debut issue of SLO NightWriters new literary journal.
  • All entries will be considered for publication.
  • All submissions will be online through our Duosuma submission portal.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere. Entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • Current SLO NightWriters Board Members are ineligible.
  • Entry fee: $20 for SLO NightWriters members and $25 for nonmembers.

CONTEST DIRECTOR: Harvey Ardman. Please direct any questions to: [email protected].

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Quick Links to Open Calls:

Fiction (Member of SLO NightWriters) Fee: usd $20.00

Open

Closes on Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59 PM PDT (in 41 days)

FICTION GUIDELINES

  • Word count: 5,000 words maximum.
  • Entry fee: $20 for members of SLO NightWriters / $25 for non-members.
  • See Contest Rules & Guidelines above for additional requirements.

Fiction (Non-Member of SLO NightWriters) Fee: usd $25.00

Open

Closes on Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59 PM PDT (in 41 days)

FICTION GUIDELINES

  • Word count: 5,000 words maximum.
  • Entry fee: $20 for members of SLO NightWriters / $25 for non-members.
  • See Contest Rules & Guidelines above for additional requirements.

Nonfiction (Member of SLO NightWriters) Fee: usd $20.00

Open

Closes on Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59 PM PDT (in 41 days)

CREATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

  • Creative Nonfiction includes essays and memoir.
  • Word count: 5,000 words maximum.
  • Entry fee: $20 for members of SLO NightWriters / $25 for non-members.
  • See Contest Rules & Guidelines above for additional requirements.

Nonfiction (Non-Member of SLO NightWriters) Fee: usd $25.00

Open

Closes on Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59 PM PDT (in 41 days)

CREATIVE NONFICTION GUIDELINES

  • Creative Nonfiction includes essays and memoir.
  • Word count: 5,000 words maximum.
  • Entry fee: $20 for members of SLO NightWriters / $25 for non-members.
  • See Contest Rules & Guidelines above for additional requirements.

Poetry (Member of SLO NightWriters) Fee: usd $20.00

Open

Closes on Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59 PM PDT (in 41 days)

POETRY GUIDELINES

  • Up to 3 poems in one submission, up to 60 lines of poetry per poem.
  • Entry fee: $20 for members of SLO NightWriters / $25 for non-members.
  • See Contest Rules & Guidelines above for additional requirements.

Poetry (Non-Member of SLO NightWriters Fee: usd $25.00

Open

Closes on Sunday, June 30, 2024 11:59 PM PDT (in 41 days)

POETRY GUIDELINES

  • Up to 3 poems in one submission, up to 60 lines of poetry per poem.
  • Entry fee: $20 for members of SLO NightWriters / $25 for non-members.
  • See Contest Rules & Guidelines above for additional requirements.