When I was discouraged about my first novel I submitted a chapter to the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Contest and won a prize. That award gave me just the boost I needed to start a new novel… It gave me credibility, enough credibility to convince quite a few agents to take a look at my next novel. …I believe submitting one’s best work to contests is well worth the effort.” – Maryka Biaggio, author of Parlor Games (Doubleday, 2013)
The purpose of this annual writing contest, named in honor of Willamette Writer’s founder, Kay Snow, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing in a broad array of categories and to encourage student writers. The deadline for the next contest is April 23rd, 2014.
This annual writing contest awards one first prize of $300, one second place prize of $150, and a third place prize of $50 per winning entry in each of the five categories; fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, poetry, and student writer. Student writers are awarded $50 for first place in three grade divisions, $20 for second place, and $10 for third place.
Entries cost $10 for Willamette Writers members, $15 for general public. Student entries are free.
Submit as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org. To pay online, use the links below. Note: Entry fee for online submission includes $2.00 for handling and printing submissions.
Winners of the Kay Snow contest are invited to an awards banquet at the annual Willamette Writers Conference held August 1st-3rd, 2014. The Gala Awards Banquet is August 2nd. The conference offers a variety of workshops, opportunities to meet agents, editors and film producers, and many resources for writers.
For more information, please contact our Awards and Scholarships Chair, Lizzy Shannon, at email@example.com.
The winners of the 2013 Kay Snow Writing Contest are:
1st place – “God is Pleased to Hear the Children Pray” by Ruby Murray
2nd place – “Coyote Calls Down the Gods” by Bruce Campbell
3rd Place – “The Bones of Pele” by Bonnie Dodge
1st Place – “Your Bed’s Too Small” by Ann Gudger
2nd Place – “Learning Chutzpah” by Diana Harris
3rd Place – “Seeing and Not Seeing” by Chrys Buckley
1st Place – “There Are No Seekers” by Melissa Reeser Poulin
2nd Place – “Mermaid at World’s End” by Darcy Scholts
3rd Place – “Ripe Orgasmic Earth” by Kate Marsh
Honorable Mention “Our Paths” by Kristen Storer
Writing for Young Readers
1st Place – “Winter in My Heart” by Gibron Perrone
2nd Place – “Sampson Leaves Home” by Marilyn Owen
3rd Place – “Any Dreams Won’t Do” by Kelly Garrett
1st Place – “Love Judge” by Amy Fredericks
2nd Place – “The Kids from Nowwhere” by George Guthridge and Deborah Schildt
3rd Place “Perfect Guy for Hire” by Waka Brown
Students, Grades 1-5
1st Place – “Getting Steve” by Joey Lieberman
2nd Place – “Down Under” by Abby Clark
3rd Place – “Cookie” by Noah Tai
Students, Grades 6-8
1st Place – “Nowhere to Go” by Sarah Hogan
2nd Place – “A Buddy” by Deenee Freeman
3rd Place – “A Squirrel Story” by Sahalie Pittman
Students, Grades 9-12
1st Place – “Flying Free” by Kalin Swift
2nd Place – “Wanted” by Nichole Parks
3rd Place – “Going Back” by Ana Maria Villaveces