Entering a competition and having a deadline helps inspire and motivate you! Winning a contest or scholarship is a great resumé builder. Willamette Writers offers competitions in a variety of genres throughout the year, and provides several opportunities to submit your writing and get it published:
Writing students and their instructors can receive a free day pass to the Willamette Writers Conference, a three day writers conference held in Portland, OR the first weekend of each August.
The literary journal of Willamette Writers is published twice a year. The Summer edition is published in time to be featured at the Willamette Writers Conference. Winners of the Kay Snow Writing Contest are automatically considered for publication in the Timberline Review.
Open January through March, Willamette Writers’ annual seven-page screenplay competition offers the unique prize of having the winning script produced. The short film premieres at the Willamette Writers Conference and the winning writer receives a pass to the conference.
Named in honor of a founder of Willamette Writers, the Kay Snow Contest encourages writers to reach their professional goals. Categories include the Paulann Peterson Award for Poetry, the Roland Smith Award for YA and Middle Grade Fiction, the Nonfiction Award, Fiction Award, and Student Awards grades 1-12. Prizes range from $50-$300, and $10-$50 for student writers. Winners are honored at the August Willamette Writers Conference gala, and are automatically considered for publication in the Willamette Writers’ literary journal, the Timberline Review.
The Kate Herzog Scholarship, named for a co-founder and longtime supporter of Willamette Writers, provides four scholarships for high school seniors entering college, college freshman and sophomores.