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Members are eligible to compete in monthly writing contests. Other benefits include: e-newsletter, e-yearbook, and a link on our Bookshelf page. (To be included on the Bookshelf, please fill out and submit this form). Members can the president to receive their copy of the e-newsletter and e-yearbook.

Membership Contest Rules

Contest Entries

September through April contests will be held for dues-paying members. Includes unpublished poetry and unpublished prose, fiction or non-fiction. Only one submission in each category per month. Entries must relate to the monthly prompts (listed below). Prose is limited to 500 words, double spaced; poetry is limited to two typed pages, single-spaced with double spacing between stanzas.

Entries are judged blind by the month’s guest speaker. Submit two documents. First is entry with no author information. Second is a one page cover sheet with author’s name, category noted as poetry or prose, title, first two lines, and word count for prose. NOTE: prose entry cannot be judged if word count is not on the cover sheet or exceeds 500 words. Prizes awarded for both poetry and prose: $10 for first place, $5 for second place, no cash prize for Honorable Mention. All winners are asked to read their winning entry.

Three ways to submit entries: 1. Bring to the meeting and give to Barbara Lassiter, Contest Chair, before the meeting starts. 2. Mail to her at P. O. Box 397, Daphne, AL, 36526. (must be received by the Friday before the meeting).  3. Email entry to Barbara Lassiter at

NOTE: The Pensters and the Contest Chair assume no responsibility for lost, late, undelivered or misaddressed entries. Late entries will not be judged.

2017-2018 Monthly Contest Prompts

Due DatePromptJudge
Sept. 9, 2017In the Heat of the Afternoon Kara Bachman
Oct. 14, 2017A Justifiable SinJerry Blacklaw
Nov. 11, 2017In the Back Seat of a TaxiLinda Busby Parker
Dec. 9, 2017No contest - members read-3 minute limitN/A
Jan. 20 2018A Year After He DiedFrye Gaillard
Feb. 10, 2018The Heart of the MatterLeslie Anne Tarabella
Mar. 10, 2018A Strange Branch on the Family TreeT. K. Thorne
April 14, 2018Motive for the Theft Sue Brannan Walker
May 12, 2018No contest-members read-3 minute limitN/A