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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 Includes unpublished poetry and unpublished prose, fiction or non-fiction.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 the 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 the 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 entry to the meeting and give to Barbara Lassiter, Contest Chair, before the meeting starts.

2 or 3. Do this only if you do not intend to be at the meeting. Barbara must receive the entry by the Friday before the meeting via mail to P. O. Box 397, Daphne, AL, 36526 or email at

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

2020-2021 Monthly Contest Prompts

Due DatePromptJudge
Sept. 12, 2020You're gonna make it after all
Oct. 10, 2020A cool autumn evening on the dock of Mobile Bay
Nov. 14, 2020There was blood and a single gunshot
Dec. 12, 2020No contest No speaker
Jan. 9 2021It happened around 5 in the afternoon
Feb. 13, 2021Right place, right time
Mar. 13, 2021The strange looking house on the corner
April 10, 2021Hearing the sound of a train in the distance
May 8, 2021No contestNo speaker