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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 Includes unpublished poetry and unpublished prose, fiction or non-fiction.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 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.

2017-2018 Monthly Contest Prompts

Due DatePromptJudge
Sept. 8, 2018If I had known then what I know nowSuzanne Hudson and Joe Formichella
Oct. 13, 2018What took you so long?Suzanne Barnhill
Nov. 10, 2018It was here when I moved inRoy LeBlanc
Dec. 8, 2018No contest - members read-3 minute limitN/A
Jan. 12 2019This was not my idea Charlotte Pence
Feb. 9, 2019The last time he saw herSue Brannan Walker
Mar. 9, 2019At that moment she should have leftLynn Oldshue
April 13, 2019A Challenge With Corporate CensorshipKaren Kurtz
May 11, 2019No contest-members read-3 minute limitN/A