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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
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 Includes unpublished poetry and unpublished prose, fiction or non-fiction.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
|Sept. 9, 2017||In the Heat of the Afternoon||Kara Bachman|
|Oct. 14, 2017||A Justifiable Sin||Jerry Blacklaw|
|Nov. 11, 2017||In the Back Seat of a Taxi||Linda Busby Parker|
|Dec. 9, 2017||No contest - members read-3 minute limit||N/A|
|Jan. 20 2018||A Year After He Died||Frye Gaillard|
|Feb. 10, 2018||The Heart of the Matter||Leslie Anne Tarabella|
|Mar. 10, 2018||A Strange Branch on the Family Tree||T. K. Thorne|
|April 14, 2018||Motive for the Theft||Sue Brannan Walker|
|May 12, 2018||No contest-members read-3 minute limit||N/A|