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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 will receive via email a copy of the meeting minutes and treasurer’s report before the next meeting.
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 Includes unpublished poetry and unpublished prose, fiction or non-fiction.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 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 Rosanne Gulisano, Contest Chair, before the meeting starts.
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
|Sept. 2022||Right outside the window|
|Oct. 2022||Desperate for cash|
|Nov. 2022||That would be a perfect world|
|Dec. 2022||No contest||No speaker|
|Jan. 2023||I promise; this is not dangerous|
|Feb. 2023||The heirloom had been in the family for 200 years|
|Mar. 2023||The day the debt was due|
|April 2023||It was powerful to just say “No.”|
|May 2023||No contest||No speaker|