Center for Women Writers

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


International Literary Awards in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Poetry


$1000 in each category

$150 in each category for an Honorable Mention (judges' discretion)

Contest Fee:

Submissions received between 1 December - 31 December 2015 can submit under the early bird rate of $10. Submissions received between 1 January 2016 - 15 February 2016 pay the regular contest fee of $15.


Elissa Washuta for Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction

Blas Falconer for Rita Dove Award in Poetry

Jacinda Townsend for Reynolds Price Award in Fiction

Statement of Ethics:

We give submissions to our readers & to our judges as anonymous submissions; we have no identifying material on the submissions. 

If you have worked closely with the judge in the category in which you are submitting, and that judge, then, knows your work, do not submit the work the judge has knowledge of. 

If a judge recognizes your work as that which they have knowledge of, we will ask the judge to inform us immediately & we will find an alternate judge.

General Guidelines:

 *Competitions are open to anyone writing in English, except current Salem Academy & College employees & students.

*All submissions must be previously unpublished.

*Fiction submissions are up to 5,000 words

*CNF submissions are up to 5,000 words

*Poetry submissions: 3 poems, any style

*Author’s name and address must appear on a cover page only. If your name appears on your submission, it will be immediately disqualified. This is incredibly important in our CNF category: please carefully proofread your piece to ensure that your name does not appear in your submission.

*Submit: a cover page with your name, address, telephone, email, genre, word count (for prose), and the title(s) of the work(s), and contest fee.

*You may enter the contest as often as you’d like, in as many categories as you’d like. Each submission requires the contest fee, and should be submitted as a separate entry. In other words, do not send two or more entries in one envelope or as one document.