Our youth and adult contests are open April 1 through June 15 of each year. 

Guidelines can be found in the 2019 yearbook and online here,  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/writing-contests---all-ages.html

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The 2019 KAC Convention theme is Hook 'Em and Book 'Em. Any written poem that utilizes and expands on this theme may enter. Classical and Japanese poems have specific forms, free verse and narrative poetry have a 40-line limit. Whimsy is limited to 20 lines. Please note the contest guidelines prohibit the same entry being entered in multiple categories.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Classic forms include the sonnet, blank verse, and the sestina.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

FREE VERSE: Poems without a set rhyme or rhythm requirement. 40-line limit.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines prior to entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Poems that tell a story. 40-line limit.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Light, humorous poetry, including limericks, shaped poems, and nonsense poems. 20-line limit.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Japanese forms include haiku, tanka, and renga.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Video entries for spoken word poetry should be no longer than 3 minutes, performed by the writer, with no more than one minute of singing (or one-third of the total entry time). Submissions by video need to be filmed in landscape format and uploaded to the Submittable website in video format. Acceptable formats include MPV, AVI, 3GP, WEBM, MKV, MOV, MPG, FLV, WMV, M4V.

1.       Pieces should be no more than 3 minutes long.

2.       Pieces must be of original work, written by the person who is performing the piece.

3.       Singing is allowed, but for no more than 1 minute of the piece.

4.       Pieces should be filmed in landscape format (not portrait)

5.       Have fun! 


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

A category for poets who are beginning to write poetry. Entries are limited to poets who have not previously won a top-three place in the KAC State Poetry Contest. All forms accepted; 40-line limit.
 

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
     

 

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines prior to entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 1,500 words
  4. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Limit 1,500 words. May be written in any genre so long as it relates to the conference theme. Demonstrates creativity in the form of new viewpoints, fresh writing techniques and captivating content.

Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 1,000 words
  4. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Humor (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 1,000 words. A story that produces amusement or laughter using any number of established or invented literary devices, styles and tones. 


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines prior to entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 1,500 words
  4. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Memoir or Inspirational (non-fiction) - Limit 1,500 words. A story based on personal experience that tells of a significant experience in one's life. The piece evokes a special time, place and memory, and is told in literary rather than merely chronological fashion. The piece should demonstrate an intellectual, spiritual or emotional turning point. 


Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.   https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 500 words
  4. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Flash Fiction (fiction) - Limit 500 words. A complete story in a much-abbreviated form, often told in vivid scenes. Usually involves three or fewer characters engaging in inner or outward conflict. Some aspects remain unspoken or imply a larger story. The ability to show, rather than merely tell, is one of the form's literary qualities. 


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 1,000 words
  4. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Stories Written for Teenagers (ages 13-19) (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 1,000 words. All genres, styles and storytelling techniques are allowed. (Category sponsored by Ray "Grizzly" Racobs.) 



Prose (Adult): Short Story (fiction)
Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines prior to entering.   https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 1,500 words
  4. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Short Story (fiction) - Limit 1,500 words. An invented narrative shorter than a novel but with a fully developed theme, usually including only a few characters involved in the plot. All genres are allowed. (Category sponsored by Ellen Plumb's City Bookstore, Emporia.  https://ellenplumbs.indielite.org/)

Ends on June 15, 2019$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.   https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

Playwriting (fiction or non-fiction) – A total of four pages for Act 1, Scene 1 and additional information (can be single-spaced). Script must include title and descriptions of cast, scenes, time/era, settings, curtain rise, dialogue, actions, stage directions and more. See details on format under Guidelines for Entering online. (Category sponsored by Roy Beckemeyer, KAC State Past President and D5 Public Relations Chair.)


 

Prior to entering:
 

  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.    https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.

 First Chapter of a Book (fiction or non-fiction) – Limit 2,000 words. Must be from an unpublished work, e.g., a manuscript or work-in-progress. Author may include a separate 500-word book synopsis. (Category sponsored by Mike and Monica Graves, D2 members.)


 

Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.    https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/adult-literary-contest-guidelines.html 

For this contest, the author must submit the URL of a personal website they maintain, a "mission statement" describing the purpose of the website or blog, direct links to at least 3 entries or pages within the site that the author would like to highlight, and a short paragraph detailing how and where the site is publicized and promoted. Elements that will be considered in judging include but are not limited to 1) how well does the blog fulfill its mission statement, 2) frequency and quality of entries, 3) ease of navigation and visual appeal.
 

Open to youth, grades 7-12, residing in Kansas AND to student members of the Kansas Authors Club, regardless of residence. 


1.       Pieces should be no more than 3 minutes long.

2.       Pieces must be of original work, written by the person who is performing the piece.

3.       Singing is allowed, but for no more than 1 minute of the piece.

4.       Pieces should be filmed in landscape format (not portrait)

5.       Have fun! 


800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  4. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is fiction. Fiction is NOT a true story. It is a made up story from your imagination. If your story is a true story, something that actually happened to you or a report based on fact, it belongs in the non-fiction category.


800 word limit; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and real people.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in the most current yearbook.  https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html 
  2. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  3. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  4. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is non-fiction. Non-fiction is a true story. If your story is not something that actually happened, or not a report based on fact, it belongs in fiction category.


40-line limit, any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, or song lyric.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in the most current yearbook.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is fiction. Fiction is NOT a true story. It is a made up story from your imagination. If your story is a true story, something that actually happened to you or a report based on fact, it belongs in the non-fiction category.


800 word limit; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and real people.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is non-fiction. Non-fiction is a true story. If your story is not something that actually happened, or not a report based on fact, it belongs in fiction category.


40-line limit, any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, or song lyric.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before you enter.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is fiction. Fiction is NOT a true story. It is a made up story from your imagination. If your story is a true story, something that actually happened to you or a report based on fact, it belongs in the non-fiction category.


800 word limit; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and real people.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is non-fiction. Non-fiction is a true story. If your story is not something that actually happened, or not a report based on fact, it belongs in fiction category.


40-line limit, any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, or song lyric.

Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is fiction. Fiction is NOT a true story. It is a made up story from your imagination. If your story is a true story, something that actually happened to you or a report based on fact, it belongs in the non-fiction category.


800 word limit; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and real people.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is non-fiction. Non-fiction is a true story. If your story is not something that actually happened, or not a report based on fact, it belongs in fiction category.


40-line limit, any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, or song lyric.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines prior to entering.    

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is fiction. Fiction is NOT a true story. It is a made up story from your imagination. If your story is a true story, something that actually happened to you or a report based on fact, it belongs in the non-fiction category.


800 word limit; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and real people.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your story is in a standard 12 point font.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.
  3. Before you enter, ask yourself if this story is non-fiction. Non-fiction is a true story. If your story is not something that actually happened, or not a report based on fact, it belongs in fiction category.


40-line limit, any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, or song lyric.


Prior to entering:

  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.   

https://kansasauthorsclub.weebly.com/youth-contest-guidelines.html

  1. Make sure that your poem is in a standard 12 point font and fits on one page.
  2. Your name should NOT appear on the manuscript or in the file name of the document you submit.


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