Opening on April 1, 2017 - State literary contests in prose and poetry for adult and youth categories - open for submissions April 1 through June 15 of 2017. Links to those contest guidelines are below and can also be found on the website, www.kansasauthors.org.

Literary Contest Guidelines--prose and poetry (Adult)

Youth Writing Contests--fiction, non-fiction, poetry 

Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest (note that entries for the Karnowski contest are not accepted on Submittable. Guidelines are provided here for your convenience. Youth are encouraged to enter both the Karnowski and the Kansas Authors Club contests.)
Ends on June 15, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  • Sonnet (14 lines)
  • Blank Verse (iambic pentameter, unrhymed, 40-line limit)
  • Sestina (39-line as per structure)
  • all other forms (40-line limit)

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in your 2016 yearbook, pages 49-50.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  • 40-line limit, no rhythm, no rhyme.
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines prior to entering.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  • 40-line limit, tells a story, may be rhymed or not.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in your 2016 yearbook, pages 49-50.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  • 20-line limit. Light, humorous, limerick, shaped, or nonsense.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in your 2016 yearbook, pages 49-50.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  • Haiku (3-lines, 17-syllables with 5, 7, 5 per line), 

  • Tanka (5-lines, 31-syllables with 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 per line) 

  • Renga (restricted to ten sentences/lines and need not rhyme).

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in your 2016 yearbook, pages 49-50.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  • Three or four verses, one chorus/refrain, 40-line limit.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in your 2016 yearbook, pages 49-50.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
  •  40-line limit in any form.


Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in your 2016 yearbook, pages 49-50.
  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.

$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.
  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.

Adult Author Writing for Teen Audience (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 1,000 words. Entries are for the Young Adult genre, which includes middle school through high school students. All genres, styles and storytelling techniques are allowed. (Category sponsored by Ray “Grizzly” Racobs, D5 Treasurer)

Ends on June 15, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.
  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.
Ends on June 15, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines prior to entering.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines prior to entering.
  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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.
  2. Make sure that your manuscript is double-spaced and in a standard 12 point font, and
  3. is no longer than 750 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 750 words. A story that produces amusement or laughter using any number of established or invented literary devices, styles and tones.
Ends on June 15, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.
  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.

Personality Profile (non-fiction) - Limit 1,000 words. A news/feature magazine or newspaper style article on a famous, important or dynamic living person in Kansas. The article should contain research, observation and interviews. It should be written in a lively and interesting way that reveals unique aspects of the subject’s life, personality and contributions. (Category sponsored by Dan Close, KAC Prose Contest Manager and D5 member)

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines prior to entering.
  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.
Theme Contest: Follow the Mysteries of Kansas (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 1,500 words.  Can 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, 2017$5.00 - 8.00
$5.00 - 8.00
Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete contest guidelines before entering.
  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 President and D5 Public Relations Chair)

 

Ends on June 15, 2017
800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines online or in the most current yearbook.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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, 2017
800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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, 2017
800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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, 2017
800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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, 2017
800 word limit; short story or chapter of a novel.

Prior to entering:
  1. Review the complete guidelines before entering.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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.

Ends on June 15, 2017
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.
  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.