Member Writing Contests

The Palm Springs Writers Guild offers several types of contests throughout the program season. Most contest winners will receive a prize of some denomination. The stories may be read aloud at a Membership meeting or published in a literary magazine or e-magazine. The contests are an opportunity for new writers to learn the criteria and structure for submitting an entry.  Including deadlines, word count, font size and story structure. For experienced writers, this may also be an opportunity for creative challenge by writing outside of his/her genre.

In May, we celebrate the winners of the Annual Writing Contest with a fun event featuring professional readers and some great refreshments!

For all levels, the PSWG Writing Contests are challenging & fun.

These are the general contest rules which adhere to all contests. Please refer to the individual contest for specific rules for that contest.

Contest Rules:

  1. For Short Story submissions please remember a short story is fiction.
  2. For Essay submissions please remember an essay is a non-fiction personal essay or memoir.
  3. Font: New Times Roman 12 Point (as required on manuscripts)
  4. Word Count: 1,300 to 1,500 (might vary, please check individual contest page)
  5. Page count: must be on right hand lower corner
  6. Submit your story to: - and you can also e-mail us there if you have any questions!
  7. Author's name should not be on manuscript pages 
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