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The Palm Springs Writers Guild Annual Short Story Contest
is now open to all members.

Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners:
$300 first place
$200 second place
$100 third place
Each member is allowed one submission. Cost of entry is $25.

Our judge:
Lisa Moore

Submission requires an online contest entry form and subsequent payment.
 Online Submission only! Submissions are to be emailed as attachments in MS Word Document (.doc or .docx). Any other file format will be disqualified.

Contest Rules:

  • All entries must be formatted as WORD documents, double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Manuscripts must have 1inch margins.
  • Entry word count should not exceed 2,500 words.
  • Title of manuscript must appear in each page header.
  • Pages must be numbered in lower right hand corner.
  • All manuscripts must be original, unpublished work.
  • Author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on manuscript.
  • Submissions must be an original, unpublished (print or electronic) written work and a non-previous prize winner.
  • Contest Entry Fee payments via PayPal or Guest of PayPal must be paid at time of completing Contest Entry Form.

    Please note: failure to comply with the rules will result in a disqualification. Disqualified applicants and non- winners are not reimbursed application fees.

    At contest conclusion, submissions will be deleted. Critique of your work is not provided for this contest.

Example of Subject line of email:
Subject: PSWG Annual Short Story Contest. YOUR NAME HERE
Example of Cover Letter:
Attached please find my entry to the PSWG Annual Short Story contest titled, “Title Here.”

Entries accepted beginning March 15, 2020 (opening).
No entries accepted after noon on April 15, 2020 (closing).
The annual short story winner will be announced and the story read on June 1st at the general meeting.

About our Judge - Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore has written three novels, Alligator, February and Caught, as 
well as a stage play, based on her novel February. She is also the 
author of three collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness, 
Open, and Something for Everyone. Lisa’s most recent publication is a 
young adult novel called Flannery.

Lisa's writing has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, 
Russian, German, Polish, Turkish and French.

She selected and introduced The Penguin Book of Canadian Contemporary Women’s Short Stories, and Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland. Lisa was the co-editor, along with Dede Crane, of Great Expectations: 24 True Stories About Childbirth, and along with Alex Marland The Democracy Cookbook, a collection of essays about governance in Newfoundland.

Alligator and Caught, and her short story collection Open were short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her novel February was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and won CBC Canada Reads in 2013. She is also the winner of the Writer’s Trust Engel Findley Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Canada/Caribbean 

Lisa has written for the magazines Canadian Art, Walrus, and Elle, as well as the Globe and Mail, the  National Post and the Guardian. She is a professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at Memorial University.

Click here to register and enter.

Kathy Weyer, Vice-President, Contests: kathy.weyer@att.net

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