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The Palm Springs Writers Guild offers several contests throughout the program season. All entries are read and reviewed by judges and seriously considered for placement.

We have three big contests a year as well as a monthly contest.

The three big contests are:

  • The Annual Memoir Contest (link above)
  • The Annual Short Story Contest (link above)
  • The Annual Poetry Contest (link above)

All are larger entries that take some time and give you an opportunity to spread your wings on a larger project. Go to the Contest page and click on the contest you are interested in. Awards have been $300, $200, and $100.

The monthly contests are themed, and are structured for an entry of no more than 500 words. Check out the topics here to see topics chosen for the year, and to register to submit.

You must be a member to enter any contest, and you must be present to receive your award, your check, hear your writing read aloud, have your picture taken, and receive accolades from fellow scribes.

Your story will be read aloud at a Membership meeting. This is an opportunity to show your stuff while adhering to the criteria. Contests are for writers of all levels and are a great opportunity to see how other contests are structured. For experienced writers, this may also be an opportunity for creative challenge by writing outside of your genre. We will not publish your entry on our website as we do not want to you run into the "has this been published somewhere?" question.

Best of luck to everyone sending in an entry. Your work is very much appreciated, and thank you for being a member and contributing to the success of the Palm Springs Writers Guild.

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