The 2020 Southeastern Writers Contest

Now open to ALL!


You do not have to attend the conference

in order to enter the contest.

Entry fee: Free for SWA members

or $35 fee for Non-members

(this fee will also give you SWA membership for one year

and you may enter as many of the contests listed below as you like

at no extra charge.)

Contest Categories:



Hal Bernard Memorial Award

 Young Adult/Midgrade (YA/MG - short story OR novel)

Purcell Award for Best Novel by First-time Attendee

Vega Award - Speculative Fiction

GT Youngblood for Short Stories

Historical Fiction

Flash Fiction

True Crime Writing (fiction OR non-fiction)

Humor Award (poetry OR short story)

Angel Award for Holiday Season

Excellence in Inspirational Writing

Bill Westhead Memorial

Harry Rubin Limerick Award

For detailed entry instructions for each contest, click here

There will be monetary prizes for all categories.

The entry deadline is May 1, 2020

so start polishing those manuscripts now!

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