SIWG Writing Contest--deadline May 1

The SIWG Writing Contest is an annual and much anticipated event. Entries are open to all persons over 18 years, or enrolled in post-secondary education. Submissions for the 2009 contest can be sent in beginning immediately. The deadline is May 1.



1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25, in each category. Honorable Mentions as determined by judges. Winners will be published in the Writers Voice, the SIWG anthology, unless authors request otherwise. Winners will be notified by mail in September.

Entry Fee

Five dollars per entry, maximum of three entries per author. Check or money order only, no cash. Make checks payable to: John A. Logan College. Entries not enclosing the fee or following the rules will be discarded.

Entry Rules

Fiction - Any subject or genre.
Nonfiction - Biography, memoir, article, or essay on any topic.
Poetry - Any style or topic.
(Please, no explicit sex or excessive violence.)

Original work of the entrant; unpublished at time of submission.

Page limit - Up to eight pages for Fiction and Nonfiction, one or two pages for Poetry.

Format - Standard manuscript format (8-1/2" x 11" paper, typed and double-spaced, 1" margins,12-point Times New Roman, pages numbered and title of entry on every page). Poetry may vary margins and spacing as needed.

Two copies of each entry.

Cover sheet for each entry, with contestant's name, address, category (Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry) and title of entry. Author's name should appea
r only on the cover sheet, not the manuscript. Optional - Provide email address for winner notification; brief bio to include with publication.

All winners must supply social security numbers in order to collect a cash prize. Please do not supply your SSN until you are notified that you have won a cash prize. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Judges will be announced

Mailing Instructions

Postmarked no later than May 1.

Mail flat, not folded, with sufficient postage. Do not send by certified mail.

Optional - include a SAS postcard for verification that your entry was received.

Send to:

John A. Logan College

Attn: Student Activities C109

SIWG Contest Entry

700 Logan College Rd.

Carterville, IL 62918

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