Contest #1 Carl Iannacone Memorial

1st Marilyn Joyner

2nd Martha Rodrigues

3rd Gary L Breezeel

Contest #2 WOW Press award

1st Marilyn Joyner

2nd Del Garrett

3rd C.Allan Butkus

Contest #3 Mistletoe Award

1st Gary Rodgers

2nd Kimberly Vernon

3rd Mary Lou Moran

Contest #4 Youth Poetry

1st Xaundra LaViness



Contest #5 Dilemma Award

1st Kimberly Vernon

2nd Jerry Davis

3rd Mary Lou Moran

Contest #6 Erdel Family Award

1st Jeanie Horn

2nd Kimberly Vernon

3rd Carole Crow

Contest #7 Touch of Magic Award

1st Gene LaViness

2nd Mary Lou Moran

3rd Gary L Breezeel

Contest #8 Gimme the Creeps Award

1stTerry Alexander

2nd Kimberly Vernon

3rd Gary L Breezeel

Contest #9 Scrabbke Scranble

1st Gary Rodgers

2nd Carole Crow

3rd Gary L Breezeel

Contest #10 Who Dunnit

1stMartha Rodriguez

2nd Cassandra Jordan

3rd Lizbeth L McCarty

Contest #1 1 Piioneer Prose

1st C.Allan Butkus

2nd Gary Rodgers

3rd Gary L Breezeel

Contest #12 Pioneer Poetry

1st Lisbeth L McCarty

2nd John McPherson

3rd Marilyn Joyner

Contest #13 White Co Creative

1st Shelley Anne Richter

2nd Cheri Lynn Quattrochi

3rd Jerry Davis

Contest #14 La Viness Mystery

1st Mary Lou Moran

2nd C.Allan Butkus

3rd Shirley Stewart

Contest #15 Scott Settlement

1st Jeanie Horn

2nd Anthony Wood

3rd Kimberly Vernon

Contest #16 Musical Mayhem

1st Carole Crow

2nd Shelley Anne Richter

3rd Gary Rodgers

Contest #17 Goodgame Memorial

1st John McPherson

2nd Regina McLemore

3rd Marilyn Joyner

Contest #18 Heidelberger Award

1stBonnie Best

2nd Renee LaViness

3rd Gary Rodgers

Contest #19 Treux Memorial

1st Cheri Lynn Quattrochi

2nd Martha Rodriguez

3rd Marilyn Joyner

Contest #20 Peggy Vining Memorial

1st Kimberly Vernon

2nd Anthony Wood

3rd Gary Rodgers

Contest #21 Jim Barton Memorial

1st Shelley Anne Richter

2nd Kimberly Vernon

3rd Sam Sullivan

Contest #22 Dusty Richards Memorial

1st Martha Rodriguez

2nd Gene LaViness

3rd Anthony Wood



2020 AWC Contests


1. AWARDS made only if contest fee of $20 enabling one to enter all contests unless otherwise instructed. (OUT-OF-STATE entrants are limited to Ten (10) contests), check or money order made payable to Arkansas Writers’ Conference and mailed on or before APRIL 25, 2020 to Ellen Withers, 1815 Columbia Drive, Conway, AR 72034 Must Include Contest Registration Form & entry fee. Conference registration does not include this entry fee.

2. DEADLINE for postmarking manuscripts is MAY 23, 2020. Entries destroyed two weeks after conference. AWC not responsible for manuscripts lost, delayed in mail, or received too late for judging. Do not send SASE. No manuscript returned. No winners’ list mailed but will be posted on the website , et 

3. Only one typed, unpublished manuscript can be entered in more than one contest. Double-space prose, single-space poetry. Use only 12-point font. Standard manuscript form as stated by listed below. Meet all contest specifications including word, line, and page limit.

Please indicate on the top of cover sheet if you want your entry to be included in the AWC Anthology.

4. NO MANUSCRIPT MAY BE ENTERED IN MORE THAN ONE CONTEST. No one may enter contest for which he/she is sponsor, chairman, or judge. 2019 AWC first place contest winners may not enter a contest this year if it is identical. If contestants do not adhere to all rules, entries will be disqualified.

5. PUT CONTEST NUMBER AND NAME OF AWARD in upper left corner of each entry. Do not put your name on any manuscript. Do not staple. Use paper clips. Attach a cover sheet to each entry with: (1) Number and name of contest; (2) Title of entry; (3) First line of entry; (4) Your name, phone number, and mailing address.


Formatting for Contests

1. Use a simple type style like Times Roman or Courier, 12 point preferred, on a letter quality printer. DO NOT use fancy type faces or script styles. The goal is to make the manuscript look professional and pleasant to read.

2. Use white copy paper, 20 pound or better, 8-1/2 x 11 inches. NO onion skin, lined or colored stock.

3. Follow contest rules for identification of manuscripts. Name/address should not to appear on judges’ copy.

4. Double space all prose manuscripts. Poetry may be single-spaced. DO NOT justify right-hand margins. Allow 1 to 1-1/2 inch margins all around.

5. Drop down about half-way on the first page then center your title. DO Not put your name below the title, unless the contest rules call for it.

6. Start your text below the title indenting each paragraph 5 spaces. DO NOT add extra space between paragraphs.

7. Contests can vary on header requirements, but usually require the name of the contest to be placed in the upper left corner and the page number and word count should be placed in the upper right corner. Check the rules for any specific instructions on this issue. The text should begin 3 or 4 spaces below this header on additional pages, i.e. 2, 3 , 4, etc..

8. Type on one side of paper only. Paper clip the finished pages together - do not staple unless instructed to do so - and do not put the manuscript in a folder.



Enclosed is my $20 contest registration fee. I understand this allows me to enter as many contests as I choose (see contest list for restrictions). This contest fee does not include the conference registration fee. Complete address is needed for the mailing of award monies and certificates.


Address: __________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________________ State __________ Zip Code: _______

Phone: _____________________ Email: ________________________________________

Mail this form by MAY 23, 2020 with check or money order payable to NLAPW/AWC to: Ellen Withers, 1815 Columbia Drive, Conway, AR 72034


Literary Contests


1. Carl J Iannacone Memorial Award ($50/$30/$20) Patriotic Short Story. Subject: 4th of July Parade. 1500 words max. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

2. WOW! Press Award. ($50/$30/$20) Subject: A Short, Short Memoir Remembering that one home on your street and who lived there. 750 Words Chair: Janis F. Kearney

3. Mistletoe Award. ($50/$30/$20) Short Story. Subject: Funny story about Dogs Versus Cats. 1500 words max. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

4. Youth Poetry, ($25/$15/$10) Cinquain (5 Lines) Each line has specific syllable count: 2-4-6-8-2. Any subject. Open only to youth age 11-17. Contest fee and conference registration fee for youth is free. Chair: Sara Gipson

5. Dilemma Award. ($25/15/$10) Short Story About How to Deal with Aging Relatives. 1200 word max. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

Contests 6-16 OPEN TO ALL. Cash Awards for contests 6-16 vary.

6. The Erdel Family Memorial Award. ($20/$15/$10) Murder Mystery. 5 pages of a first chapter. Looking for great descriptions and interesting premise from the first chapter of a mystery novel (or what could be the first chapter of a mystery novel.) Chair: Ellen Withers.

7. A TOUCH OF MAGIC ($25/$15/$10) Fantasy Short Story, Any Subject. Protagonist finds a magic wand. 2000 word limit. Chair: Kim Vernon/Gary Rodgers G or PG only.

8. Del Garrett’s Gimme The Creeps. ($25/15/$10) Horror Short Story (no slashers) about vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein, or mummies. 3000 words max. Chair: Del Garrett

9. The Great Scrabble Scramble ($25/$15/$10). Solve a Crime with Scrabble Tile Clues. Short Story. 1200 words. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

10. Fiction Who-Dunnit Award. ($50/$30/$20). Short Mystery Story. The Case of the Missing Car. 1500 words. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

11. AR Pioneer Branch NLAPW Prose Award. ($50/$30/$20) Humorous short story about IRS April 15th Return Posting. 1200 words Chair: Brenda Iannacone

12. AR Pioneer Branch NLAPW Poetry Award. ($50/$30/$20) Free Verse. Any subject. 24 line limit. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

13. White County Creative Writers Award (($25/$15/$10) Five Word Prose: Fiction or Non-Fiction. Any Subject. Must use these words- Bulb, butterball, flea-bitten, purple, and sulfur. 1500 words Chair: WCCW

14. LaViness Award for Living Mystery, ($25/$15/$10) Mystery Short Story: Any subject. Not a murder mystery, No deaths allowed. 2500 words max. Chair: Renee LaViness

15. Scott Plantation Settlement Award. ($25/$15/$10) Memoir. Featuring a log house or barn. 2500 words. Chair: Sara Gipson

16. MUSICAL MAGICAL MAYHEM ($25/$15/$10) Subject: Fantasy Short Story. A person with magical talents discovers an interesting way to use music, with humorous results. 2500 word limit. Chair: Carol Hodges. For a brief critique, request on 1st page of story.



17. David Goodgame Memorial Award ($50/$30/$20). OUR ENDEARING IMPERFECTIONS. Poetry. Free Verse. 30 line limit. Chair: Rita Goodgame

18. Henry & Betty Heidelberger Memorial Prose Award. ($25/$15/$10) Subject: Finding Treasure in the Lower Forty, 1200 word. Chair: Brenda Iannacone

19. Dorothy Truex Memorial Prose Award. ($25/$15/$10) Romance Short Story. Subject: Dance Lessons. A romance that occurs at dance lessons. 1500 words. Chair: Ellen Withers

20. Peggy Vining Memorial Essay Award. ($25/$15/$10) Subject: Best Birthday Gift Ever. 750 word max. Chair: Pioneer Branch NLAPW

21. Jim Barton Memorial Poetry Award. ($25/$15/$10) Haiku; Subject: Nature. Beech form (5 lines) Each line has a specific syllable count arranged in the following order? 2-5-5-3-2 Rhyme Scheme a-b-b-b-a. Chair: Ellen Wither Judge: Sara Gipson

22. Dusty Richards Memorial Prose Award. ($25/$15/$10) Western Short Story Gun Fight. A Western genre short story involving a gun fight. 2500 words. Chair: Ellen Withers



AWC Director: Brenda Iannacone

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (501) 960-5014