Writing Contests

Summer 2019

Next Great Writer Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, May 3
Public reading: Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 (with winners of Flash Fiction Contest)

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts of fiction or nonfiction prose (up to 2,000 words) or poetry (up to 5 poems). Please include a $10 fee per entry, payable to the Carnegie Center. Entries should also include a cover sheet complete with writer’s name, address, e-mail address, and phone number; names should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, May 3 at 5:00 pm.

Send entries to:
The Next Great Writers Contest
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W. Second Street, Lexington, KY  40507

The prize is $150 for first place and $100 for second place.

Flash Fiction Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, July 12
Public reading: Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 (with winners of Next Great Writer Contest)

Writers have been producing very short fiction for hundreds of years. From Aesop to Hemingway, they’ve written stories with a protagonist, plot, and resolution–all in 500 words or fewer. Now it’s your chance to say it in 500 words. Entries will be judged. Winners and finalists will be invited to read their work at the public reading in August, alongside winners and finalists of the spring Next Great Writers Contest. Please include a $10 reading fee per entry, payable to the Carnegie Center. Each entry should include name, address, email address, and phone number on a separate cover page (NOT on the manuscript itself). Entry and reading fee must be received or postmarked by Friday, July 12, 5:00 pm.

Send entries to:
Flash Fiction Contest
251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY, 40507

The prize is $150 for first place and $100 for second place.