Writing Contests

Winter/Spring 2019

Harriett A. Rose Legacies Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, February 8
Public reading: Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 pm

Writers over age 55 are invited to submit poems, stories, essays, or memoirs drawn from the writer’s personal history. Manuscripts should be limited to 1,500 words (about five, typed, double-spaced pages, which may include up to five poems). Please include a $10 reading fee per five-page entry, payable to the Carnegie Center. Entries must also include a cover sheet complete with writer’s name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and date of birth; names and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Manuscripts will not be returned. Entries must be received or postmarked by Friday, February 8 at 5:00 pm.

Send entries to:
The Harriett A. Rose Legacies Contest
Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
251 W. Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Entries will be judged by a qualified panel. The prize is $100 for first place and $50 for second place. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at the Legacies Reading on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:oo pm. The reading is open to the public.

Next Great Writer Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, May 3
Public reading: summer (date TBA)

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. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at a public reading this summer (date TBA).