Next Great Writers Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, May 1
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 five poems). The prize is $150 for first place and $100 for second place. Refer to general contest info above for more information.

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

General contest information: For all contests, please include a $10 reading fee per 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 submission deadlines listed. Entries will be judged by qualified panels. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at public readings on the dates listed below.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

The building is currently closed to the public until further notice.

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Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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