MWA Writing Contest Announcements 


Maryland Writers’ Association Annual Writing Contest

It’s our 30th Anniversary and MWA is celebrating!  We want to hear from YOU about Maryland. The 30 winning submissions will be collected into an anthology titled, 30 Ways to Love Maryland.

  • Contest is open to all MWA Members.
  • Submission must have a Maryland theme.
  • Submission may be fiction or non-fiction.
  • No poetry, erotica, children’s literature, or religious material.
  • Word count: 500-3,500 words.
  • Work must be submitted via the contest submission form.
  • Work should be publication ready.
  • There is no guarantee of publication.
  • Limit of three entries per person.
  • No entries will be accepted after midnight October 31, 2018.
  • While writers do not have to reside in Maryland, each written piece must include a substantive connection to the state.
  • Work will be judged on creativity, quality of writing, and fit with theme.
  • There are no cash prizes. Winners will receive one copy of 30 Ways to Love Maryland at or around the time of the 2019 MWA Conference. Additional books will go on sale at the conference.
  • Submission which do not meet the criteria will be eliminated.

For more information, contact [email protected].

Submit between July 1 and October 31, 2018

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Members, submit your entries here.


Previous Contest Winners

The MWA Novel Contest:

The MWA Short Works Contest: