Writing Contest

Enter the Cape Cod Writers Center First Annual Writing Contest, judged by writers, editors, and librarians, offering a top prize in each category of $200, plus a free conference session at the 2014 Cape Cod Writers Conference (Aug. 7-10, 2014), and an individual critique by an agent or editor.


  • Adult Fiction
  • Adult Non-Fiction
  • Middle Grade/YA
  • Poetry

Dates & Fees

  • Deadline: May 1, 2014, midnight EST
  • Winners Announced: August 1, 2014
  • Entry Fees: $20 Prose, $15 Poetry via PayPal ONLY

Submission Guidelines

  • Electronic Submissions only. No postal mail or drop-offs.
  • Prose: Up to 10 pages, in Standard Manuscript Format, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, attached as a .doc file only. (no .docx, pdf, rtf, or any other format).
  • Poetry: 1 page, double-spaced, in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, attached as .doc file only.
  • Each piece can only be submitted once, but more than one piece can be submitted in each category. Each entry must be separate, with a separate entry fee and cover letter.
  • Cover letter must contain author's name, pen name (if applicable), email address, mailing address, phone number, title of manuscript, and Paypal address used for payment. Author's name CANNOT appear on the manuscript, only the cover letter. All material must be original and unpublished (including on personal websites and blogs). All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Submissions not following ALL guidelines will be immediately disqualified.


Questions go to the submission address with "Contest Question" in the Subject line. Do not call the office with questions.

How to Enter

Follow these steps to enter the contest

  1. Use the PayPal form below to select your category.
  2. Click the "Buy Now" button to pay the entry fee.
  3. You will be taken to the PayPal site to complete the transaction.
  4. After completing the transaction you will be sent to the Contest Submission page.
  5. Click the big, blue button with the envelope on it to submit your entry.

That's it. Good luck!

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