Writing Contest

Enter the Cape Cod Writers Center 2nd Annual Writing Contest, judged by writers, editors, and librarians, offering a top prize in each category of $200, plus a TWO free conference session at the 2016 Cape Cod Writers Conference, and an individual critique by an agent or editor.



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

Dates & Fees

  • Deadline: September 9, 2015, midnight EST
  • Winners Announced: Early December, 2015
  • Entry Fees: $20 via Submittable

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: up to 5 poems, 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
  • All material must be original and unpublished (including on personal websites and blogs).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. Please do not call the office with questions.

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