Monthly Writing Contests

Calling all SFWA Members! 
We accept works from all genres:
Poems, haiku, fiction, memoirs, personal essays, or excerpts of a book. Please submit in MSWord or PDF, in New Times Roman 12-pt.

Submissions must be received no later than one week prior to our monthly meeting. Winners will be announced at the meeting and will be presented with a beautiful certificate.

First place winner may also claim a prize of up to $20 toward the entry fee for submission of the winning work to a national contest of the author's choosing. Winner must show the contest director the contest submission form and guidelines and claim the $20 from the treasurer within 60 days of award date.

Submission fees:
One article $3, two articles $5, and three articles $7.

Fee is $5 for any piece of more than 10 pages.  All entry fees are non-refundable.
Submit to Don Daniels,
Contest Director, via email at, or provide in person at a meeting.


The writing Prompt format has not resulted in many entries, so we are going back to topics. The theme was retained in keeping with monthly observances, but Topics have been added. 


December 2021

Theme: Open Month. Any topic. 


January 2022

Theme: January is National Mentoring Month. The Topic for this month is "Mentoring." You can write a poem about your mentor, or about someone you have mentored., or about mentoring you wish you'd received.


February 2022

Topic: Confusion.

Your entry can be about a person who is confused, or a confusing situation. 


March 2022

Theme: Influential Women

For National Women's Month, write about the influential Women in your life, your country, your belief system.


April 2022 National Poetry Month. Open topic for poetry.


May 2022

Topic: Language

May is National Better Speech and Language month. You can write about the difficulty of learning one, or about the peculiarities of a language, or the humor lost and found in translation.


June 2022

Theme: Animals 

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month. Write about any kind of animal, whether it's in a zoo, or in your home or neighborhood.


July 2022

Theme: To Be Announced/


August 2022

Theme: To Be Announced. 


September 2022

Theme: To Be Announced. 

Additional Publishing Opportunities

Poets & Writers Magazine

Access several writing, grants and poetry contests, sponsored by the

Poets & Writers Magazine. 

Writers Digest Contest

For a variety of different contests with numerous deadlines and genre. Tips and other resources are also included. 

Bridle Path Press

The publication is seeking submissions to publish on the website--short poems. For more info, contact Nina Romano  poetry editor at

Writer's Market

To enter the contests you need to log in or sign up for for a Writer's Market account.