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2021 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest

Susan M Fobes  | Published on 10/25/2020

Perfect Your Work and Get Ready to Enter!


The contest will open for submissions on January 1, 2021 at 12:00 AM EST and will close on January 31, 2021 at 11:59 EST.  

Entrants must be a Pennwriters member, in good standing, as of December 31, 2020



  • All entries receive feedback, so take a chance and get your work out there!

  • Submission will occur on our website, but the contest won't open until January 1, 2021. There are no paper entries. All must be uploaded to the website in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.

  • Writers can submit more than one entry at $15 per entry

  • Categories are as follows: Novel Beginning, Short Story, Poetry (a maximum of 3 poems per entry), Creative Nonfiction/Article

  • Categories receiving less than five entries will be cancelled and entry fees for that category returned.

  • Judges are industry professionals who strive to give the most constructive and accurate feedback they can.  This feedback is subjective.  The same entry can receive very diverse scores, all of which can be equally valid.  This is illustrative of the publishing business and is not a flaw in the judging. 

  • Check out the November/December edition of The Penn Writer, or the website in the upcoming months!