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Join the fun as writers from all over the country vie for one of our awesome prize packs!

ENTER THE PERCIPIENT PROSE CONTEST USING THE ENTRY FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

Grand Opening Novel Contest | First 5,000 words of your published novel. | Opens 1.1.2020


Pocket Poetry Contest | 100-word poem on any topic. | Opens 3.1.2020


Slight Short Story Contest | 5,000 words. | Opens 6.1.2020


►Percipient Prose Contest | 5,000 words explaining/teaching. | Open now! | Deadline: 11.17.19

Latest Winners

Probably You (if you entered)

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The Percipient Prose contest ends on November 17th, 2019.

Chuck Holmes: Slight Short Story 2019

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Chuck Holmes deals with everything from the so-called "good old days," to politics to just how good that Samaritan really was in "More Than Just Cellular.'

The 60-plus essays see a number of the world's facets, but--in a way--all from the same point of view: that we need to take lessons from those who teach us to be more compassionate and avoid those who want to separate us. In the essays Holmes uses his experiences as a lifelong Southerner, in advertising, as a political consultant, as a Sunday School teacher, and as a husband, father, and grandfather to inform his views.

Check in on Chuck at his website: ChuckHolmes.org

Sean McMahon: Grand Opening 2019

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Winner: Grand Opening Novel Contest: 2019

 Sean McMahon is a graduate from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Literature. He currently resides in a small seaside town on the Jersey shore. 

Two A.M. Flavored Coffee is his first novel.

To learn more about Sean McMahon, follow his blog at:

https://mrseanmcmahon.wordpress.com

Chris Widney: Pocket Poetry 2019

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Winner: Pocket Poetry Contest: 2019 

Chris Widney is a New York City based playwright, book writer and lyricist who spends as much time as possible wandering around in the mountains.  Full length plays, “Big, Fat And Ugly With A Moustache” (Perry Street Theatre, NYC), “Family Men” (Arden, Philadelphia), “The Normals” (Luna Stage, NJ), “Consumed” (Barter Theatre, VA) along with one-acts and musicals have been presented and honored in theatres around the world including The Actors Theatre Of Louisville and City Theatre, Miami.  Chris is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the BMI Workshop, and a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. 



Writing Groups

Questions and Answers: Groups and Contests

What are Writing Groups For? 


Writing groups (also called 'critique groups') are meant to give you an idea of how other people interpret your work. Writing a book with zero input from other people is a great way to set yourself up for failure. Great books aren't written in a vacuum the same way that single humans like  Beyoncé or Jimi Hendrix don't take the world by storm all alone. They have a (sometimes small, sometimes large) group of people to give them honest feedback, emotional support, and encouragement. Writers groups can work the same way for budding authors. 


How to Make the Most of Your Writing Group

The most important thing is to consistently attend the group. The more you spend time with, read work by, and get feedback from the people in your group, the closer you grow to each other. This helps make them more comfortable giving you constructive feedback and it makes it easier for you to hear because you're less likely to take it personally or get defensive. 

Writing groups are an essential part of self-publishing when used appropriately.
Writing groups are an essential part of self-publishing when used appropriately.