2025 Atlanta Writers Club Annual Writing Contest Will Open for Submissions by December 2024



Congratulations to the winners and runners-up of our 2024 contest:


VP of Contests, Kathy Nichols, announced the winners during our May 18 meeting:


Natasha Trethewey Prize for Poetry

Winner – Kathy Ellis, “Songs From Fairy Trees”

Runner-Up – Patricia Boyd Wilson, “Grandma’s Porch”

Runner-Up – Catherine Hamrick, “Lithium Unplugged





Rick Bragg Prize for Nonfiction

Winner – Christine Bailey, “My Mother’s Bones”

Runner-Up – Toni Bellon, “Ronald Reagan Made Me Do It”

Runner-Up – Mcpatti Langston, “Blooming Red”





Terry Kay Prize for Fiction

Winner – Amanda Fletcher, “Five Finger Discount”

Runner-Up – Allan Dodson, “Murderabilia”

Runner-Up – Mary Thornton (writing as MK Thorn), “Breaking Waters”









2025 Rules and Instructions (contest will launch by December 2024):


  1. The AWC 2025 Writing Contest is open to: All current (through May 31, 2025), paid club members. Please check your membership status before submitting your entry. To join the AWC or renew your membership, please use this link. If you have a question about when your AWC membership expires, please contact the Membership VP, Yvonne Green, at yvonnegreen1000@gmail.com.
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished, and previously un-awarded work.
  3. Entrants may submit only one piece to only one category per contest year.
  4. AWC Board members are not eligible for any categories in this contest.
  5. Past AWC annual writing contest winners are eligible to submit in categories for which they haven’t previously won.



March 20, 2025 at 11:59 pm US Eastern. Submissions received after this date will automatically be ineligible



Winners will be announced at our club meeting on May 17, 2025. Each award carries a $300 cash prize and a plaque as well as dinner with the other award winners and finalists after the May meeting.



Terry Kay Prize for Fiction                  (Maximum, 3000 words) – can be a short story or book chapter(s)

Rick Bragg Prize for Nonfiction          (Maximum, 3000 words) – can be a short piece or book chapter(s)

Natasha Trethewey Prize for Poetry  (Maximum, 90 lines)



Manuscript Format. Failure to adhere to the following format will result in disqualification.

  • DO NOT place your name anywhere on the manuscript entry
  • Only Word files (.docx) will be accepted.
  • Font: 12 pt, Black, Times New Roman
  • Margins: 1 inch
  • Line spacing: double – yes, even for poetry.
  • White background (no colors, photos, graphics or images)
  • Page size & layout: 8-1/2 x 11; Portrait
  • First page: Title and Prize Category should appear in the upper left corner





Failure to adhere to any of the submission guidelines will lead to disqualification.


Send ONE ENTRY and the corresponding Standard Submission Form (SSF) to Contest Apprentice Tiffany R. Jansen at tiffanyrjansen@gmail.com.

The SSF must include the following information:

Author’s Name

Prize Category

Title of Entry

Word Count (Line Count for poetry)


**Name your SSF document using the following template: SSF-YourTitle.docx

There is no template for the SSF itself; you create the document as instructed above and send it as a separate attachment. The entry and SSF must both be sent as attached Word documents (.docx). The SSF is used for identification purposes by Tiffany Jansen only. Judges never know the identity of any author; they see only the blind entry document.

IMPORTANT: Name the document files by title, i.e., YourTitle.docx and SSF-YourTitle.docx

Example: if the entry title is Moon Fire, the document file should be named Moon Fire.docx (this is the document that will be sent to the judges) and the SSF should be named SSF-Moon Fire.docx (this is the document that will be seen only by Tiffany Jansen).


Attach the entry document and your SSF document to an email addressed to Contest Apprentice Tiffany R. Jansen at tiffanyrjansen@gmail.comYour EMAIL MESSAGE MUST INCLUDE:

Subject Line: AWC 2024 Writing Contest

Your name, phone number, prize category, title


Dear Tiffany,

I have attached [Title] for the [Prize Category] and the corresponding SSF.

Thank you,

[Your name] [Your phone number]