The minutes from the District 5 February meeting are posted here. Highlights from the meeting include discussions about the D5 Blog and the State Prose contest as well as descriptions about the writing program for the month. If you missed the meeting or have forgotten a detail, go check out the February 2017 D5 Meeting Minutes.
The 2017 KAC Contest Guidelines are now available. Submissions start soon, so check out the guidelines and start writing!
Winners will be announced at the 2017 KAC Convention in Coffeyville October 13, 14, and 15, 2017.
BkMk Press has announced two book contests, the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. These contests are awarded annually to collections of poetry and short fiction in English by a living author and offer $1,000 and book publication from BkMk Press for each winner.
Contest details can be found at the website here. Submission deadline is January 15, 2017.
The deadline for the Writers Digest Poetry Contest is November 21, 2016. According to the magazine, this is their only competition exclusively for poets. Poems can be any style with 32 lines or less.
The First Place Winner receives:
Contest rules are available on Writers Digest's website at www.writersdigest.com. Interested writers can go directly to the contest rules by following this link. Good luck!
Wendy Devilbiss, KAC poetry contest manager, was involved in a pedestrian/auto accident Thursday night as she was walking home in Emporia. Her physicians are watching a small spot on her brain and she has a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured vertebrae.
Please keep Wendy in your thoughts and send well wishes for her complete recovery.
The deadline for the 2016 Kansas Authors Club Writing Contest and Youth Contest is today, June 15, 2016. For those of you who haven't yet submitted your entry, there is still time.
Go to kansasauthorsclub.submittable.com and find the appropriate category to submit your entry. Contest entries submitted online before midnight will still be included.
The contest poster had the incorrect deadline, March 15, listed. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The deadline for the following contests is also today, June 15, 2016:
J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award
Nelson Poetry Book Award
"It Looks Like a Million" Book Award
Karnowski Youth Poetry Contest
These entries are to be mailed and must be postmarked no later than today.
Thank you for your submissions. Good luck!
Writers! The deadline for the Kansas Authors Club State Writing Contest is quickly approaching. Submissions will be accepted until midnight, June 15. That's this Wednesday.
The rules and guidelines are available on the poster pictured (click to enlarge). Good luck and see you at the Convention!
The Astra Arts Festival Writing Contest is open for submissions. 2016 marks the second biennial Astra Arts Festival Writing Contest, which is being held in conjunction with the Astra Arts Festival in Independence, Kansas from June 30 - July 4, 2016.
Categories include poetry, Haiku, fiction short story, creative non-fiction, and flash fiction of 150 words or less. Cash prizes are available for each category and winners will be selected by professional writers.
Winners will be invited to read their work at a celebratory reception the evening of July 4, 2016, at the Booth Hotel, in Independence.
Submissions can be made by mail or online. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 24, 2016.
More information is available on the Astra Arts website.
Kansas Authors Club members won several awards in the 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest for both poetry and fiction.
Roy Beckemeyer, President of KAC and Publicity Chair of District 5, won several awards in the 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest. His poem, "Staying Warm," won 1st place in the Adult Free Verse category. And his poem "Cerebellum's Fire," won 1st place in the Adult Traditional Poetry category as well as the overall 2016 Kansas Voices Poetry Award. The awards included cash prizes that totaled $400.
He said "I have been entering the Kansas Voices contest for the past several years, and had never received an award before. This speaks, I would say, to the need for perseverance in your writing. Keep trying, keep on submitting. I am very happy to have won this year, but believe me, also quite humbled. I encourage everyone to enter Kansas Voices in 2017, which will be the 28th year of the contest."
Grace Becker of D5 won 1st place and an Honorable Mention in a Short Story Fiction, and Diane Wahto of D5 won two Honorable Mentions in Traditional Poetry and one in a Free Verse.
KAC members Tyler Sheldon (Emporia) won an Honorable Mention in poetry and Annable Corrick (Topeka) won 1st place in Mystery and an Honorable Mention in Adult Writing for Youth.
Congratulations to every writer who submitted entries to the 2016 Kansas Voices Writing Contest and congratulations to the winners.
A complete list of winners is available online on the Winfield Arts and Humanities Council website.