Alabama Writers Conclave

2019 Contests

The annual contest with cash prizes and publication.



AWC is excited to announce Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 annual writing contest! Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to sponsor ($150) one of the categories below in honor of a person of your choosing and that category will be renamed with your or your honoree’s name. Flash Fiction, Juvenile, Nonfiction, Humor, and Free Verse Poetry are currently available for sponsorship

Sponsors will be listed in the 2019 program and announced at the annual banquet unless anonymity is requested. The sponsorship will go for the prizes awarded. This option will be open until the awarding of prizes on November 2, 2019 at the AWC annual conference banquet.

Please contact Mary Murphy at for further information or to submit your sponsorship. 

Guidelines for Entry

Deadline: October 1, 2019 (postmarked)


1st: $100

2nd: $30

3rd: $20.

Winners will be announced at the
AWC Conference Banquet in Orange Beach, Alabama
on November 2, 2019.

General Contest Rules:

  1. Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in a previous AWC contest.

  2. Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.

  3. Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize per person is awarded in each category.

  4. Each entry must be submitted either electronically or by snail mail and paid for in the same way (electronically or by snail mail). Please don’t mix and match submission styles.


Each entry should be sent in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins,12pt. Courier or Times Roman font).

The cover page, or first page of each entry, should show ONLY the following:

  • Author’s name

  • Email address

  • Mailing address

  • Phone number

  • Title of the piece

  • Category

  • Word count

  • Membership status: whether you are an AWC member or non-member.

The manuscript or poem should begin after the cover page and show the manuscript title and page numbers (beginning with #1) on the upper left-hand corner of the page.

Please leave the manuscript blind (and remove all signs of the author’s name) for the manuscript. Failure to remove your name from the manuscript itself will disqualify your entry.


Fiction The Carolynne Scott Award
one short fiction with maximum 2,000 words. $8 per entry for member, $10 per entry non-member. 

Flash Fiction - 2 flash fiction pieces maximum 500 words each. $8 per flash entry if member; $10 per flash entry if non-member

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) - maximum 2,000 words. Please list target age group and genre (i.e. picture book or 3 & up, etc.). $8 per entry for member, $10 per entry non-member. 

Nonfiction - maximum 2,000 words. Please specify if written for juvenile or adult. $8 per entry for member, $10 per entry non-member. 

Memoir- The Aurelia Jane Rasco Award
maximum 2,000 words. $8 per entry for member, $10 per entry non-member. 

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) - maximum 2000 words for prose or 50 lines for poems. $8 per entry for member, $10 per entry non-member. 

Formal Poetry Awarded in Honor of Mickey Cleverdon
up to three poems (any "formal" poems, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) - maximum 40 lines each. $8 per 3 poems for members, $10 per 3 poems for non-members.

Free Verse Poetry - Awarded in Memory of Jake Adam York
up to three poems maximum 30 lines each. $8 per 3 poems for members, $10 per 3 poems for non-members.

First Chapter of Novel - Awarded in Honor of Former Alalit Editors
up to 5 single-spaced or 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY. $12 per entry for member, $15 per entry for non-member.


To submit electronically, make sure each entry is in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins,12pt. Courier or Times Roman font)

Send your properly-formatted entry (including cover sheet and blind manuscript) as a Microsoft word or PDF attachment to

  1. In the email subject line, include the category (i.e. fiction, flash fiction, juvenile fiction, nonfiction, memoir, humor, formal poetry, free verse poetry, first chapter of novel) of that particular submission.

  2. Please don't include a cover letter--just your entry with the cover sheet as an attachment.

  3. You will repeat this process for each individual contest entry in a separate email.

  4. Each entry should be paid for separately online using Paypal.

  5. Make sure to include the category you are paying for in blank above the payment.

Example: Earnestine is sending the first chapter of her glorious novel, I Love Mosquitos, as an entry for the Novel contest. She attached the manuscript and cover sheet to her blank email and filled in the Subject line as "Novel." Then she pressed send. To finish her entry process, Earnestine followed the paypal link and entered $10.00 in the amount. Because her novel is the best novel in the world and she would hate to see it ignored as a result of not following directions, Earnestine included the word "Novel" in the Notes section under the Paypal amount. Now Earnestine is finished and she can look forward to hearing her name read aloud at the 2018 AWC Conference. 

Now, it's your turn......

2019 Contest Entry
Which category?

Snail Mail Submissions

We really prefer that you submit online to this contest. However, if you absolutely just cannot submit the entry electronically, please send by regular mail to:

Mary Murphy
259 Hillcrest Dr.
Mobile, AL 36609

Mailed manuscripts will not be returned.

Payment: Checks should be addressed to the Alabama Writer's Conclave. Please write 2019 AWC Contest in the subject line, followed by your writing name and category of entry. Write separate checks if you are entering multiple categories.

Please include a separate cover sheet for each piece submitted that includes the author’s name, email address, mailing address and a phone number, and the title of the piece, category, word count, and whether you are an AWC member or non-member.