Unknown Writers’ Contest

Sponsored by Denver Woman’s Press Club
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Opens – January 1, 2020
Entry Deadline – February 15, 2020
Online Submission required at dwconline.org/contest

Entry Fee:

  • Fiction- $25 per entry
  • Nonfiction- $25 per entry
  • Poetry- $20 per entry
Choose your entry option:

Cash Prizes: In each category: First $125; Second $75; Third $50

Bonus Critique: All entrants will receive constructive comments from professional writers and editors many of whom are members of the Denver Woman’s Press Club.

Entry Instructions:

  • Read rules and submit entry form at dwpconline.org/contest
  • Pay fee for each entry using PayPal or credit card at www.dwpconline.org/contest.
  • Complete separate entry form for each submission; only one entry per category
  • Display title and page number on each page of manuscript; DO NOT show author’s name anywhere on the manuscript. Include separate cover with contact information. See details on website. Submit in Word or PDF format.

AWARD RECEPTION: Saturday April 4, 2020 2-4pm
1325 Logan St.
Denver, CO 80203

2020 Unknown Writers Contest Rules

Contest is open to men and women who:

  • Are Colorado residents 18 and older.
  • Have never been published with a byline and paid.
  • Have not previously won first place in the same category in this competition.


  • Fiction: Short story- 2000 word limit.
  • Nonfiction: Journalistic report or essay (profile, memoir, opinion piece. etc.) 2000-word limit.
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems; rhyming form or free verse. 40-lines each —poem limit


  • Nov. 1 Website and publicity ready
  • Nov. 8 Info to Webmaster
  • Jan. 1 2020 Contest Opens
  • Jan. 13 Judges meet 4:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 15 Entry Deadline by midnight
  • Mar. 20 Winners Announced
  • Apr. 4 Award Reception

Online entry form coming soon!