Sponsored by Denver Woman’s Press Club
Download the Unknown Writers’ Contest Flyer – contest requirements and pertinent dates included – coming soon!

Opens – January 1, 2020
Entry Deadline – February 15, 2020
Online Submission required at dwpconline.org/outreach/unknown-writers-contest/ or simply scroll down this page to find the entry form.
Questions: Barb Warner at powerfultools.barb@gmail.com

Entry Fee:

  • Fiction- $25 per entry
  • Nonfiction- $25 per entry
  • Poetry- $20 per entry

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:

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 in cash or copies in the category entered.
  • Have not previously won first place in the same category in this competition.


  • Fiction: Short story or novel excerpt – 2000 word limit. Novel excerpt must include a 250 word synopsis. Entry fee $25.
  • Nonfiction: Journalistic report or essay (profile, memoir, opinion piece. etc.) – 2000 word limit. Entry fee $25.
  • Poetry: up to 3 poems; rhyming form or free verse. 40-lines each —poem limit. Entry fee $20.


  • January 1, 2020: Contest Opens
  • February 15, 2020: Entry Deadline by midnight
  • March 20, 2020: Winners Announced
  • April 4, 2020: Award Reception

Entry Form - Unknown Writers’ Contest - 2020

Denver Woman's Press Club

Deadline: February 15, 2020, 11:59 pm MT
  • Author Information

  • Contest Submission

  • Accepted file types: doc, docx.
    WORD FILES ONLY. NO PAPER MANUSCRIPTS. Author's name must NOT appear on manuscript. Title must appear on each page.
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