We're pleased to announce the winners of this year's Unknown Writers Contest and thank all the writers who submitted entries.

First Prize: Winner wishes to remain anonymous
Honorable Mention: Buenacosa Cruz-Doritty for Nebulous Is My True Love’s Hair
Third Prize: Winner wishes to remain anonymous
Third Prize: Sharon Cravitz for Child-Adult-Hood (an oxymoron)

Unknown Writers Contest

Sponsored by Denver Woman’s Press Club
Download the Unknown Writers’ Contest Flyer, which includes dates and rules: 

Opens – January 1, 2022
Entry Deadline – February 23, 2022
Online Submission is required below.

Entry Fee:

  • Fiction- $25 per entry
  • Nonfiction- $25 per entry
  • Poetry- $15 per entry

Cash Prizes: In each category: First $150; Second $100; Third $75

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

Entry Instructions:

  • Read rules and submit the entry form below.
  • Pay fee for each entry using PayPal or credit/debit card. 
  • Word format only (.doc or .docx), 12-pt. type, double-spaced.
  • Include title and page number on each page, but DO NOT include author’s name or other identifying information. 
  • Limit one entry per category; complete a separate entry form for each submission.
  • Questions: Katherine Millett: kim@katherinemillett.com

AWARD RECEPTION: Sunday, April 10, 2022, 2 pm-4 pm
1325 Logan St.
Denver, CO 80203

Unknown Writers Contest Rules

The contest is open to adults, 18 and older, who:

  • Are Colorado residents;
  • Have never been published with a byline and been 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, no novel excerpts – 2000-word limit. 
  • Nonfiction: Journalistic report or essay (profile, memoir, opinion piece. etc.) – 2000 word limit.
  • Poetry: Up to 40 lines, rhyming form or free verse. 

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