Writing Contest Opportunities

SouthWest Writers stays active in the writing community by sponsoring contests and events that support, encourage, and reward writers of all experience levels.

Held in tandem with the 2019 writing conference jointly sponsored by SouthWest Writers (SWW) and the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA), the Prose & Poetry Contest gave the opportunity for members of both organizations, and the public, to compete in eight categories of nonfiction and seven of fiction, as well as the single category of poetry. MWSA holds an annual published book contest, which was open to SWW members in 2019. Both contests are currently closed. Finalists in the Prose & Poetry Contest will be announced in July 2019. Finalists in the MWSA contest will be announced in August. All winners will be announced at the conference’s awards banquet in September.

Our long-running Annual International Writing Contest was held for 10 years from 2004–2014. In 2015, the SWW board of directors voted not to continue the contest. Please read the note of explanation from past SWW President Rob Spiegel. Click here for our previous annual winners.

Our Bimonthly Writing Contest ran from 2010-2015 (with a break in 2014). Click here for our previous bimonthly winners.

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