Details & Rules
The contest is open only to members of the Tulsa NightWriters Club. All entries must be unpublished at the time of entry. Members of the Board are not allowed to enter. Each entry must be accompanied by a $5.00 submission fee.
Prose or poetry are accepted. Maximum word limit is 500 words, including the title. Total may be less than 500.
All entries must begin with the following prompt: It was (or is) unbelievable
Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines:
Punctuation of the prompt is up to the imagination of the author. Each submission must have a separate title page with the title, author’s name, address, phone number, email, and the first full line of the manuscript. If the author’s name appears anywhere else on the manuscript or poem, the submission will be disqualified. The rest of the pages can use the header for an abbreviated title on the upper left, and the page numbers in the upper right corner, starting with Page 2. Words in the header will not add to the total word count.
Prose must be double spaced with no extra space between paragraphs. Poetry may be single spaced. Use 12-point Times New Roman font. Entries must be submitted online and uploaded as either a .docx or .pdf format.
The contest opens at 12:01 am on June 1 and closes at midnight on August 31st. All submissions will be sent to the judge on September 1. The judge will critique each entry and determine First, Second, and Third Place winners. Honorable Mention(s) are at the discretion of the judge. The judge will return all critiqued submissions to the Board on November 30.
Submit all entries no later than 11:59pm August 31st via this link.
Email Submission & Cash or Check Payment:
If you prefer to submit via email and pay by cash, you may email entries to Merle Davenport by clicking here.
Send $5.00 (cash or check) for each entry with a printed copy of the title page to: Treasurer, PO Box 702874, Tulsa OK 74136.
Multiple submissions may be enclosed in the same envelope. Submissions that do not have a corresponding entry fee will not be judged. Entry fees must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2023
Prizes & Award Presentation
Prizes will be awarded at the Annual NightWriters Christmas Party. Prize money is determined by the number of entries and will be awarded as follows: First Place is 50%, Second Place is 30%, and Third Place is 20%. Honorable Mentions will be awarded a certificate only.