IWA Anthology & Writing Contest

2018 Contest Rules

Eligibility: Open to IWA Members only; One (1) Entry included with Annual Membership;

$15.00 for Each Additional Entry; No limit on number of entries; Judges and Committee members may not enter.

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• Original unpublished works; Entries may not have been previously published in any professional media
• English or English translations only; 2500 words maximum
• Three categories: Fiction, Poetry & Non-Fiction; No erotica (fictional and/or factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships which have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually)
• Entries must be submitted single-spaced in Microsoft Word file format
• Submissions to be judged & published on-line as received (no IWA editing or proofreading services provided).
• Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimers: The views expressed in the entries of this contest are those of the individual writers and not, necessarily, of IWA. Inclusion of any work in this contest does not constitute an endorsement by IWA of any of the writers' expressed views, beliefs or claims.

Announced prizes are based on minimum of 150 entries. IWA reserves the right to adjust final prizes if fewer entries are received.

Deadline: Submissions must be received by September 30; Finalists selected December 1; Winners announced January, 2019; Anthology published in the Spring of 2019.

Copyright: Entrant retains all copyrights; Author licenses IWA to first publication rights on-line; in print and in eBook anthology at no charge with all proceeds from sale of publications going to IWA; License to be exclusive until December 31, 2019 (approximately 9 months after publication of anthology).


1st  Prize in each category $250.00 + Anthology Paperback
2nd Prize in each category $100.00 + Anthology Paperback
3rd Prize in each category  $ 75.00 + Anthology Paperback
4th Prize in each category  $ 50.00 + Anthology Paperback
5th Prize in each category  $ 25.00 + Anthology Paperback

30 Finalists + select honorable mentions to be published in IWA Annual Anthology. All IWA members receive free eBook copy of Anthology.


5 finalists selected based on IWA Member nominations
5 finalists selected based on “people's choice” by most “likes” of entry recorded as published on-line; Readers for people's choice nominations need not be IWA members

3 Judges for each category to read finalists and award prizes: 1 IWA member; 1 Publishing Professional; 1 Academic (professor or teacher);

Decisions of the judging panels are final.
IWA and the Judges will not provide any evaluation or commentary on entries submitted to this contest.