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The 2020 IWG Writers contest is open for submission beginning November 1, 2019. The final date for submissions is February 28.

Contest Submission Guidelines

The Idaho Writers Guild Contest is sponsored by Writers at Harriman, the premiere writing camp for Idaho high school students. The contest is for serious writers of any age.

For online submission, follow the link (November 1 or later) to each category.

Short Story

Novel, First 10 Pages

Non-Fiction Memoir


Flash Fiction

IWG 2019 Contest winners:

Novel First 10 Pages

1st place Lani Forbes with Master of Memories

2nd place Holly Millward with The Song of Autumn’s Bride

3rd place Carrie Stuart Parks with Fragments of Fear


Short Story

1st place Bonnie Schroeder with Vigilantes

2nd place Charles Roberts with Partners

3rd place Adina Zerwig with Winter Beneath Her Bed


Non-Fiction Memoir

1st place Julie Weston with September Journal

2nd place Elizabeth Smolik with The Return To The House of Truth

3rd place Kim Steinberg with West to East: One Couple’s Journey


Non-Fiction Essay/Article

1st place Cynthia Clinkingbeard with It’s Contagious

Thanks to the sponsors of the Idaho Writers Guild

 Rediscovered BookshopMill Park Publishing



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