Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Writing Competition for Women: 2013 Gabehart Prize

2013 Gabehart Prize Submission Guidelines

Each year the Kentucky Women Writers Conference offers opportunities for both emerging and established voices to be singled out and cheered on by our community. The Betty Gabehart Prize honors our good friend, patron, and former director who led the conference during its seminal decade in the 1980s.

One winner will be chosen in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive:

$200, plus up to $100 in travel, lodging, or dining expenses (receipts required)
the opportunity to read her winning work during the conference on September 20–21, 2013.
two 2-day passes for herself and one guest
one space in a small-group writing workshop for winner (guest must pay workshop fee)


Please do not apply if you have won this award in the past five years (2008 or later).
Works that are previously published are not eligible for this award.
The contest is open to any female writer of English.
Employees or board members of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference are not eligible.
Work Format

Length: no more than 5 manuscript pages of poetry (which may consist of more than one poem—this guideline has changed from previous years); or no more than 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction
Please submit two copies of the work.
The author's name or address must not appear anywhere on the work.
The work must be on standard white paper, single-sided.
Paginate correctly.
Submission Information

Each work entered must be accompanied by its own entry form and a $10 entry fee payable to Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Please write a single check for multiple entries.
Submission of more than one work is permissible; each must be accompanied by its own entry form and fee. If multiple works are entered with a single entry fee, only the first work will be accepted.
Entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2013.
Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you would like notification that the entry has been received.
We cannot return entries.
Contest results will be posted on our website on August 9, 2013. Winners will be notified immediately.

Please send entries to:

Betty Gabehart Prize
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
232 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0344

Direct inquiries to: kentuckywomenwritersATgmailDOTcom Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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