2018 Writing Contest

Lake Superior Writers – Call for Submissions
2018 Writing Contest
Theme – “Rescue”

Lake Superior Writers is accepting entries in multiple genres for our annual writing contest. Categories include: Poetry (up to 3 poems), Short-Short Fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), Short Fiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words). One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website.

The theme is “Rescue.” We are looking for submissions that use this theme, literally or metaphorically. You may write about navigating a tumultuous time in your life, battling the elements — in the raging waters of Lake Superior, perhaps — or saving an animal from distress. The options are manifold, and writers are encouraged to interpret the theme of “Rescue” in any way they choose.

GUIDELINES: The LSW Writing Contest is open to adults (age 18 and older) and free to current members of Lake Superior Writers.

Manuscripts must be original and unpublished, including on personal blogs. We are only accepting email submissions. Stories should be formatted in 12-point font, double-spaced. Your name MUST NOT appear on your manuscript. (See details below.) No simultaneous submissions. All stories will be read by a panel of judges.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2018. Winners will be notified by May 3, 2018.

NONMEMBER CONTEST SUBMISSION FEE: If you are not a member of Lake Superior Writers, or if your membership has lapsed, the contest submission fee is $35. You can pay the submission fee here, with your credit card or PayPal account. Membership benefits include the LSW monthly newsletter “NorthWords,” reduced fees for workshops/classes, and invitations to LSW events.


  • The subject line should read Contest 2018.
  • In the email message, include Your Name, Email Address, Home Address, and Phone Number, Title(s) of Submitted Piece(s), Genre, and Word Count.
  • Save your submissions in .doc or .docx, and attach them to your email message. Your attachment must be identified ONLY by the titles of your submission. DO NOT include your name in the title of your document, or in the document itself.
  • Email your submissions to lswcontest@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours of submitting your entry.

READING AT THE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING: Winners will be asked to read an excerpt from their work at Lake Superior Writers Annual Meeting on May 19.