Writers Studio Literary Contest

General Literary Contest Submission Guidelines

  • General Contest open to all Colorado residents, including ACC students and employees
  • Fiction and Nonfiction--original, unpublished manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages typed, 12 point font, double-spaced. One manuscript per entry fee.
  • Poetry: submit up to three original, unpublished poems per entry fee. All entries must be original and unpublished.
  • Include titles on the manuscript but your name must not appear on any page of the manuscript.
  • All submissions will be done electronically through the Writers Studio submission page at Submittable.
  • A $12 entry fee is required for each submission. $8 for registered ACC students. Payment will be made electronically through Submittable and reflects a small fee for the credit card transaction.

To Submit

  • Submissions must be made electronically through Submittable. ACC students and community members will submit their work through separate links on the ACC Writers Studio submission page.
  • For electronic formatting requirements and information on how to submit, go to the Submit button below.
  • Once you are at the ACC Writers Studio Submittable site, scroll down until you find the submission links for Writers Studio Literary Contests in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and student submissions. 
  • Please fill out the cover letter for your submission including Colorado Residency status and ACC student status if you are a student. Give your full name, email address, and titles of your entries.
  • Submissions emailed directly to Writers Studio will not be accepted. Nor will snail mail submissions. 

**Note that this is a blind competition: entries submitted with names on them will not be considered.

First place winners in each category receive $250, invitation to read their winning piece at the Writers Studio Literary Festival, publication in Progenitor Art and Literary Journal, and automatic nomination for a Pushcart Prize. 2nd place in each category attends the Writers Studio Literary Festival as our guest.



 Judges for 2018

(Judges for the Literary Contest will also serve as writing faculty for the Writers Studio Literary Festival on Saturday, April 14.)

Wayne MillerWayne Miller - Poetry Judge

Wayne Miller is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Post - (Milkweed, 2016), which won the Rilke Prize and the Colorado Book Award, and The City, Our City (2011), which was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award. He has co-translated two books by the Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo - most recently Zodiac (Zephyr, 2015), which was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Translation - and he has co-edited three books, including Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (Milkweed, 2016) and New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008). Wayne teaches at the University of Colorado Denver and serves as editor/managing editor of Copper Nickel.



Natanya PulleyNatanya Pulley - Nonfiction Judge

Natanya Ann Pulley is a Diné writer of fiction and non-fiction with outbreaks in poetry and collage. She’s published work in numerous journals including The Collagist, Drunken Boat, Entropy, McSweeney's, Waxwing, and As/Us. Her essays have been anthologized in #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American WomenCreating a Compass: Essays for New Creative Writing TeachersWomen Write Resistance, and more. A former editor of Quarterly West and South Dakota Review, she is currently the founding editor of the Colorado College literary journal, Hairstreak Butterfly Review. Natanya is an assistant professor of English at Colorado College where she teaches Native American Literature, Fiction Writing, and Experimental Forms in Ethnic Literature.


Sarah Elizabeth SchantzSarah Elizabeth Schantz - Fiction Judge

Sarah Elizabeth Schantz is a fiction writer living on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado in an old farmhouse where she is surrounded by open sky and century-old cottonwoods. Her first novel, Fig, debuted from Simon & Schuster in 2015 and was selected by NPR as A Best Read of the Year before winning the Colorado Book Award in 2016. She teaches literature and creative writing at Front Range Community College as well as via her own private workshop series, www.WritesofPassage.org. She is working on her second novel, Roadside Altars and is Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of a new literary app, Zathom.com.