SLO NightWriters, a membership organization based in San Luis Obispo County and open to writers in all genres, both published and unpublished, is again sponsoring a literary contest, the Golden Quill. The theme for the 2017 contest is “Liberation;" each entry must depict this theme, as interpreted by the writer.
There are three categories: Poetry up 40 lines; Short Fiction up to 1500 words; Creative Non-fiction (personal essay, memoir) up to 1500 words. There will be prizes awarded in each category, First $500, Second $250 and Third $100.
Judging is blind and is based on five criteria: use of theme; plot and story; use of language; emotional impact; and the narrative voice and content. All criteria are detailed on the contest Webpage at SLONightwritersGoldenQuill.blogspot.com.
Entries are due by midnight, September 15th), fee $15 for each entry. For guidelines and submission: http://slonwgoldenquillwritingcontest.com