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Creative Writing Awards

What is it?

Twice a year, in February and August, awards are made to WritersTalk contributors. You need take no special steps to enter this competition; if your piece in one of the designated genres is published in WritersTalk, you are a contestant in the Challenge.*

Eligible Genres


Judging Periods

January 16 through July 15
July 16 through January 15

One winner will be selected from each of the eligible genres. Each winner will be awarded a cash prize of $40.

Judging will be done by WritersTalk contributing editors and other Club members whom the contributing editors may ask to assist.

* Eligibility for the WritersTalk Challenge is limited to members of the South Bay Branch of the California Writers Club; judges may not judge in any category in which they have an entry.

Winners, February 2012 – August 2012

Fiction “For you, Franz,” Carolyn Donnell
Essay “On my Poetic Art Process,” Stephen Wetlesen
Memoir “Pounding it Out in the Newsroom,” Edie Matthews

“Sparrow's Song,” Sally Milnor

  Remember, your submission to WritersTalk is automatically entered in the Challenge Contest. The winners from the current period will be announced in February 2013.