Writing Contests

Congratulations to our 2022 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners!
See the winning entries
here.

Categories:

Theme: “Into the Unknown”

Theme interpretation may be literal, like a journey to a strange place, or figurative, such as a personal risk or an attempt at something new.

POETRY

  • Maximum 75 lines
  • Any form or style, free verse to formal or anything in-between

SHORT STORY

  • Maximum 3,000 words
  • Fiction genre

SHORT STORY (18 and younger)

  • Maximum 2,000 words
  • Fiction genre
  • Open to 18 years old and younger

PERSONAL ESSAY

  • Maximum 2,500 words
  • Non-fiction genre

Eligibility:

  • Wisconsin resident OR
  • Wisconsin student OR
  • Registered participant of 2022 Lakefly Writers Conference

*Members of the Lakefly Conference Planning Committee are NOT eligible to enter

Winners:

  • Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022
  • Prizes include: 1st place: $100; 2nd place: $75; 3rd place: $50 cash
  • Winners must be able to attend awards ceremony to be eligible to win
  • The ceremony is free and open to the public; Friends and family welcome:
    Saturday, May 7, 2022
    3:00PM
    Oshkosh Convention Center

    2 North Main Street
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Free Parking Available

Submitting your manuscript:

  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting January 3, 2022.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished; Electronically or self-published works are ineligible.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Limit one entry per author per category.
  • Entrants should include a biography written in third person, maximum 100 words. If entering the Short Story Contest for 18 and younger please include your age and grade level.
  • Submissions will not be returned.
  • Format: Double spaced; Times New Roman, or Courier; 12 point font
  • Cover page: name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address, submission title, word or line count, category
  • At the top of each subsequent page: title and page number
    (Example: The Dark Night, page 1 of 3)

Please do not include identifying information, such as your name, on any page other than the cover page.

Electronic Submissions:

  • Send to: LakeflyContests@gmail.com
  • Attach your submission as a .pdf file
  • Entries must be time stamped by midnight, March 5, 2022

Mailed submissions:

  • Mail to:
    Lakefly Writing Contests
    c/o Oshkosh Public Library
    106 Washington Avenue
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
  • Entries must be postmarked by midnight, March 5, 2022

Send questions to LakeflyContests@gmail.com, or call the Oshkosh Public Library at 920-236-5203 and ask for Ruth

Enjoy reading past winning entries here:

2022 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet
2021 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet

2020 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet
2019 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet
2018 Lakefly Writing Contest Winners Booklet