Writing Contests

Thank you to everyone that entered our 2019 contests!

Find our contest winners here: 2019 Writing Contest Winner Booklet

Please check this webpage in mid-January when we announce the 2020 writing contests. No entry fee; cash prizes! 

These 2019 contests are supported in part by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board

Categories:

FLASH FICTION

  • Maximum 750 words
  • Any genre
  • No theme

PERSONAL ESSAY

  • Maximum 1,500 words
  • Theme: Family

POETRY

  • Maximum 75 lines
  • Any form or style, free verse to formal or anything in-between
  • No theme

TEEN SHORT STORY

  • Maximum 1,500 words
  • Any genre
  • No theme
  • Open to 18 years old and younger

Eligibility:

  • Wisconsin resident OR
  • Wisconsin student OR
  • Registered participant of 2019 Lakefly Writers Conference
  • ***Members of the Lakefly Conference Planning Committee are NOT eligible to enter

Winners:

  • Winners will be notified by April 12, 2019
  • Prizes include: 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $75, 3rd place: $50 cash
  • Winners must be able to attend our awards ceremony to be eligible to win
  • The awards ceremony will take place as part of our Lakefly Writers Conference, held at the Oshkosh Convention Center (2 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI, 54901- Free parking available). The ceremony portion of the conference is free and open to the public: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Submitting your manuscript:

  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting January 7, 2019
  • Entries must be original and unpublished- Electronically or self-published works are ineligible.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 Teen Short Story Contest 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
  • Subsequent pages: Title and page number at the top of each page (Example: The Dark Night, page 1/3)
  • ***Please do NOT put your name or other identifying information anywhere besides 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 1, 2019

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 1, 2019

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