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Site will no longer be updated

Hi Everyone,

As the writing community in the Phoenix area has grown and flourished, I have personally moved in another direction.  I have stepped away from my other responsibilities in the community, and placed them in other capable hands.  This site is no longer a necessary tool to connect the disparate groups and projects together as I am no longer a community leader.  I do not have as easy access to the information that was so readily available to me before, and will no longer update the site.

I hope you found this a useful resource in the past, and wish the best in the future.

Best Regards.


Writing Contest – Pet Anthology – Paws and Reflect: Tales of Tails (April 17th)

Good Morning, My name is Sheryl and I have been involved in the writing community since I moved to Las Vegas in 2008. I have served as President of the Writers of Southern Nevada and as Critique Group Organizer of the Las Vegas Writers Group. While I still write quite a bit, I have dedicated my time to animal rescue and work with a group called Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas (we were featured in the Review Journal about a month ago). I wanted to find a way to combine my love of writing with my love of animals and decided to create a writing contest. “Paws and Reflect: Tales of Tails” is our first annual short story contest. The top 10 stories will be featured in an anthology by Muddy Pig Press. The prompt is: Pets hold a special place in our hearts. They are our companions, our best friends, our children, even our therapists at times. Is there a wonderful animal who has touched your life? We would love to hear about them in the Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas, first ever, short story contest, Paws and Reflect: Tales of Tails. I was wondering if you would be willing to share this information with your members? This is a wonderful way for writers (and animal lovers) to help the animal community. There is a $25 entry fee in the form of a donation to Hearts Alive Village (a 501c3) and all of the proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to fund our life saving programs. The last date for submissions is April 17th. The link to the contest webpage is:

ArtPrize Anthology – Contest

It’s time to finish your short stories (1500 words), essays (1500 words) and poems and submit them for a national literary competition. The Cascade Writers’ Group and Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters are offering great prizes: $1000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place—plus publication in the second annual Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology for the top twenty entries. Open to any writer over 18 writing in English. Submission fee is $20. The anthology will be sold through the ArtPrize e-store and other venues. ArtPrize is an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 1,000,000 visitors and 25,900,000 page views each year. Named by Time as one of the top five festivals of the year. This is an opportunity to be part of a great celebration of art and writing. For information and to submit by March 31, 2014, please go to:

32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Contest

Our 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Contest opened for submissions Feb. 1st.

The 32nd Annual SouthWest Writers International Competition is open to all original, unpublished work by English-language writers in 10 categories for novels, creative nonfiction, essay, short stories, children’s picture books, and poetry.

Prizes: $300 First Place. $200 Second Place, $150 Third Place in each of the 10 categories. Winners are selected by agents or editors unaffiliated with SouthWest Writers. First Place winning entries in prior SWW contests may not be resubmitted for judging in 2014.

Visit for complete rules and entry form. Entries are open from February 1 to May 1, 2014 and may be submitted after May 1 until May 15 with payment of a late fee.”

Contest – Arizona State Poetry Society Presents “Poetry: A Garden of Diversity” – Deadline Sept 28th

“Poetry: A Garden of Diversity”
Recognizing the infinite variety of expression coming from the muse, ASPS lists here topics which will nurture the poet’s artistic choice. We look forward to reading a whole garden of variety in this year’s Fall Contest.
Arizona State Poetry Society thanks all our sponsors for their generous support.

1. MY GARDEN GROWS LIKE THIS Diversity in life, in romance, in the world around us. Wax poetic in your own individual way. Any format. 60 line limit. Sponsor: Anonymous ASPS Poet

Prize: 1st 250, 2nd 150, 3rd 100

7. THE SKY IS FALLING Wax poetic about any kind of weather; it’s happening all around us. Any format Sponsor: Mustang Poets, Scottsdale

Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $15

2. ASPS LEGACY AWARD Any form Any subject Sponsor: Arizona State Poetry Society

Prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd – $65, 3rd – $35

8. RHYMING POETRY Any subject Any form Sponsor: Sun City Poetry Society

Prizes: 1st – $25, 2nd – $15, 3rd – $10

3. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Commentary on the poetic life and contribution to our world. Dedicated to Priscilla White and Eleanor Cummings, Mothers & Poets Emeritus Any form / Any subject Sponsor: Christy White and Carol Hogan

Prizes: 1st – $100, 2nd – $65, 3rd – $35

9. HUMOR – In good taste Any form Sponsor: Northern Arizona Poets Prizes: 1st – $25, 2nd – $15, 3rd – $10
4. EXPRESSING BELIEFS IN ALL WAYS Any subject – 80-line limit Long poems – any form Sponsor: Molly Saty

Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $35, 3rd – $15

10. VACATION TIME Any subject, Any form Sponsor: East Valley Poets, Tempe Prizes: 1st – $25, 2nd – $15, 3rd – $10
5. STIRRING THE POT Current events, state of the world, criticisms or politics Any form – 60 line limit Sponsor: Ameriprise Financial, Sun City

Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $30, 3rd – $20

11. SHORT FREE VERSE Any subject 24 Line limit Sponsor: Tucson Poets

Prizes: 1st – $25, 2nd – $15, 3rd – $10

6. POETIC POSTINGS Original poetry posted by author on Face-book. The date posted on their wall must be noted in parenthesis after title.Any form Sponsor: Glendale Poets

Prizes: 1st – $50, 2nd – $30, 3rd – $20

12. PICK YOUR FORM Any subject Any recognized form (excluding free and open verse) Sponsor: Carol Hogan

Prizes: 1st – $25, 2nd – $15, 3rd – $10

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets and aspiring poets. All are welcome here.
QUALIFICATIONS: Any original, unpublished poem not currently submitted to other contest(s). Poems which have previously won $10.00 or more are not eligible for submission. Submissions must observe specified subjects, forms, line limits and format as specified in the category description. There is no refund for disqualified entries. All entries should be titled. (The use of the first line of any poem may suffice for a title.) Any number of poems may be entered in each category, but each individual poem may be submitted only once per entire contest. Submit entries at any time; all entries need not be sent in at one time. Fees must accompany submissions.
FORMAT: Submit two (2) clearly typed copies of each poem (in English only), on 8-1/2″x11″ white paper, without lines or illustrations. Submit each poem on a separate page; no staples, unless an individual poem exceeds one page. No entries will be returned. Please read instructions carefully. Call or email if you have questions.

LINE LIMIT: Unless otherwise specified in the contest description, each entry has a 40-line limit. Spaces or breaks between stanzas or for effect will not count as a line. Introductory or editorial remarks, quotations, dedications, etc. will be counted line by line in the total line count. Free verse may be submitted without line or paragraph breaks. Lines for this format of entry will be determined by the margin settings of Sandcutters and category line count will be enforced.
*** SPECIAL FOR MEMBERS ONLY: $2 DISCOUNT ON Categories 1, 2 and 3! ***
ENTRY FEES: Per poem:
Category 1 . . . . . .
Make checks or money orders (US funds only) to:
Category 2 & 3
ASPS Annual Contest
Categories 4 thru 7
Categories 8 thru 12
DEADLINE: Received by 11:59 pm, September 28, 2013. Send First Class or Priority Mail only (not Registered or any form of delivery requiring signature). Mail entries and #10 (business) self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Carol Hogan, Contest Chair
ASPS Annual Contest 2013
10401 N. Cave Creek Rd. Lot 116
Phoenix, AZ 85020
JUDGES: Qualified non-ASPS members. Decisions are final. List of judges to accompany results sent via SASE, provided by contestant, at completion of competition.
PRIZE WINNERS: Awards (certificates. & prize checks) not claimed at the ASPS Annual Fall Conference, November 16, 2013, will be mailed to winners. Winners: please deposit checks as soon as possible. First, second, and third prize-winning poems will be read at the Annual Fall Conference of the Arizona State Poetry Society and published in the ASPS journal, Sandcutters. Winners will receive a copy. Sandcutters claims first publication rights. Poets receiving Honorable Mentions will be listed in Sandcutters. (Publication of HMs’ poetry will depend on space, discretion of the editor of Sandcutters and permission of the author.) All awardees will receive certificates. (Non-winning poems will be destroyed.)
Arizona State Poetry Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Membership is $20.00 per calendar year. Membership information is available at
!!! Special membership discount for those submitting poetry to this contest; discount available to renewing members also: $18 – good through 2014. !!!

Arizona Author’s Association: Literary Contest (Deadline July 1st)

The Arizona Author’s Association Hosts an annual literary contest for their literary magazine.

Unfortunately, the contest closes on July 1st, which will be too late for anyone reading this.  However, feel free to bookmark the Arizona Author Association webpage if you wish – and we will be sure to update you next time we see them run their contest.