Monday, July 30, 2007

Writers at the Beach: Contest Guidelines

I've written several times about how much I enjoy my participation in the annual Writers at the Beach: Pure Sea Glass writing conference, held annually in March at the Delaware beach, so I’m delighted to post these submission guidelines for their recently announced writing contest:

Writers at the Beach Writing Contest

: October 22, 2007
Entry Fee: $10.00
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place, will be selected for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry in each category. First place winners will be published in Delaware Beach Life magazine, which will also pay winner's registration fee to the 2008 Writers At the Beach: Pure Sea Glass Conference. First place winners in each category will also be invited to read at the conference.

Each story or essay must be 2000 words or less. Up to 3 poems per entry. Entries must, in some way, touch upon a coastal theme. This does not have to be the Delaware coast, nor does this "coastal element" need to be a significant part of the work.

Type the entry title on a separate cover sheet with your name, address, home phone number and email address. Indicate whether the entry is FICTION or CREATIVE NONFICTION or POETRY and the number of words.

All entries must be original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere until the winners are announced. No email entries.

Submit entry via regular mail. Entries will not be returned. All entries must be postmarked by October 22, 2007. Please send a self-addressed stamped postcard if you want acknowledgment that your entry has been received.

Winners will be notified by December 1, 2007. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist.

MAIL ENTRIES TO: Writers at the Beach Writing Contest , PO Box 1326, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. For more information about this contest, email


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.