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SLO NightWriters 34th Golden Quill Writing Contest 2023

Contest Theme:


Feel free to interpret this theme literally or figuratively, but remember that our judges need to find your work relates to the theme.

Call For Entries:  Entries will be accepted from May 1, 2023 until June 30th, 2023.

Genres and Length Guidelines:

Short Story:  Between 1000 and 2,500 words.

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir:  Between 1000 and 2500 words

Poetry:  Up to 60 lines

Eligibility: The contest is open to all SLO NightWriters members and to all non-members who are residents of San Luis Obispo County.

Judging: The Judges will be writers experienced and accomplished in their various genres, including outside authorities and NightWriters members

Prizes:The size of the prizes will be determined by the number of entries; all fees will go toward prizes. There will be a first and second prize in each category.

Award Ceremony:  Awards will be presented at the October SLO NightWriters General Meeting and winners will be encouraged to read their work then. This event, and the names of the winners will be publicized in in local print and social media.

Submission of Entries:  Entries may be submitted by email or postal mail.

   USPS: Golden Quill Writing Contest
    1126 Nipomo Avenue
    Los Osos, CA 93402
Entry fees: SLO NightWriters members  $10 per entry
  Non-members  $20 per entry


Individuals may submit more than one entry, but the fee must be paid for each entry.

Payments: Online with credit card - use payment link at top or bottom of this page.
  Mail - make check out to SLO NightWriters and mail to:

Golden Quill Writing Contest

1126 Nipomo Avenue

Los Osos, CA 93402

  Please submit your payment at the same time you submit your entry.


Electronic submissions should be in docx or pdf format.

Mailed entries will be scanned to pdf format before being sent to the judges.

All entries should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction entries should be double-spaced. Poetry entries should be double-spaced, although creative spacing and formatting is permitted.

Please provide a separate cover page with the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address as well as the genre of writing your submission falls in.  Do not put your name on the submission itself so that you remain anonymous to the contest judges. Contest entrants are asked to include a brief biographical note on the cover page.

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest

Harvey Ardman, Director, Golden SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest

Janice Konstantinidis - President, SLO NightWriters


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