San Antonio Writers’ Guild Annual Contest 2013

SAWG 2013 Contest Results


FIRST – Marjorie Brody – Charged Connections

SECOND – Kelly Janis – Rip Current

THIRD – Hilary Davies Shelby – Allotting Blame

HM – Sheri Anderson – Wedding

HM – Ernest A. Presto – Stasis

HM – Robin Hostetter – Horror, Like Ice


FIRST – Scott Moulthrop – Irony

SECOND – Charlene Plover – completed by memories

THIRD – Sheri Anderson – The Purpose of the Junk Drawer

THIRD – Jean Jackson – Winter Song

HM – Allison Emanus – Stars

HM – Nick Sweet – Moore, Oklahoma 2013


FIRST – Marilyn Tucker – Aiding Not Abetting

SECOND – David D. McCormick – Dark Labyrinth

THIRD – Christa Conklin – Tranquility

HM – Allison Emanus – Animas

HM – George Davidson Greenly, Jr. – Revelations

HM – Ernest A. Presto – The First Light


FIRST – Gordon Ball – The Breaking

SECOND – Hilary Davies Shelby – Unbound


FIRST – Janet Alyn – Lilly’s Miracle

SECOND – Monica Berry – Sweet Teeth

THIRD – Doris Frazar – DPS – Who Knew

THIRD – Debs McCrary – With a Little Help from My Friends



First Chapter of a Novel: Chris McKitterick

Chris's short work has appeared in several anthologies. His debut novel, Transcendence, is now in its second edition. He recently finished a far-future novel, Empire Ship, and he has several other projects including the YASF trilogy, The Galactic Adventures of Jack and Stella.

Tech-writing projects have included a weekly astronomy newsletter, science articles, and software-related documentation and advertising materials. When he lived in Seattle, he served as editor, writer, and documentation manager for the Microsoft Windows Resource Kits. Chris is a director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, which offers a program to get science fiction into the hands of young people. He also helped launch an eductor-focused outreach and resource program through

Memoir: Bob Richmond
Bob Richmond has taught memoir writing at the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR) for 22 years. He recently retired as a Professor of English at Palo Alto College, where he taught for 43 years. He was the Education Columnist for the San Antonio Light newspaper for 10 years.

Short Story: Nan Cuba
Nan Cuba received her MFA in fiction from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink. She was twice the runner-up for the Dobie Paisano Fellowship and received a Funcacion Valparaiso Residency Grant. She is Associte Professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University. She is coeditor of Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers & Artists (Trinity University Press, 2008).

Flash Fiction: Josh Rountree 

Josh Rountree's short fiction has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Polyphony 6 and Happily Ever After. His short fiction cellection, Can't Buy Me Faded Love, is available from Wheatland Press. His first novel, Alamo Rising, was co-written with Lori Prater and is now available from White Cat Publications.

Poetry Judge: Mariana Aitches
Mariana Aitches is the author of two collections of poetry: Fishing for Light (winner of the 2010 Wings Press Joanie Whitebird Chapbook Award) and Ours is a Flower (Pecan Grove Press, 2012). With Judy Jensen of Austin, she is the co-founder of KinCity Reading Series. She is currently completing a third poetry manuscript and compiling a collection of essays. She has just retired from a great career teaching cultural studies (with a focus on Native Studies) at the university level, most recently at the History Department of UTSA.


Contest Details

The San Antonio Writers’ Guild Annual Contest features categories in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The contest is open to all writers, both SAWG members and non-members. The deadline for entry is October 3, 2013.

Cash prizes are given in each category. Authors retain all rights to their works.

Please read the rules carefully. Entries that do not meet the submission guidelines or do not fit the contest categories will be disqualified, and the entry fee(s) will be forfeit. Entry fees are non-refundable.

All entries must be the original work of the contestant. Entries must not be previously published in any medium prior to submission of the work to the contest. A work may be submitted for publication at the time it is entered in the contest, but if the entry is published prior to October 3, 2013, the individual must notify SAWG to withdraw the entry from the contest.

Contest Categories

  • Novel: First chapter or up to the first 5,000 words
  • Short Story: limit of 4,000 words
  • Flash Fiction: limit of 1,000 words
  • Memoir/personal essay: limit of 2,500 words
  • Poetry: any style, with a limit of 40 lines total (including blank lines) and a limit of 80 characters per line (including spaces)


In each of the five categories:

  • First place $150
  • Second place $75
  • Third place $50

If the number of entries in any category is fewer than ten, SAWG retains the right to limit the number of prizes awarded in that category.

A writer may enter all five categories but may receive only one award per category, including Honorable Mention.

Number of Entries

An individual may submit a maximum of
4 poems,
2 first chapters,
2 short stories,
2 flash fiction entries, and
2 memoirs or personal essays
for a total of 12 possible entries per person.

Contest Submission Guidelines

For all entries:

  • Submit two copies of each entry, typed in black ink on white 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • The font must be Times New Roman 12-point or Courier 12-point.
  • The author’s name or identifying information must not appear anywhere on the entry, only on the entry form.
  • Do not fold or staple the entries.

For poetry entries:

  • Single-space poems.
  • Margins must be one inch or greater.
  • Each poem must be on a separate sheet of paper.
  • The first page of the poem should provide in the upper left corner
    • The title (if any)
    • The type of poem (haiku, Spenserian sonnet, blank verse, free verse, etc.)

For prose entries:

  • Double-space the entry.
  • Use one-inch margins.
  • Number the pages.
  • The category, title, and word count must appear at the top of each page, including the first page.

Contest Entry Fees

Payment must be made via check or money order only, payable in U.S. funds, to the San Antonio Writers’ Guild. Membership in SAWG must be current in order to qualify for member rates.

  • For poetry entries:
    The entry fee is $5 per entry for members and $10 per entry for non-members.
    An individual may submit up to four poems, with an entry fee for each poem. For instance, for members one poem will be $5 and four poems will be $20.
  • For prose entries:
    The entry fee is $10 per entry for members and $20 per entry for non-members. An individual may submit up to two works per category, with an entry fee for each submission. For instance, one short story will be $10 for members. Two short stories will be $20 for members, etc.

Contest Entry Forms and Payment

Contest entry forms are available for download here, on the SAWG website, or at the September or October monthly guild meetings.

An individual may submit one check or money order for all his or her entries. In the case of multiple entries, the individual must provide a list showing the name of the author, the titles of the entries by category, and the total amount of money submitted.

Membership Status

Membership dues must be current and up-to-date or entries will NOT be accepted at the member rate. Please contact the SAWG Treasurer, if necessary.

Submission of Entries

Entries may be either

  • submitted to the designated individual at the general membership meeting on either September 5, 2013, or October 3, 2013.
  • or mailed and postmarked by October 3, 2013, and received by the following Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the following address.
	San Antonio Writers’ Guild
	P.O. Box 100717
	San Antonio, TX 78201-8717

Multiple entries may be mailed in a single envelope.

The San Antonio Writers’ Guild is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or undelivered manuscripts. Late entries will not be accepted.

Contest Judging

There will be two rounds of judging. The first round will be blind judging conducted by a panel of trained SAWG members.

A SAWG member is not eligible to judge a category he or she has entered.

The five entries with the highest preliminary scores go on to the final round.

The final judges are professional authors who are not members of SAWG. Information about the judges will be posted here soon.

Winners will be announced at the December meeting and posted on the website shortly afterward. First-place winners will be invited to attend the January meeting to read their works.

Manuscripts will be available for return at the December or January meetings. Individuals will receive their score sheets and entries at that time.

Individuals who are unable to attend those meetings but wish to receive their score sheets should provide a self-addressed #10 envelope with first-class postage.

Archival Copies - The guild will retain one copy of each of the entries that earned a prize. These archived copies will be available in case a claim of plagiarism is levied at a later date.

Other entries not claimed by the February meeting will be destroyed.