San Antonio Writers' Guild

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

 San Antonio Writers’ Guild 28th Annual Writing Contest


Please review these carefully. We regret that noncomplying entries will have to be disqualified without refund.

· Entries, characters and worlds must be original to the writer unless characters are real people. Fan fiction is not allowed.

· Winning entries from previous SAWG contests are not eligible.

· Entries previously published in any medium except for brief samples on authors' social media or web sites are not eligible.

· Entries accepted before the contest closes for publication elsewhere must be withdrawn.

· Entries that do not conform to all requirements will be disqualified. 

· Entry fees are not refundable.

· Unlike many other contests, SAWG entrants retain all rights to their contest entries. SAWG will publish no  part of an entry except the author's name and the title. A piece that enters or even wins does not count as being published.

· The Guild will retain one copy of each winning entry. These will be available in case a claim of plagiarism is levied at a later date.


Book-length fiction

Short Story

Nonfiction/Memoir (either length)

Romance (either length)


Submission Requirements

· Book-length: 500-word-maximum synopsis plus first 5,000 words

· Short story: maximum length 10,000 words

· File type must be .doc, .docx or .pdf

· Font must be Times New Roman 12-point or Courier 12-point.

· Author’s name or identifying information must not appear anywhere in the document.

· Paragraphs must be double-spaced.

· Pages must have one-inch margins all around.

· Pages must be numbered in the footer section of the page.

· Entry category and title must appear as a header of each page, including the first page.

Deadlines & Entry Fees

 Early bird: Sept 1 – Dec 15

Poems $7 per entry

All Other Genres $26

Late bloomer: Dec 16 - Jan 31

Poems $12 per entry

All other genres $32 per entry

Discount: $5 per entry except poetry for students, military and Guild members.

The contest will close at 11:59 PM Central (US) time on January 31, 2020

All entries and fee payments must be submitted digitally through Submittable.


In each category:

· First place $100

· Second place $50

· Third place $25

· Honorable mention

Every prize includes one year’s SAWG membership (a $35 value) and a link to the writer’s web site on SAWG’s web page.

A writer may receive only one prize per category.

Number of Entries

A writer may submit two entries per category, ten total entries per person.


There are two rounds of blind judging.

· The first round is done by writer volunteers who have been screened, selected and trained by SAWG. 

· Each entry will be assessed by at least three judges who are familiar with that genre.

· Volunteer judges will have no contest entries in the genres they judge.

· The five entries in each category with the highest initial scores will advance to the final round.

· The final judges are professional writers who specialize in the entries’ genres.

· Winners will be contacted by email, announced at the monthly meeting following the completion of judging, invited to read their winning entry at a SAWG meeting, and their names and websites will be posted on the SAWG website.

· All contestants may, if they wish, receive the detailed score sheets for their work, including all judges’ comments and advice, via email after the winners are announced.

· All finalists will learn the identities of their final judges, and may correspond with them if they wish to.