BRATTLEBORO >> Write Action announced its 14th Annual Poetry and Prose Writing Contest. Entries will be judged anonymously. Each category will be judged by an esteemed writer from the tri-state writing community. Judges this year will be: Poetry judge – New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel; prose judge – Joyce Marcel; judge for prose and poetry in the youth category – retired head of the BUHS English Department, Nancy Olson.

The first-place winners in both categories will be awarded $100, the second-place winners $50, and third-place winners $25 each, and the opportunity to read at this year's Literary Festival. All entries must be sent by June 30.

Youth category for ages 14 to 18: First-place winners in poetry and prose will be awarded a $25 gift certificate. There will be honorable mentions in each category. Up to three entries, no fee.

The theme this year (to be taken broadly) is: "This could be the day." Writers may submit up to three pieces of writing (first one is free, $10 for each additional), either poetry or prose, or any combination. There are no fees for the Youth Category.

For online submissions, payment may be made via PayPal at or by check mailed with submission at address below.

Entries that do not conform to the guidelines will be disqualified.


Email entries as one document (except cover letter with contact information and titles sent as separate document) to, with WA Contest in the subject line, or send a hard copy of your submission to: Write Action Contest, P.O. Box 822, Brattleboro, VT 05302 (Postmarked and emailed no later than 6/30/16)

Prose items will be limited to 1500 words (please double-space); Poems are limited to one page each (may be single-spaced). No more than one poem to a page, each to be judged separately.

The author's name should not appear in any form on the submitted piece(s), only on one cover page per submission, listing name and titles. Please include phone number, email address, and postal address on cover page only, for anonymous judging. Youth entries: indicate on cover

Email: Guidelines on the WA Facebook page and at