Deadline for Submissions: Extended to April 5th, 2021 


We are thrilled to present the MVICW Annual Writers' Contest! Two winners will be awarded full tuition and lodging to attend the Summer Writers' Conference, and two additional winners will be awarded partial tuition ($500 toward Tuition).

The competition is open to anyone who will be 18 years or older at the start of the program. Interested applicants should submit one poem (1-3 pages in length), or one short story , novel excerpt, or creative nonfiction piece (up to 3000 words) with a $25 submission fee using the Submittable link below. (You may submit more than one entry, but must pay the $25 fee per submission). Entries will be judged anonymously.

Please note: we are continuing to process awards with the intent of welcoming winners and fellowship recipients to our conference this summer. In the case of a delay or cancellation of our event, we will extend all awards/fellowships toward the rescheduled conference dates. Full MVICW Covid-19 Community Update available here.

First Place Awards (two winners):

One Poetry and One Fiction/CNF

$1700 (Tuition & Lodging for the Week)

Two Second Prize Awards (two winners):

One Poetry and One Fiction/CNF

$500 each (Towards Tuition)

Please note: In the case that the 2021 Summer Writers’ Conference must be virtual (due to continued health concerns with Covid-19), first place Fellowship & Contest winners will receive full registration to the conference as their award. Second prize winners will receive $500 off registration.


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Wendy Rawlings is the author of Time for BedThe Agnostics, and Come Back Irish. She is the recipient of residency fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. She was also awarded the John Farrar Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her nonfiction has appeared in AGNICreative NonfictionColorado Review, the 2016 Pushcart Prize anthology, and other magazines. She teaches and directs the MFA program at the University of Alabama.


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Christopher Citro is the author of If We Had a Lemon We'd Throw It and Call That the Sun (Elixir Press), winner of the 2019 Antivenom Poetry Award, and The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books). His poetry appears in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, and the Best New Poets and Pushcart Prize anthologies. His creative nonfiction appears in Boulevard, Southeast Review, Quarterly West, Passages North, Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, and The Florida Review, where it received the 2018 Meek Award for Creative Nonfiction. He teaches creative writing at SUNY Oswego and lives in Syracuse, New York. .   

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