Deadline for Submissions: 2020 Contest Closed, Stay Tuned for 2021 Contest Information 


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)





Randi Beck Ocena was born and raised in Oklahoma where she divided her time between bookstores and horse barns. Her work has been published in The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares and other journals. Her story, “By Morning, New Mercies,” received an honorable mention in Best American Short Stories in 2014 and was runner up for the Ploughshares Emerging Writer Award.  In 2018, she was awarded a residency at Vermont Studio Center to complete her collection of stories, The Ground We Come From.


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Britton Shurley is a poet whose work has recently appeared in such journals as The Southern Humanities ReviewSouthern Indiana ReviewWaccamawIndianapolis Review, and The Massachusetts Review. He was the recipient of Emerging Artist Awards from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2011 and 2017 and is an Associate Professor of English at West Kentucky Community & Technical College where he edits the journal Exit 7 with his wife, the poet, Amelia Martens.   

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