Women's National Book Association Writing Contest

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Call for Publications
November 17, 2017 to March 1, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Composition & Rhetoric



WNBA Writing Contest 2018

The 2018 Writing Contest is open for submissions.  A new category is available this year – Young Adult Fiction.

$250 cash prizes for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman.

Categories and Judges



Carol Smallwood will judge the poetry submissions. One of Carol Smallwood’s over five dozen anthologies, Women on Poetry: Tips on Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, is on Poets & Writers Magazine’s List of Best Books for writers. Her 2017 poetry books are In Hubble’s Shadow (Shanti Arts); Prisms, Particles, and Refractions (Finishing Line Press). A multiple Pushcart nominee, she has served as reader, reviewer, interviewer, and judge receiving various recognitions such as a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award.


Regina Marler will judge the fiction submissions. She is the author of Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of Bloomsbury Boom and the editor of Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell. She contributes to the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New York Observer, and The Advocate. She lives a Beat life in San Francisco.


Katie Hafner will judge the nonfiction submissions. She has been writing for The New York Times since 1991. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her books include Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the computer frontier (with John Markoff), Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (with Matthew Lyon), and others. Her most recent book Mother Daughter Me, a memoir about multigenerational living, was published in 2013 by Random House.

YA Fiction

Tanya Egan Gibson will judge the Young Adult fiction submissions. Her debut novel, How to Buy A Love of Reading, was published by Dutton in May 2009. An alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is mother to a four-year-old who produces countless construction paper “books” that she insists Mommy “get published” and an infant whose favorite teether is HTBALOR, and wife to the most patient man in the universe.

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