Theme contest pays $50, $25 and $15, with two unpaid honorable mentions. All other categories will be awarded three places: $25, $15, and $10, with two unpaid honorable mentions. Awards for best poet and best prose writer will be selected by the contest chairs.
Categories Note:There will be a variation in categories from year to year based on quantity of entries and input from judges and club members.
Theme Contest: Follow the Mysteries of Kansas (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 1,500 words. Can be written in any genre so long as it relates to the conference theme. Demonstrates creativity in the form of new viewpoints, fresh writing techniques and captivating content. (Sponsorship is available)
Personality Profile (non-fiction) - Limit 1,000 words. A news/feature magazine or newspaper style article on a famous, important or dynamic living person in Kansas. The article should contain research, observation and interviews. It should be written in a lively and interesting way that reveals unique aspects of the subject's life, personality and contributions. (Category sponsored by Dan Close, KAC Prose Contest Manager and D5 member)
Humor (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 750 words. A story that produces amusement or laughter using any number of established or invented literary devices, styles and tones. (Sponsorship is available)
Memoir or Inspirational (non-fiction) - Limit 1,500 words. A story based on personal experience that tells of a significant experience in one's life. The piece evokes a special time, place and memory, and is told in literary rather than merely chronological fashion. The piece should demonstrate an intellectual, spiritual or emotional turning point. (Sponsorship is available)
Flash Fiction (fiction) - Limit 500 words. A complete story in a much-abbreviated form, often told in vivid scenes. Usually involves three or fewer characters engaging in inner or outward conflict. Some aspects remain unspoken or imply a larger story. The ability to show, rather than merely tell, is one of the form's literary qualities. (Sponsorship is available)
Adult Author Writing for Teen Audience (fiction or non-fiction) - Limit 1,000 words. Entries are for the Young Adult genre, which includes middle school through high school students. All genres, styles and storytelling techniques are allowed. (Category sponsored by Ray "Grizzly" Racobs, D5 Treasurer)
Short Story (fiction) - Limit 1,500 words. An invented narrative shorter than a novel but with a fully developed theme, usually including only a few characters involved in the plot. All genres are allowed. (Sponsorship is available)
Playwriting (fiction or non-fiction) – A total of four pages for Act 1, Scene 1 and additional information (can be single-spaced). Script must include title and descriptions of cast, scenes, time/era, settings, curtain rise, dialogue, actions, stage directions and more. See details on format under Guidelines for Entering online. (Category sponsored by Roy Beckemeyer, KAC State President and D5 Public Relations Chair)
POETRY CATEGORIES (limit poems to one page)
Theme Contest: Follow the Mysteries of Kansas. 40-line limit, any form.
Classic Forms: Sonnet (14 lines), Blank Verse (iambic pentameter, unrhymed, 40-line limit), Sestina (39-line as per structure), all other forms (40-line limit).
Free Verse: 40-line limit, no rhythm, no rhyme.
Narrative Verse: (40-line limit, tells a story, may be rhymed or not).
Whimsy: 20-line limit. Light, humorous, limerick, shaped, or nonsense.
Japanese Form: Haiku (3-lines, 17-syllables with 5, 7, 5 per line), Tanka (5-lines, 31-syllables with 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 per line) or Renga (restricted to ten sentences/lines and need not rhyme).
Song Lyric: Three or four verses, one chorus/refrain, 40-line limit.
GUIDELINES FOR ENTERING (Please read and follow all instructions prior
to submitting your entries to the contest. Entries that do not follow
guidelines may be disqualified from the contest.)
This contest is open to non-member writers residing in Kansas and to
all members of the Kansas Authors Club, regardless of residence.
All entries must be original and not published in print or
electronically in any format including web-based or individual blogs,
websites or other electronic means, or publicly broadcast in any media
before the 2017 State Convention.
Entries that have won first, second, or third place in previous KAC
State contests are not eligible to be entered again. District awards or
Honorable Mentions in State Contests may be entered.
Each entrant may enter up to five entries per category. An entry may not be entered in multiple categories.
FEES: $5.00 per entry for KAC members. $8.00 per entry for
Judges will not be members of KAC. Prizes will be awarded only if judges find entries of sufficient merit. Judges decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning manuscripts.
Entries will be accepted April 1 to June 15, 2017, via the online submission tool, Submittable. The direct link is kansasauthorsclub.submittable.com or use the "submit button below.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING:
Prepare your document as you normally would for print submission. Submittable accepts the following file formats; doc, docx, pdf, rtf, wpf, odt, wpd.
a. Use a standard font (such as Times New Roman), 12 point size.
b. Prose documents should be double spaced with standard margins.
c. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the document.
Note: All prizes will be awarded to members and non-members at the annual KAC Convention in October. Prizes for winner who are unable to attend the convention will be delivered via district presidents or other KAC representatives and mailed when necessary.
NOTE: In addition to the awards of first, second, third place and honorable mentions within each prose and poetry category, an overall "Prose Writer of the Year" and "Poetry Writer of the Year" will be selected. This award is based on a points system that includes total number of entries submitted to the contest and the number of prizes awarded as a percentage of total entries per category. The contest managers will determine these winners, utilizing the three contest managers (adult prose, adult poetry, and youth) in the event of a tie or if consideration by a committee is deemed necessary.
NOTE: All prizes will be awarded to members and non-members at the annual KAC Convention in October. Prizes for winners who are unable to attend the convention will be delivered via district residents or other KAC representatives and mailed when necessary.
Youth Writing Contest
Contest opens April 1, 2017, and closes June 15, 2017.
Five Age Divisions: Grades 1-2; Grades 3-4; Grades 5-6; Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12.
Three Categories (any subject): Category #1 Poetry (to 40 lines; any form, including rhymed verse, free verse, haiku, classical form, song lyric); #2 Fiction (to 800 words; short story, chapter of a novel, drama); #3 Nonfiction (to 800 words; essay, research paper, factual narrative or drama based on real events and people).
Prizes: Medals and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age division and each category. Certificates for Honorable Mentions (awarded at judges’ discretion). Publication in book format of entries winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and Honorable Mentions, with each winner receiving a copy of the book. (KAC retains the right to edit the published entries but the entries themselves will remain the property of the individual authors). Prizes will be
awarded at the 2017 KAC Convention in Coffeyville,, Kansas, or mailed if the winner is not present. The convention
is the weekend of October 13. The Youth Awards Ceremony date/time/place will be announced prior to the
2017 William J. Karnowski
Youth Poetry Contest —Funded by William J. Karnowski for youth, ages 5-18 (Note: Separate from KAC youth contest, above. Students are encouraged to enter both contests.) Contest deadline is June 15, 2017. Print your own 2017 Karnowski Contest Rules [PDF Download] —Get Adobe PDF Reader FREE—
RULES FOR COMPETITION:
Send submissions to your KAC district Vice-President by June 15, 2017.
Vice-Presidents may submit their three choices for consideration to Bill Karnowski by August 15, 2017.
Poetry may be on any subject, in any style, with any structure, and any length.
On the back of each entry write the contestant’s name, address, phone or email contact, district number, age on August 15, 2017, and grade level for the 2016/2017 school year.
All poems will be returned to the poets if a self-addressed stamped envelope is enclosed. Otherwise entries will not be returned. If possible, keep a copy of your original poem as a back-up.
Three prizes will be awarded: First $100.00, Second $50.00, and Third $25.00.
The awards will be presented at the 2017 Annual Convention and Writers Conference Awards in Coffeyville, Kansas. The convention is the weekend of October 13. The Youth Awards Ceremony date/time/place will be announced prior to the convention.
By entering the contest, youth writers and their parents give KAC permission to use their names and submission in print form.
Mail entries to the following representatives of the Kansas Authors Club District in which you live. (See the 2017 Yearbook or www.kansasauthors.org/districts to find your district.)
District 1 Vice President Margaret McGillivary,
3124 SW Landsdown Apt. 68, Topeka, KS 66614
District 2 Vice President Mike Hartnett, 306 Parker Circle, Lawrence, KS 66049
District 3 Membership Chair Pete Walterscheid, 1203 W 4th St., Coffeyville, KS 67337