GFWC Member Writing Contests

Objective: Encourage members and youth to develop creative writing skills and to recognize their achievements.

Do you enjoy writing? Have you ever thought you would like to try your hand at expressing yourself through the written word? The GFWC Writing Contest seeks to provide an avenue for GFWC members to express themselves through the writing of short stories and poems. There are, also, contest categories for youth short story and youth poetry.

GFWC Member Contests

• Authors must be dues-paying members of an active GFWC club. • Entries must be typed, double-spaced, printed on one side only, with minimum margins of one-inch on all four sides, on 8.5 x 11-inch paper. • Entries must be written during the contest year (January 1-December 31). • Entries must have the following on the top right hand corner of each page: – Author’s name, email address, mailing address, and phone number – Name of author’s GFWC club and state federation – Category – Title of work • Authors must be amateurs; earnings from writing may not exceed $500 annually. • Entries may not have been published prior to the competition and must be original works by the author. • A signed GFWC Creative Arts Waiver must be included with each submission. • Short stories are limited to 2,000 words. • Poetry entries can be any style, with a minimum length of eight lines and a maximum of 50 lines. • One entry per member per category.

ENTRY GUIDELINES AND DEADLINES STATE LEVEL • Clubs must send entries to their respective State Writing Contest. Leslie Prothero is our GFWC of Missouri chairman. Her address is in the GFWC MO state yearbook.  

Important Note:  GFWC now requires a signed waiver for contest entries.  You can print the print the waiver from this link:   GFWC Creative Arts Contest Waiver (pdf)

Youth Writing Contests

• Entries must be typed, double-spaced, printed on one side only, with minimum margins of one-inch on all four sides, on 8.5 x 11-inch paper. • Entries must be written during the contest year (January 1-December 31). • Entries must have the following on the top right hand corner of each page: – Author’s name, email address, mailing address, and phone number – Name of the GFWC club and state federation submitting author’s work – Category – Title of work – Grade Level Category Category 1: Grades K, 1, and 2 Category 2: Grades 3, 4, and 5 Category 3: Grades 6, 7, and 8 Category 4: Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 • Authors must be amateurs; earnings from writing may not exceed $500 annually. • Entries may not have been published prior to the competition and must be original works by the authors. • A signed GFWC Creative Arts Waiver must be included with each submission. • One entry person per person per category. • Short stories are limited to 2,000 words. • Poetry entries can be any style, with a minimum length of eight lines and a maximum of 50 lines. • The Six Traits of Writing will be used in the judging of the Youth Writing Contest.

ENTRY GUIDELINES AND DEADLINES STATE LEVEL • Clubs must send entries to their respective State Writing Contest. Leslie Prothero is our GFWC of Missouri chairman. Her address is in the GFWC MO state yearbook.  

2016 Youth and Member Writing Contest Winning Entries.

GFWC MISSOURI WRITING AWARDS – YOUTH POETRY  

Category 2 (3-5)
1st Andre Washington, Grade 5, “It Hurts”                 GFWC Achieving By Reading Club
2nd Brianna Murray, Grade 5, “The Dark Blue Sea”     GFWC Achieving By Reading Club
3rd Ja’Kayla Mack, Grade 5, “Melting Inside”             GFWC Achieving By Reading Club

Category 3 (6-8)
1st Amiyah Parker, Grade 6, “Hollow”                           GFWC Achieving By Reading Club
2nd Devin Madison, “ 6, “Where People Come From”     GFWC Achieving By Reading Club
3rd My’Auna Starr, Grade 6, “We Need Peace”              GFWC Achieving By Reading Club

Category 4 (9-12)
11st Bryce Palmer, “Timeless Treat”                     GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve
2nd Alyssa Kertz, “The Place I Call Home”            GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve
3rd Clayton Drury, “Small Town Life”                   GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve

GFWC MISSOURI WRITING AWARDS – YOUTH SHORT STORY >

Category 4 (9-12)
1st Nicole Smith, “Light at the End of the Tunnel”     GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve
2nd Clare McDowell, “Flowers by the Sea”                 GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve
3rd Ben Roth, “An Old Home”                                   GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve

GFWC MISSOURI WRITING AWARDS – MEMBER POETRY 

1st1st Kay McDonald, “Time-Worn”                             GFWC Monday Club of Farmington
2nd Judy Gustafson, “Daddy”                                 GFWC Woman’s Club of Ste. Genevieve  

GFWF MISOURI WRITING AWARDS – MEMBER SHORT STORY >

1st1st Patricia Mertens, “What I Learned from a Haircut”             GFWC Mina Sauk Club 

Click on the link below to access more information about the writing contest. 

More Information from the GFWC Club Manual for Awards, Contests and Grants

GFWCMO Forms Archive