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This Year's Theme: Light

Deadline for Entry: 11:59 PM on July 1st, 2021

Eastern Shore Writers Association members are invited to submit a poem or micro-fiction story which invokes the theme of "Light". A special reading will take place the evening of Thursday, July 29th, on Thursdays with ESWA from 7:30-8:30 PM, where the top ten finalists will be invited to read on Zoom. This year, we're excited to announce that a third, second, and first place winner will be announced by contest judge, Salisbury Poet Laureate, Nancy Mitchell!

Third place: $25.00 cash
Second place: $50.00 cash
First place: $100.00 cash & free registration to the 2022 BTO Writers Conference on Saturday, March 5th 2022 where the winner will be asked to read their winning entry live!

Submission Details:
Submit 1 poem (no more than 2 total pages) or 1 micro-fiction story (300 words maximum) in an attached MS Word Document or PDF to eswathecrossroads@gmail.com.

Please ensure your writing is submitted in a readable font (we prefer Arial, Garamond, or Times New Roman), size 12, and remove all identifying information from the document prior to sending.

In the body of your email, please include the following:

  • name (as you would like it to appear in all promotional material)
  • address
  • telephone number
  • email address
  • A bio (no more than 75 words written in 3rd person).

You may only submit one time in one genre.

Writing must be unpublished.

Previous winners and current ESWA Board Members are not eligible.

There is no fee, but you must be an active member of ESWA to enter. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be eligible for entry.

Click here to join Eastern Shore Writers Association for the low price of $35.00 for the year.

About this year's contest judge, Nancy Mitchell:

Nancy Mitchell is a is a 2012 recipient of the Pushcart Prize and the author of The Near Surround, Grief Hut, and The Out-of-Body Shop. She has published in journals such as Agni, Green Mountains Review, and Washington Square Review, and has been awarded numerous artist residency fellowships. While former lecturer at Salisbury University, she produced the annual fine arts festival, Wordstock. She has worked for Maryland Summer Center for the Arts, Girls Innovative Academy and directs Writing for Wellness programs in Worcester County. Mitchell is associate editor for Plume Poetry Journal, and serves as the inaugural poet laureate of Salisbury, Maryland. Visit her webpage for more information.

Contest open until 11:59 on July 1st, 2021!

Thursdays with ESWA
Generative writing workshops, craft sessions, readings and more! 
Join us!  Every Thursday night from 7:30-9 PM on Zoom!

Beating Hell to Hell in Short Fiction
with Stephen Scott Whitaker

Thursday, June 10th
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Click here to register for this extraordinary free event, live on Zoom!

In this generative workshop, writers will utilize the concepts of the seven deadly sins as character/plot development in short fiction. Writers will review the seven deadlies and unpack how they can be utilized thematically or as character/plot fodder for fiction of all genres.

Stephen Scott Whitaker (@SScottWhitaker) is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the co-editor of The Broadkill Review.  A teaching artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts, an educator, and a grant writer, Whitaker’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in The Rumpus, The Maine Review, Great River Review, River Heron Review, Oxford Poetry, The Best of Helios Quarterly & The Southern Poetry Review Series: Virginia. Mulch, a novel of weird fiction is forthcoming from Montag Press in 2021.

Please note: A Zoom link will be automatically emailed to registrants 24 hours prior to the event.

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Upcoming Scheduled Events:

June 13th: Coffee & Poets: Study of Lucille Clifton (Sunday @ 1 PM)

June 14th: Get Lit with Dylan Roche!  This month's focus: Compelling Characterization (Monday @ 7 PM)

June 17th:
Thursdays with ESWA -- Quarantined at the Keyboard with Fran Severn, writing prompts galore!

June 24th: Thursdays with ESWA-- Novels & Novellas in Verse with Laura Shovan!

June 28th: National Portrait Gallery Private Zoom Tour of Her Story: A Century of Women Writers

July 8th: Thursdays with ESWA -- Steve Bellin-Oka -- Poetry Writing Workshop!

July 15th: Thursdays with ESWA -- Quarantined at the Keyboard with Fran Severn, writing prompts galore!

July 22nd: Summer Open Mic Night!  Hosted by the fabulous Rick Lupert of Poetry Superhighway and the reading series at the Cobalt Cafe!

July 29th: Thursdays with ESWA -- Reading of the Crossroads Poetry & Micro Fiction contest finalists!  Who is the winner?  Tune in to find out!  With contest judge, Salisbury Poet Laureate, Nancy Mitchell!

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