As the name indicates, this contest is for the KWC First K (or first 1000 words) of a polished piece. 

Whether you write young adult Science Fiction, Chick Lit, or Memoir, you are welcome to enter our First K Contest. Please check the submission guidelines thoroughly before submitting.

Anyone who is registered for the conference and has paid for an entry.

Each entry is $10. You may enter as many times as you like, as long as you have paid for the entry in our store here:

Entries that are not paid for will be discarded.

There are ten categories. If your entry doesn’t readily fit into one of these categories, try your best to come close. For instance, memoir might fall under nonfiction.
1. Fiction: General/Historical
2. Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
3. Fiction: Romance
4. Sci-fi/Fantasy
5. Middle Grade
6. Nonfiction
7. Poetry
8.Young Adult: Contemporary/Romance
9. Young Adult: General/Historical
10. Young Adult: Sci-fi/Fantasy
11. Children’s Picture Book

Our contest is unique, in that readers and community members from Kanab and surrounding areas will be the judges for this contest, as well as experienced authors from around the writing community. They’ll have adjudication sheets uniform judging criteria across categories. You’ll receive feedback from all judges who read your entry at the conclusion of the conference.

All contest entries must be submitted by July 1, 2022, in order to be considered.
Feedback forms will be returned within two weeks of the conclusion of the conference.
All entries should be submitted in the following format:
  • 12 pt. font
  • Times New Roman font
  • 1 inch margins, double-spaced
  • no identifying information (if writing memoir, please use a pseudonym)
  • header containing title of entry, but no names
  • entry must be less than 1000 words (footnotes/endnotes don’t count, if writing nonfiction)
  • please use file formats that are .doc, .docx, or google docs only
  • entries must be submitted through the google form by midnight of October 1st
The submission form is found here:
All entries must be submitted through the google form.

The winner in each category will be given a cash prize. The top three winners in each category will have the option of printing their entry in an anthology that will be published as part of the self-publishing seminar at the conclusion of the conference. Additional prizes may be added, such as “Get out of the slush free” cards.

Absolutely. Just click the link below and you’ll see a copy of the form that we’ll be using.

Kanab Writing Contest-Judging Form 2020

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