For the first time, we are offering a writing contest. 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.

Who can enter the contest?

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

How much does the contest cost?

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.

What categories are there?

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

Who will judge my entries?

Our contest is unique, in that readers and community members from Kanab and surrounding areas will be the judges for this contest. 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.

What are the important dates to remember?

All contest entries must be submitted by October 1, 2019, in order to be considered.
Feedback forms will be returned within two weeks of the conclusion of the conference.

What are the submission guidelines?

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

Where can I find the submission form?

The submission form is found here:
All entries must be submitted through the google form.

What are the prizes if I win?

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.

What if I have other questions that haven't been answered?

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