All Massachusetts writers are invited to submit their best work to this year’s Marblehead Festival of Arts writing contest. An annual tradition for over 50 years, our festival celebrates the best of the arts in a weeklong series of events and arts competitions honoring our state’s cultural traditions. The literary component of the festival celebrates Massachusetts-based authors of distinction through lectures, panels, and other initiatives.
By entering our writing competition, you are supporting the festival’s mission to promote and foster the arts in Marblehead and surrounding communities. As in years past, the contest will recognize the strongest submissions, as deemed by our esteemed judges, with first and second place cash prizes and honorable mentions in each category (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry).
We reserve the right to publish winning works on the Marblehead Festival of Arts website and/or other Festival publication, but copyright belongs to the author.
While the theme of this year’s Literary Festival is “The Importance of Place,” writers do not have to write or submit work fitting this theme.
This contest is open to all Massachusetts residents who are writers of fiction, creative nonfiction (including memoir and personal essay), and poetry. Submitted work may NOT be previously published unless on a personal blog, personal website, or other self-produced publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately, via email, if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Submission fee is $15 PER WORK, and you may submit as many works as you like. For example, if you submit two poems, your submission fee is $30. The same is true for all categories. You may submit in multiple categories.
The Literary Festival welcomes and encourages entries from writers of all backgrounds, groups, and identities who are 18 and older.
By entering the Marblehead Festival of Arts Writing Contest you agree that:
(1) The work is your own original work
(2) No one else owns the rights to publish said work
(3) If you are one of the winners (including Honorable Mention), you grant Marblehead Festival of Arts the right to publish said work, unless you withdraw your work prior to our announcement of winners.
Marblehead Festival of Arts does NOT retain rights to your work after we publish it.
Grand prize for each category (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry): $125, plus electronic and/or print publication
Second place (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry): $50, plus electronic and/or print publication
Honorable mentions (number will be determined by judges): Certificate of recognition, plus electronic and/or print publication.
All winners will be invited to the Marblehead Festival of Arts Awards Ceremony to be held during the evening of Weds., July 3, 2019, location TBA. Attendance is encouraged, but not required to receive award.
If you are submitting work to our contest, please consider joining us for the Marblehead Arts Festival, including our full roster of literary events. Details will be posted at www.marbleheadfestival.org as they are confirmed.
SUBMISSION RULES & GUIDELINES
Please read carefully! Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected.
We will be opening up registration soon at users.marbleheadfestival.org
Entries must be submitted online on or by June 19, 2019 (Eastern time) by midnight. (Entries time-stamped June 20 or later will be rejected.)
All entries MUST have paid their entry fee of $15 per entry. If for some reason you are unable to make a payment online, PLEASE EMAIL US. We will help you make arrangements to pay by mail and/or in person.
Length of entries:
Poetry: Each poem should be no greater than 32 lines
Fiction: Short stories or novel stand-alone chapters/excerpts no longer than 3,000 words. Any genre or subgenre is welcome (literary fiction, speculative fiction, young adult, etc.).
Nonfiction: Essays, brief memoirs, etc., of no longer than 3,000 words
Entries for all categories (except poetry) to be double-spaced, one-inch margins, Times New Roman or other standard 12-point font. We ask poets to use a standard 12-point font, but do not require standard margins.
PLEASE INCLUDE your name, address, phone number, and email address on your cover page, along with the TITLE of your submission, CATEGORY of work, and number of words. Please also include a short (2-3 sentence) bio about yourself. Do NOT describe your submitted work. The writing should stand on its own without need for explanation.
Cover Page Example:
123 Four Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Title of work: THE TEMPEST
Word count: 2,700
Bio: Jane Doe is a nature writer based in Gloucester. She grew up on a commune west of the city with her parents and seven siblings. When she’s not writing, she’s tending to her llamas, rock climbing, or helping out at the Farmer’s Market.
HOW TO ENTER
Pay your entry fee via this link https://users.marbleheadfestival.org/
Email your cover page and writing entry as an attachment/attachments in these formats only: PDF, Word, or Google doc, via email: email@example.com
You will receive a confirmation email when your entry has been received and logged into our system. Thank you for entering the 2019 Marblehead Festival of Arts Writing Contest!