The San Antonio Writers' Guild 25th Annual Contest

The SAWG Annual Contest is a multi-category contest which accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place winners in each category. Word limit depends on the entry.

Click here for rules, and prepare to submit your piece for late summer/fall 2017:

Winners in the 25th Annual SAWG Contest, announced April 6, 2017:

Short Story

  1. Camembert in Camelot - Robin Hostetter
  2. Rywka's Story - April Grunspan
  3. Leaving Iowa - Silvia Foster-Frau
  4. Honorable Mention: Rex - Stewart Smith
  5. Honorable Mention: Tin Can - Jennifer Ravenscroft


  1. Coffee Mugs and Falling Leaves - Christopher Knodel
  2. My "I-Just-Got-Laid-Off" Dress - Monica Berry
  3. A Night to Remember - Janet Alyn
  4. Honorable Mention: Daddy's Hands - Jean Jackson
  5. Honorable Mention: Other People's Carrots - Kenneth Bennight

Flash Fiction

  1. The Cataract and the Cockroach - Janet Alyn
  2. Mr. President - Michelle Hafernik
  3. Never Alone - Francis Hicks
  4. Honorable Mention: Slow Motion - Debs McCrary
  5. Honorable Mention: The Bard - Jason Chandler


  1. Los Compadres - Sally Clark
  2. Barbara, Marian, and the Elder - Nick Sweet
  3. Historic District - David Roberts
  4. Honorable Mention: Pick One - Jean Jackson
  5. Honorable Mention: Waiting with Wellington in Phoenix Park, Dublin - Christopher Knodel

Novel First Chapter

  1. Glass Flowers - Erica Seiler
  2. Land of Lost Souls - Jody Hadlock
  3. Pass - Joni Koehler
  4. Honorable Mention: Running Water - Kristi Johnson
  5. Honorable Mention: The Rift - S.H. Kelly
  6. Honorable Mention: El Rincon - Stewart Smith

The Junette Kirkham Woller Award for Effort ("The Judy Award")

This award, with a prize of twenty dollars, is awarded each year at the December Holiday Potluck to the member of the San Antonio Writers' Guild who has received the most rejection notices that year. There is no submission fee.

Participating members must keep a record of rejection notices received in whatever form (note, letter, telephone conversation, returned manuscript, or email). Participants may also include those submissions for which they have not received a reply after six months. The record for submission should include the following:

1. Type of work or idea submitted
2. To whom submitted
3. Date of submission
4. Date of receipt of rejection (including no answer after six months)

Entries should be brought to the December social and handed to an officer.

Everyone who has received this award in the past has eventually become a published author.

National Novel Writing Month and the Jan Jennings Award

November is National Novel Writing Month (affectionately NaNoWriMo), and participants pledge to write an entire 50,000 word novel in a month. Join NaNoWriMo, and the SAWG member who wrote the most words in the month of November will win the Jan Jennings Award.