The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always. – Arthur Miller
In literary circles, writing contests often drive conversations about who “the best” is — the best publisher, the best author, and the best story — all prized titles.
At The Washington Pastime, we like to think that we’re in the business of “the best,” too. We pride ourselves on only publishing what our editors feel are the best stories possible.
Yet, inevitably we all want that title, and that distinction. And so, in the spirit of our search for the best, The Washington Pastime holds annual literary contests.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
-If you have to pay to enter, The Washington Pastime will pay the winner.
-If the contest is sponsored, the winner will receive a prize and there will be no entry fee.
-If the contest is free, it’s for bragging rights only, with few exceptions
-Winners receive guaranteed print publication in The Washington Pastime’s print publication.
-Finalists often receive prizes, money, or other incentives.
-Individual contests vary in their structure and prizes.
-Winners are bathed in golden emails, and fed only the finest publishing contracts.
A NOTE FOR STUDENTS:
The Washington Pastime encourages higher education students to submit their work to our literary contests by offering students discounted (and in some instances, free) entry into paid contests. However, discounts will only apply to students who provide all of the following:
1. Scan a valid STUDENT ID with Photograph
2. Scan a valid driver’s license, non-driver’s license, passport, or military ID with photograph
3. Scan a copy of your CURRENT SEMESTER class schedule
4. Provide a .edu email address of a current professor who can verify your enrollment.
5. Paste items 1-3 in .jpg format into a word document, and save as .PDF
6. Upload that .pdf during submission.
7. Supply professor’s .edu email address in contest entry form.
NOTE: .PDF MUST CONTAIN ITEMS 1-3 OR CONTEST ENTRY SHALL BE VOID
There are currently no active literary contests. Check back soon, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for our latest announcements.
Prize: $250, Print & Digital Publication. $10 entry.
WINNER: J.C. Hemphill, “Taking Flight”
RUNNER UP: Sharmeen Farooq, “Maaf Karo Forgive Me”
$1,200 Prize, $20 entry. FINAL FOUR: Mat Yovin (1), Lori Gagola (2), James Hardwell (3), Sorrell Farhid (4)
I have seen the best of you, and the worst of you, and I choose both. – Sarah Kay