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11th Annual Missoula Writes Logo

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Missoula Writes contest!

 

8-10 Fiction

 

 
 

1st

Mckenna Straub

Lolo

 

2nd

Ariana Roberts

Missoula

 

3rd

Declan Oswald

Dillon

       

8-10 Non-fiction

 

 
 

1st

Benjamin Reed

Missoula

 

2nd

Sarah Dumontier

Missoula

 

3rd

Andrin Reimers

Missoula

       

8-10 Poetry

 

 
 

1st

Colter Cravy

Missoula

 

2nd

Woody Bourguignon

Missoula

 

3rd

Declan Oswald

Dillon

       

11-14 Fiction

 

 
 

1st

Amy Boote

Missoula

 

2nd

Chelsea DeMyer

Missoula

 

3rd

Ashley Kim

Missoula

       

11-14 Non-fiction

 

 
 

1st

Clara Kyrouac

Seeley Lake

 

2nd

Faith You

Missoula

 

3rd

Lucy Reed

Missoula

       

11-14 Poetry

 

 
 

1st

Amy Boote

Missoula

 

2nd

Judy Hirshberg

Missoula

 

3rd

Kyla Green

Frenchtown

       

15-18 Fiction

 

 
 

1st

Katie Smith

Huson

 

2nd

Josie Firehammer

Missoula

 

3rd

Grace Schwenk

Florence

       

15-18 Non-fiction

 

 
 

1st

Abbey Rhoderick

Missoula

 

2nd

Grace Schwenk

Florence

 

3rd

Callie Luther

Forsyth

       

15-18 Poetry

 

 
 

1st

Sam Smith

Huson

 

2nd

Brinley Stack

Lolo

 

3rd

Callie Luther

Forsyth

       

19+ Fiction

 

 
 

1st

Jonathan Halpern

Missoula

 

2nd

Vicki Sielaff

Livingston

 

3rd

David Francis Curran

Missoula

       

19+ Non-fiction

 

 
 

1st

Donna Erickson

Missoula

 

2nd

Kelsey Wellington

Missoula

 

3rd

Valerie E. Hess

Lolo

       

19+ Poetry

 

 
 

1st

Ashley Rezvani

Missoula

 

2nd

Madeleine Ferguson

Missoula

 

3rd

Jason Theroux

Missoula

Submissions

Writing Contest Rules [PDF]

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I enter the contest with a pen name, pseudonym, or as an “anonymous” author?

No, you may not. We need to know your real name in order for the County to make a prize check for you if you win. Also, we require your real name to avoid duplicate entries.

May an entry have more than one author?

Yes, two or more people may be the author, but a prize check will be awarded to only one person. You have to split it yourselves.

If I have posted my story on a blog, may I still enter it in the contest?

No, you may not. Writing posted on a blog, web site, social networking site or literary journal is considered “previously published.”

Do you have a sample of how an entry should look?

Yes, we bind copies of all the qualifying entries. Bound volumes available for checkout are located at 808.02 MISSOUL. Non-circulating copies are located in the Montana Room at MTR R 808.2 MISSOUL.

What happens after I submit my entry?

After we determine the qualifying entries, the judges will do their part. They have one month to do so. Next we will tally the scores, determine the winners, and call them with the good news! Then we will honor ALL contestants and award the prizes at a reception in early May.

When will winners be notified?

Winners will be notified in early April. We will call to ask for your social security number so the County can make a prize check for you. We will keep your social security number confidential.

When will the winners be announced?

We will announce the winners at the awards reception. After that, their names will appear on the library’s various social networking sites and its webpage as well as in local newspapers.

How many people entered the contest this year?

This will be announced at the awards reception. After that, it will appear on the library’s various social networking sites and its webpage as well as in local newspapers.

How many entries were there in the (age group/category)?

We’re sorry; we do not share that information.

How are the entries scored?

They are scored based on points for certain elements, such as grammar, creativity, development of the theme, etc.

Who are the judges?

We’re sorry; we do not reveal who the judges are. Judging is anonymous – they do not know your name either. But trust us…the judges are well qualified.

What did the judges say about my story?

The judges do not offer criticism or a critique of your writing. The score is based on points.

Why are contestants disqualified?

Disqualification occurs due to a failure to follow contest rules, not because of the writing or the subject matter.

Will disqualified contestants be notified?

No, we do not notify disqualified contestants.