Writing Contest Open—Win a Scholarship to SBWC 2016

SwirlSBWC 2016: June 5-10, Hyatt Santa Barbara Dear Writers,

Enter to win a scholarship to the 44th Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

There are three categories to this contest. You may enter one, two or all three. You are welcome to enter multiple times, but please only one entry per email.


1) Best opening sentence: Limit 50 words 2) Prose: This can be a short essay, a short story, or the opening to your novel or nonfiction project. Limit 500 words 3) Poem: Limit 44 lines

The judges will look for excellence appropriate to each category.

To enter:

  • Email all entries to info@sbwriters.com
  • Put the category of your entry in the subject line
  • This must be your original work, published or not.
  • Paste your writing entry and contact information into the body of the email. No attachments, please.

Contact information should include:

  • Name
  • Phone number where you can be reached if you are a winner
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  1. For each category there will be a full tuition scholarship ($650 value) for the 2016 Santa Barbara Writers Conference June 5-10
  2. Scholarship recipients must be able to attend the conference this year
  3. If not, the full scholarship will be awarded to the runner up
  4. No entry fee
  5. Contest opens:  Today, Wednesday May 11, 2016
  6. Submission period closes NOON, Wednesday May 18
  7.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 21

Our 44th Year!


"A most stimulating time—a glorious week!" — Eudora Welty

"The best in the nation." — James A. Michener

"An important and wonderful week." — Elmore Leonard

"SBWC offers aspiring talents opportunities to have their work seen by professionals who can help them reach publication." — Los Angeles Times

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