Saturday, September 17, 2011

Announcing the 2011 Dr. Doris Mueller Poetry & Prose Contest

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Deborah Marshall, President of the Missouri Writers' Guild, asking me to announce the

2011 Dr. Doris Mueller Poetry & Prose Contest

Dr. Doris Mueller was a passionate educator, an author, a poet and a long-time member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. 
Proceeds beyond the prize money will go toward an annual scholarship awarded to a creative writing or English student enrolled in a program in a Missouri college or university.
Note: Contest is open to EVERYONE. Belonging to the MWG is NOT a requirement to enter.
·      Fiction suitable for children       TOPIC:  Imaginary friends                            
·      Short story (YA or Adult)          Choose the same topic or one of your own!
·      Poetry                                           Open


First, second and third prizes in each category will be awarded $100, $50 and $25 respectively, plus certificates. Three Honorable Mentions in each category will be awarded certificates.

Entry Dates:

September 15 – November 15, 2011 
All entries must be postmarked between September 15, 2011 and November 15, 2011.

Contest open to EVERYONE.
Belonging to MWG is not a requirement to enter.
All submissions must be previously unpublished.
Prose should be double-spaced in 12-point Times Roman.
Poetry may be single-spaced.
Entry Fees: $7 for each fiction or short story submission.
 $3 for each poem submitted.
Checks payable to Missouri Writers’ Guild.
Writers may submit more than one story per category.
Up to three poems may be submitted in an individual submission.
Stories may be any length up to 1,000 words.
Poetry should be no longer than 50 lines, including title.
Include your name, contact information, title(s) of your story, stories or poems included in the submission on the first page of your submission.
Please include the CATEGORY for each work.
Your name should not appear on the work you submit.
No violence, profanity or derogatory humor.
Entries will not be returned.


Fiction Suitable for Children: Jody Feldmanthe author of The Gollywhopper Games, a Texas Bluebonnet Award book and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Honor book, and The Seventh Level, winner of the 2011 Missouri Writers’ Guild “Show Me” Best Book Award.

Short Story: Harvey Stanbrougha former US Marine who was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. He is a National Book Award nominated poet, a writer and writing instructor.

Poetry: John Han, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.  An award-winning poet, he has authored three poetry volumes: Little Guy Haiku, Chopsticks and Fork, and Thunder Thighs.  

Send entry fees and entries by November 15, 2011 to:
MWG Contests
1203 Spartina Drive
Florissant, MO 63031

Winners will be announced by December 30, 2011. 

Questions? E-mail Deb Marshall, MWG President at 

Note: With the low entry fees and range of topics, this is an appealing contest--and I love the "imaginary friend" topic for the stories suitable for children.

Good luck if you enter!


  1. WOW! This is an amazing contest, Donna! I probably won't enter, because I'm a wordy girl, but I'm going to tweet it now. Thanks again for spotting the great contests.

  2. Thanks for sharing this information, Donna. This is the first contest that has piqued my interest. I, too, like the theme of "imaginary friends." I think I have a seed of an idea already.

    Again, thanks.

  3. Doris was such a sweet lady--that's nice to have a contest in her honor. And you have some cool judges too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Clara,
    Thanks so much for spreading the word. I especially like that the proceeds will benefit writing students.

    Hi Sioux,
    You are welcome. I would love to read your imaginary friends entry. With your being a teacher, I bet you have lots of ideas.

    Hi Lynn,
    I met Doris at conferences, but didn't know her very well, but from everything I've heard she was a special lady. And you are right about the judges.




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