The competition is open to commercially unpublished writers in three genres, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry, and three age categories, 15-18, 19-25 and 25+. Winners receive a cash prize, are invited to an awards ceremony in Bend, and are featured in The Nature of Words’ annual anthology.
Submissions are judged by a panel of professional writers. This year’s panel includes Fiction judge Chantal Strobel, Community Relations and Development Manager for the Deschutes Public Library; Creative Nonfiction judge David Jasper, journalist for The Bulletin; and Poetry judge, Dr. Emily Carr, director of the Low-Residency MFA at OSU-Cascades.
Last year, one of our alumni, Evan Gabriel from the class of 2013 won one of these prizes! To learn more about submitting work to the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition, visit www.thenatureofwords.submittable.com/submit.
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