Whidbey Island Writers Association offers spirited writing contest


Writers on Whidbey Island of all genres have a place to turn in those unread and unpublished works.

Whidbey Island Writers Association invites Whidbey writers 18 and older to participate in the annual Spirit of Writing competition. Writers may submit manuscripts in any of the following categories: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction/essay, memoir, and children’s literature. Writers may submit in more than a single category.

Rules and entry forms are available online at or the Sno-Isle branch libraries in Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Clinton.

Manuscripts may be submitted in hard copy at any of the Whidbey Island branch libraries, mailed to the WIWA office, P.O. Box 639, Freeland, WA 98249, or this year for the first time, WIWA also accepts entries online. Help with online submission is available at the library branches.

The contest deadline is Saturday, Oct. 8 at the end of working hours at the libraries, postmarked until Oct. 8 for mail-in entries, and dated to Oct. 8 online entries.

The contest has become a popular event among full-time and seasonal Whidbey residents. WIWA is dedicated to encouraging writers at any experience level to take the next step. The entry fee includes the return of all manuscripts with comments by two judges. Soft cover books of the winning works are displayed at the Sno-Isle branch libraries and winning authors are invited to participate in programs of literary readings at the libraries and other island venues. This year’s grand prize winner will be invited to attend.

For more information, call the WIWA office, 331-6714 or visit the website at

The Whidbey Island Writers Association is a program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.


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