Entries for the 2018 Writing Contests may be submitted at any time after the entrant has
registered. The deadline for entries is August 20, 2018. Winners will be announced September 1,
2018, at the Saturday lunch program. You must be registered for the conference to enter.
Once you have paid the contest entry fee, you may enter as many categories as you wish, up to
five entries in each category. You may not enter the same material in multiple categories.
Registration is only $19.99
• Fiction (short stories or novel excerpts)
•Nonfiction (including memoir and
• Flash Fiction
•Writing for Young Readers (including YA)
All submissions are limited to ten pages or fewer, except for Novels, where you may submit the
full manuscript regardless of length. Entries must be submitted in the following format: double-
spaced, Times New Roman, twelve-point font, one-inch margins on all sides-- except poetry,
which may be single-spaced. The title, author name, and category should appear on a cover
sheet, but not on the manuscript pages. Manuscripts will not be returned. Portions of first-place
winning entries may be read at the Saturday lunch program.
The winners in the first five categories will be published in the Spring issue of Conclave.
Additionally, the winner of the Novel competition will be offered a publishing contract from
No manuscript that has been previously published, in print or electronically, may be submitted.
Material that has previously placed first in the Red Sneaker Writing Contests may not be
Contest submissions should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Red Sneaker Writers Convention is co-hosted by
New York Times-bestselling author William Bernhardt, author of forty-four books and founder of the Red Sneaker Writing Center.
Write Well, Sell Well inspires and equips writers to discover the craft of writing and get published. Founders Rene Gutteridge, Melanie Hemry, and Cheri Fuller have 70+ years of experience.