Writing Contest

2016 contest winners2016 contest winnersEach year, WOTS features a writing contest based on a theme. First and Second Place awards are given in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. 


2017 theme: "Shadows"

Please review the following carefully as some instructions have changed.


  • Entrants must be a registered attendee of the current year’s conference.
  • Applicants may enter more than one category, but may submit only one entry in each category (fiction, nonfiction and poetry).
  • A $15 fee is required for each entry, and can be paid with conference registration, separately by check, or over the phone with a credit card. 
  • Entries must be 1,500 words or less and received by the deadline (2017 date "tbd" end of August).
  • Material must be original and not previously accepted for publication or production.
  • Conference presenters, steering committee, and persons affiliated with Edmonds Arts Commission are not eligible for participation.
  • The City of Edmonds is granted a one-time right to reproduce winning entries for educational purposes.
  • A social security number is required by the City of Edmonds for every cash award recipient in order to process payment.
  • Contest fees are non-refundable. 


  • Winners are selected by independent judges. Judging is anonymous. Notes are not provided.
  • Entries will be judged primarily on the quality of the writing. The theme (Shadows) may be addressed directly or indirectly.
  • Entries must meet all the rules and submission instructions.
  • First place awards are $100 and Second place awards are $75. Monetary awards are generously provided by RBC Wealth Management/Krause & Thorpe Management Team. Honorable Mention may be awarded at the judges’ discretion, and does not come with a cash prize.

Submission Instructions

  • The language and subject matter of entries should be appropriate for the general public and for circulation in the public library.
  • All entries must be typed in a standard copy-style font (Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Calibri), 10-12 point size, single spaced lines, and formatted on 8 1/2 x 11 page with a minimum of 1 1/4 margins on all sides.
  • Do not type your name anywhere on the manuscript. Judges are not to know who wrote the entries.
  • Type the title at the top of the first page. NOTE:  In order to avoid multiple entries with the same title, it is strongly recommended authors do not title their entries with the theme.
  • Your entry must have a footer on each page: In the footer on each page type the title, page number, and genre (Example: An Award-Winning Story—page 1—Fiction). If you are unfamiliar how to create a page footer, refer to your computer program’s instructions. Please, do not insert multiple line returns.
  • Name the document with the genre and the title (Example: Fiction An Award-Winning Story) and save your document in either Word or PDF format (.doc,. docx, or .pdf).
  • Submit your entry/entries electronically. Do Not Mail. Instructions how to submit your entry via this website will be posted late spring/early summer of 2017.
  • Failure to follow any of the rules and instructions may result in disqualification.

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The Literary Contest awards are generously sponsored by Krause & Thorpe/RBC Wealth Management


Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds WA

Contact Information

Write on the Sound

City of Edmonds Arts Commission

700 Main St. | Edmonds, WA 98020

425-771-0228 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5:00PM (PT)

Write on the Sound is a program of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission with funding support by community sponsors.

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