In Search of Great American Writers

Happy Tuesday, AWers! This press release just arrived in my inbox, and I thought some of you might be interested:

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Indianapolis (February 6, 2012) — On the eve of the 110th birthday of John Steinbeck, a contributor to The Saturday Evening Post and the acclaimed author of classic novels including The Grapes of Wrath—the Post announces its first ever “Great American Fiction Contest.” The competition offers aspiring novelists the opportunity to join the ranks of other renowned Post contributors including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London and Edgar Allan Poe.

“Good writers help us understand who we are. And The Saturday Evening Post believes that supporting and encouraging writing is all the more vital in a universe where media is evolving so rapidly,” said Editorial Director Steven Slon.

Sponsored by the nonprofit the Saturday Evening Post Society, the contest is designed to promote fiction and creative writing, while seeking America’s next great, unpublished voices. The winning story will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of The Saturday Evening Post and on the magazine’s website. The winner will also be awarded $500, while five runners-up will receive $100 each and have their stories published on the Post’s website.

Entries must be character- or plot-driven stories in any genre of fiction that falls within the Post’s broad range of interests. Entrants must be previously unpublished authors (excluding personal websites and blogs) and stories must be 1,500-5,000 words in length. All submissions should be made electronically in Microsoft Word format with the author’s name, address, telephone number and email address on the first page. The Saturday Evening Post editorial staff in consultation with the magazine’s fiction advisory board will judge the stories. There is a $10 entry fee and all entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2012.

For more information, or to submit a story, please visit

Remember: Write hard. Write true. And write on!

3 thoughts on “In Search of Great American Writers”

  1. Thanks for your great site.

    I was excited to read Saturday Evening Post is sponsoring a fiction contest, but was then quickly disappointed when I read that “Entrants must be previously unpublished authors,” because I have been published. However, I decided to visit the SEP site and publish the link on my Facebook page and on the page of a writers group to which I belong.

    The rules listed on the site actually say: “Stories must be submitted by the author, previously unpublished (excluding personal websites and blogs), and 1,500-5,000 words in length.” So, it seems the STORIES have to be previously unpublished, not the authors… What do you think?

  2. In regards to your call for the Great American Novel. I’ve already found it. Unfortunately it’s already been published. It’s a novel called Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks. This book had me convinced I might be reading that lost second novel from Harper Lee. Amazing story, brilliant first person narration in the guise of a 13 year old girl navigating her way through 1925 New Orleans speakeasies. This is the one that could have had a chance to win your contest, if it hadn’t already been published. Give it a read. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Can be had at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I really enjoy your website. I only recently discovered it. Keep up the good work.

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