2017 Regional Emerging Writer's Contest


The contest is open from April 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017. 

Entry Fee: $10.00

The Montana Book Festival celebrates poetry, fiction and nonfiction by regional emerging writers. One winner in each of the three categories will receive $100. At least one of these three winners will also receive travel support and accommodations to give a reading in Missoula at the Montana Book Festival. All entrants will receive our decision in early July.

Final CONTEST JUDGES are all notable authors who participated in the 2016 Montana Book Festival: 

  • Richard Fifield: Fiction
  • Amanda Fortini: Nonfiction
  • Sherwin Bitsui: Poetry

You are eligible if you:

  • Live at least 6 months of the year in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington.
  • Have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works).
  • Have no book forthcoming before October 1, 2017.

Please submit unpublished work. For fiction and nonfiction, send a manuscript of under 6,000 words. For poetry, we will consider up to 5 pages. Any submissions that exceed these limits will not be considered. Contest submissions will be read blind - please do not include any identifying information on your manuscript. 

Submit your writing entry HERE.

No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.

Please direct any questions to montanabookfestival@gmail.com.

Learn about the 2016 Emerging Writers's Contest winners

Download the 2017 writing contest information flyer in PDF format