Arizona Authors Literary Contest

AZ Authors Association Literary Contest and Awards

Flyer and Entry Form

Unpublished Categories                                             Published Book Categories

Poems                                                                                          Fiction
Short Stories                                                                                Nonfiction
Essays, Articles, True Stories                                                      Children's Literature
Novels, Novellas

First Prize All Categories
$100 & Publication or feature in Arizona Literary Magazine
Second Prize All Categories
$50 & publication or feature in Arizona Literary Magazine
Third Prize All Categories
$25 & publication or feature in Arizona Literary Magazine

First & Second Prize Winners
In Poetry, Essay, Short Story 
Nomination for the Pushcart Prize

Since it began in 1978, the Arizona Literary Magazine has launched the careers of many authors.

Contest Rules & Submission Guidelines

  • Winners in unpublished categories automatically consign first serial rights to Arizona Authors Association (right to print an excerpt in Arizona Literary Magazine first). If an entry is published after the deadline, the author must withdraw that entry.
  • Winning entries will be published or featured in the 2020 Arizona Literary Magazine.
  • Entries will be accepted now until postmark no later than July 1, 2019.
  • Unpublished categories: Three copies of each entry must be provided. No author name anywhere other than on entry forms.
  • Published categories: Two copies of each entry. Published E-books must be submitted in print & bound
  • form like a gallery or ARC.
  • All published books including E-books must include ISBN, copyright dates, and publisher information.
  • Except for poems, all unpublished manuscripts must be double-spaced, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins, stapled or paper clipped.
  • Page numbers & titles on header—all pages.
  • For multiple entries fill out a separate entry form for each entry. You may copy form from our website or photocopy from an original.
  • Unpublished novels & novellas must be completed and available upon the judge’s request.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned except with critiques. Published books will be donated.
  • All finalists will be notified in advance of awards.
  • The judges reserve the right to switch the category for an entry, to cancel a category if the number of entries is insufficient, or to decide not to have a winner if the level of the best entries is not up to publishing industry standards.
  • Any entry not following guidelines will be disqualified without notifying the author. No refunds to disqualified


To request a detailed critique of all aspects of your work with suggestions:
* Mark your choice of critique on the entry form.
* Critiques cost extra and available only for unpublished works.

>>>DEADLINE: July 1, 2019<<< 
AWARDS: November 2. 2019 

1 comment:

  1. Hello Arizona Authors!

    For those of you who already volunteered to judge this year's lit contest, THANK YOU.
    Unfortunately we're coming up a tad short on judges and and could use more:
    3 more for Published Non-Fiction
    1 more for Poetry
    2 more for Children's Lit

    Of course if you entered a work, you cannot judge that category. So if I entered a book in Published Fiction, then I can't judge that category, but I could judge UnPublished Poetry or Published Children's Lit, etc..

    Please help if you can. If we don't have enough judges then we'll have to assign some of our current judges to other categories (and you don't want me judging UnPublished Poetry!)

    Email Jane Ruby ASAP if you can help out!!!

    I hope to be shipping out judging assignments with the judging/rating/critique(where applicable) sheets within a few days.

    Jane Ruby, Literary Contest Director
    Arizona Authors Association