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Writing Contest

2024 WRITERS CONFERENCE

WCCW is pleased to announce The Goldie Awards & Writing Contest for 2024. This annual contest is for original, unpublished submissions by attendees (both in-person and virtual). We define “published" as anything published for payment. Our panel of judges is comprised of professionals in writing and publishing. Entries can be pages from a completed (but unpublished) work, a work in progress, or something uniquely new just for WCCW. Here’s your chance to let your literary light shine!

Writing Contest Categories

MEMOIR
CHILDREN/YA
FICTION
POETRY
NONFICTION
BAD WRITING*

Please choose one category for your submission. One entry per person, (with the exception of the bad writing category) . Remember this is unpublished work. Please avoid explicit descriptions or language.

* Yes, we want you to write a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad story on purpose, but in a clever way. You can include story inconsistencies, tired clichés, appalling dialogue, plot issues, and the like. Anyone can enter this contest—even if you entered one of the other categories.

FORMAT

  • Please include your name, title, and word count at the top of your submission.

  • Submit as a Word doc. No PDFs.

  • Times New Roman, double-spaced, 12 pt font, with 1 inch margins.

  • Clearly mark which category you are entering.

  • Put “WCCW Writing Contest” in the subject line of your email.

WORD COUNT

Poetry or Bad Writing: up to 250 words

All other categories: up to 2500 words

Send your submission to:

contest@westcoastchristianwriters.com

Entry Submission Window: July 1 - Oct 11 

PRIZES

All winners will receive a certificate and digital group photo (if physically present), along with recognition on the WCCW website, social media, and press release.

 

Winners in each category will receive:

1st place – Goldie Awards trophy & other goodies 

2nd and 3rd place – Personalized Goldie Awards certificate


The Call Me Ishmael award is awarded to the entry with the best opening line.

The Best in Conference award is selected from the category winners. Recipients of this special award receive a certificate & FREE registration to the WCCW conference 2025, plus a free pitch session/consultation with a faculty member.

Goldie Awards

Each year, the West Coast Christian Writers recognizes outstanding contributions to Christian writing and publishing in the following categories:

AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

An outstanding author in the WCCW community, distinguished by excellence and innovation. This author must be published within the last 2 years.

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

An author who demonstrates the WCCW value for mentorship by supporting and encouraging other writers.

 

GOD'S WORD IS ALIVE

An author who has published an excellent Bible study, devotional, or book that brings the Bible to life in a unique way.

UNSUNG HERO

A writer who demonstrates selfless service to the Christian writing community.

PROMISING NEW WRITER

This “wild card” award for standout writing is selected based on faculty recommendations drawn from the Coaching & Critique appointments during the conference.

* You may not nominate yourself*

man and woman holding certificate
Award Nomination Form

Thanks for submitting!

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