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Whatcom Writes Deadline

October 16

Whatcom Writes Annual Writing Challenge from Whatcom Reads:

Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by the Whatcom READS book each year.  Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology and contributors are invited to read at a public presentation.

The theme for 2023 is BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION, drawn from Jess Walters’ novel, The Cold Millions.

Entries received are judged on a rubric that includes originality, design and creativity, demonstrated writing skills, and appropriateness to contest theme. Whatcom READS will publish a print and electronic anthology of the top entries received.  People who submit top entries will be invited to make a public presentation of their work.


  • One entry per person, 1,500-word limit.
  • Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are welcome.
  • Entries are judged on their originality, design and creativity, demonstrated writing skill, and appropriateness to the contest theme.

How to Enter

  • Please submit your MS Word document via this google form.
  • Please include a short author bio (400 character max).  First or third person acceptable.


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