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The Write On! program is an annual writing competition for residents of Delta County where the winners get published in the annual Write On! Anthology.  2015 marks the 8th annual competition.  Submissions are scored by masters students in the Western State University Gunnison’s Masters in Writing program.  The competition kicks off in November during NaNoWriMo ( with writing workshops with faculty from WSCU.  The competition culminates in the popular Write On! Anthology Reading event, where the published book is unveiled and top-scoring writers read their winning entries.The 2015 reading is scheduled for Friday, May 22.

Copies of prior year anthologies are on sale in the Blue Sage Gallery and available for check out in Delta County Libraries.

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How to Enter

All submissions must be made online through the Blue Sage website (form below) as a pdf document.  For assistance with online submission, please contact your local Delta County Library.

Registration & Submission Deadline

All registrations and submissions must be received by 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 20th.

Submission Guidelines & Rules

The competition is open to all ages, and writers can submit short works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Submissions are limited to one prose piece and 2 poems per contestant.  All submissions must be done electronically through the Blue Sage website.  One-on-one assistance with the electronic submission process is available by appointment at any Delta County Library.

Submission Formatting

Submission Formatting Guidelines:

  • Each entry must be a separate document.  If you submit one prose entry and two poems, you will submit 3 documents.
  • Text should be double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.
  • Prose entries are limited to 3,000 words.  Poetry entries are limited to 50 lines.
  • The author’s name must not appear on any page. Each page should identify the entry by title and genre only (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry or Youth).


The cost to enter the competition is $10 per prose entry, $3 per poem and $5 for youth.  The entry fee is used to subsidize the cost of the workshops, cover the cost of printing the book, and offset other administrative expenses.

The submission deadline for the Write On! Anthology has passed.

Here’s what judges will be asked to evaluate:

Fiction Submissions

  1. The story should engage and intrigue readers from almost the start and move steadily toward some conclusion (or hint of conclusion – it is, after all, limited to a short story).
  2. The story should develop no more than one or two characters well and focus on them throughout.
  3. The story should provide just enough setting detail to make the world believable, including references to multiple senses.
  4. Dialog should use consistent punctuation and strive to be conversational and realistic.
  5. Point of view should also be consistent and essential to the story told.

Creative Nonfiction Submissions

  1. The essay should try to capture a sense of storytelling through the voice and perspective of the author.
  2. The essay should have a clear direction and a point to make.
  3. The essay should tell a larger truth – even if based on the writer’s own experiences – that readers can relate to their own lives.
  4. The essay should provide enough detail so readers can see, hear, and care about the topic or individuals described.
  5. The essay should use mostly scene to share what’s most important, just enough summary to provide essential context, and enough reflection to support what the author wants readers to take away or think about.

Poetry Submissions

  1. The poem should challenge readers with a fresh perspective, avoiding trite or predictable responses to the subject matter.
  2. The poem should focus on fresh, crisp nouns and verbs, minimizing reliance on unnecessary adjectives and adverbs.
  3. The poem should use imagery and figurative language that reinforces why this is shared as a poem rather than a work of prose.
  4. The poem should find and use effective line breaks.
  5. Even if the poem doesn’t employ rhyme or meter, it poem should pay attention to the musicality of words and the rhythms of speech.

In addition to the above specific guidelines, all submissions should be carefully spell- and grammar-checked