SWG Spring Writing Contest

Springfield Writers’ Guild provides in-house writing contests three times a year. You must be a member to participate. The goal of these contests is to help writers hone their skills and provoke the imagination. SWG members select the winners by reading blind copies (no author given). Awards will be given at the April meeting.

The SWG spring literary contest runs from January – March 31.



  • Write a 750-word (or less) story or poem on the prompt: “The Key”
  • Any genre
  • The title does not count toward the word count
  • Do not put your name on the manuscript
  • Members only
  • Winners of the winter contest are ineligible
  • Deadline: March 31, 2023
  • Send as a .doc, .docx, .txt, or .odt to springfieldwritersguild@gmail.com

CASH PRIZES OF $75/1st prize – $50/2nd prize – $25/3rd prize and Honorable Mention

No picture is given so that your imagination soars! Is it a house key? Key to my heart? Locker key? Mysterious key found? Key to a treasure? A locket key? Some other kind of ‘key’?

So many options – so many stories to tell. Choose wisely! We look forward to reading your story!


Stories are added as they come in.

The Key
Prime Justice

About Springfield Writers' Guild

Springfield Writers' Guild was formed in 1943 to encourage new writers and hone the skills of the writing craft. The group meets every fourth Saturday of the month (except for December) at McAlister's Deli, 1711 W. Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri. Visitors are welcome.
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