The following writing contest is exclusive to those registering for THREE-DAY or TWO-DAY of MWW 2020.

Manny Writing Contest

The Manny Awards have become a tradition at Midwest Writers Workshop. The contest offers cash awards and is designed to recognize works in progress in four categories: short fiction, novel, poetry and nonfiction. The Manny Writing Contest’s top winner receive will receive The R. Karl Largent Writing Award and a $200 cash award, made possible through Matthew V. Clemens and MWW. The award has been named in honor of long-time and popular committee member, R. Karl Largent. You may enter one category only. Entries are limited to the first 1,000 words (about 5 double-spaced pages) of a manuscript. Poems should be no more than three pages. Postmark no later than July 1, 2020. Judges reserve the right not to award a cash prize in a category that does not attract sufficient entries. There is no cost to enter the Manny Contest.

The Manny Awards are presented on Friday evening, July 24, 2020. You must be present to receive.

ALL MATERIALS should be appropriately labeled (i.e., LEFT CORNER: your name, address, phone, email; RIGHT CORNER: Manny Contest /name of category: long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, poetry). Mail manuscript to: Jama Bigger (Midwest Writers Workshop), 2106 N. Colson Drive, Muncie, IN 47304.

Standard Manuscript Format:

  • Send all manuscripts as Word document (.doc/.docx)
  • Font: Times Roman, Arial, or Courier, 12 point
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Paragraph indentation: 0.5 inches
  • Left justification; one space between sentences
  • First page: your name and contact information in the top left corner
  • Manuscript: double-spaced