Annual Manuscript Contests



Our main contest is open to conferees* registered for the 2017 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. It’s an excellent opportunity to pit your work against your peers and to win fantastic prizes, including a free 2018 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference (a $325 Value)!

All Manuscript Contest entries must be submitted by May 1, 2017. 

Deadline Extended to May 5th! 

Have you registered for the conference, and still want to enter?

Find out how by logging back into the event site, click on the “Already Registered” link, and enter your email address and your registration confirmation number!  You’ll find contest information in the “Other Important Stuff” tab!

Winners in each category will be announced at the PWC Awards ceremony held on

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 4:15 PM (friends and family welcome)

Please note, there is no guarantee that all three prizes will be awarded for each category.

Judges are not Workshop Leaders or PWC Board Members.

Contest Manuscripts will not be returned.  Entries that do not meet the submission criteria will be discarded.


1st place:

Free tuition for the following year’s Philadelphia Writers’ Conference**

2nd place:

50% tuition for the following year’s Philadelphia Writers’ Conference**

3rd place:

$40 Gift Certificate for use at Farley’s Bookstore

* Dinner only registrants are not eligible for the annual contest 

 ** Prize excludes dinner events and special workshops like Master Classes.

To enter our contests, first register for the conference and then go to the “CONTESTS” tab on the Registration site. (note, this link won’t work until you register for the conference)



Words on the Wall Contest

Philadelphia Writers' Conference - Words on the Wall

This contest is held on Friday and Saturday during the conference.  Participants can post one page entries in each of four categories:
Wall 1:  Any Complete Fiction
Wall 2:  Any Complete Poem
Wall 3:  Any complete op-ed, essay, or feature
Wall 4: Any genre inspired by the prompt included in your conference packet
Conferees may post ONE entry to each wall (if more than one entry is posted, all entries from that conferee will be removed). Entry to be completed on one page, with title.

There are no other length, spacing or typing restrictions. Whatever you can fit on that one page is eligible.

Name and address on reverse side only.

Winning entries from previous years’ contests are not eligible.

Prizes are determined by popular ballot and are announced during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday Afternoon.