Two prizes of $500 each are awarded annually to a poet and a fiction writer from a select state. Each winner also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a reading and meet with writers, editors, publishers, and agents, as well as a monthlong residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. The 2017 contest is open to residents of Maine. Poets and fiction writers who have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying are eligible. Cynthia Cruz will judge in poetry, and Tania James will judge in fiction. Submit five copies of 7 to 10 pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of fiction by January 9, 2017. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Poets & Writers, Inc., Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004. Bonnie Rose Marcus, Contact.