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4th Annual Creative Writing Contest

We are pleased to host the 4th Annual Mineral Area Creative Writing Contest. The contest is open to two distinct groups from the MACOA service region which includes Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington Counties in the state of Missouri.  The first group is open to high school students who are in the 10th – 12th grades in the 2023-2024 academic year.  The second group will combine all other adults.  One winner will be chosen from each group in each of three categories: essay, poetry, and short story, for a total of six winners.

The theme for the 2021 Creative Writing Contest is TOMORROW.  All entries must relate to this theme.  Writers may use their imagination to integrate the theme, Tomorrow, in so many ways.  The first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word “tomorrow” is plans for tomorrow, hopes, and the future, but the ideas are limitless.  For example, we would love to read about Writers, let your imagination loose!

Official guidelines and the entry form can be found by clicking on the links below.  The six winning entries will receive a cash award and be given a public reading at Mineral Area College Fine Art Gallery next to the Theater on a TBD date.  Entries will be published on the MACOA website.  In addition to these six winning entries, one overall winner will be chosen.  The overall winner’s entry will additionally receive the honor of being published in the “Daily Journal”.

Entries will be accepted October 13 – December 8, 2023 by email at or by mail at MACOA, PO Box 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601.

This contest is made possible with financial assistance of the Missouri Arts Council and our generous community donors.

2023-2024 Creative Writing Contest Guidelines

2023-2024 Creative Writing Contest Entry Form