Writing Contest


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 Tempe Community Writing Contest

& Cover Design Contest 

a publication of creative writing from the Tempe community
Sponsored by Tempe Public Library and Arizona State University

Book Launch Event
Tempe Community Writing Contest - 2016


Tempe Community Writing Contest Book Launch

Wednesday, April 12
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Join us in congratulating the Writing Contest and Cover Contest winners. Hear the winners read from their winning entries. Get a chance to meet the judges, buy the new Tempe Writers Forum V.3 book and enjoy light refreshments.


The Tempe Community Writing Contest accepts submissions of original works of fiction, creative nonfiction (including memoirs and essays) or poetry for the Tempe Writer's Forum. The writings of high school students, college students, and adults will be represented.

Both contests are open to Tempe residents, Tempe Public Library Cardholders, high school students and ASU students.

Writing Contest entries are judged by members of ASU’s creative writing community.

Cover Contest entries are judged by members of ASU and Tempe Public Library graphic design departments.


Prior winners must wait three (3) years before being eligible to win again.


2018 Submission Guidelines

Writing Contest Submission Criteria:

  • Genres:
    • Poetry – a poem up to 100 lines
    • Fiction – a short story up to 3500 words
    • Creative Nonfiction – a work of creative nonfiction up to 3500 words (including essay, memoir, and literary journalism)
  • Categories – High School Student, College Student, Adult
  • Please double space, use 12 point Times New Roman font, and number the pages.
    IMPORTANT: Please do not include your name in the manuscript as entries will be read anonymously.

Cover Design Contest Specifications

  • 9.5”h x 6.5”w (vertical) color design. Please note that the journals will be spiral bound on the left. Take this into consideration when creating your design.
  • The cover design must include the following title, subtitle, volume, and date information:
    • Tempe Writers Forum (The title should fill 20% of the cover space)
    • Volume 4
    • April 2018
    • Writing From the Tempe Community
  • Submit as an EPS file (convert fonts to outlines and save as a legacy file for CS5) or high resolution JPEG, at least 300 ppi.
  • Copyright note: If art or photography is used on the cover design, it MUST be the original work of the entrant or entrant must have documented permission from the creator.

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2016 In Review

2016 Tempe Writers Forum V.2 Cover

Winning Entries:


  • ADULT: Meg Dobson - Big Horn Mountain Carnivores
  •  COLLEGE: Melissa Fulks - The Call of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
  •  HIGH SCHOOL: Olek Piechaczek - A Folded Friendship


  • ADULT: Sharon Suzuki-Martinez - In the Belly of the Phoenix
  •  COLLEGE: Elizabeth Meadows - Airplane
  •  HIGH SCHOOL: Ryley Sigmon - Shadows


  • ADULT: Hira Ismail - In Tune Out of Tune
  • COLLEGE: Isabella Amparan - The Summer of 2015


  • Freda W. Rothermel

downloadDownload a copy of Tempe Writers Forum V.2.

downloadDownload a copy of 2016 Honorable Mentions.

2015 In Review

Tempe Writers Forum V1 Cover


Winning Entries:


  • ADULT: Mark Sutz - Spare Parts
  • COLLEGE: Andrea Avery - In This Corner
  •  HIGH SCHOOL: Claire Newfeld - Jaywalking


  • ADULT: Mary Louise Kiernan Hagerdon - No Dwelling
  •  COLLEGE: Kyle J. Bassett - Rural Epicurean
  •  HIGH SCHOOL: Benjamin Shindel - Cosmonaut


  • ADULT: Katherine Cowley - Breastfeeding Mama
  • ADULT: Lori Basaldu - The Importance of 2 Pounds
  • COLLEGE: Andrea Avery - Something Else

downloadDownload a copy of Tempe Writers Forum V.1.

downloadDownload a copy of 2015 Honorable Mentions.


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