USBWA Best Writing Contest Rules


USBWA members can submit entries in the Best Writing Contest until Aug. 31.


  • Column Writing
  • Moderate-Length Feature
  • Magazine-Length Feature
  • Spot News/Game Coverage
  • Enterprise/Investigative

You must be an USBWA member in good standing to enter.

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2024. Entries sent after the deadline WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Limit: One (1) article per category, although a series of articles may be submitted in the enterprise category.

Entries must have appeared in print or on line between May 1, 2023 and April 30, 2024.

Entries must be submitted electronically to Entries not sent to this e-mail address will not be accepted.

Send MS Word or text files only. DO NOT SEND HTML files, Word Perfect files, stories in other word processing software or links to stories on the Internet or electronic libraries.

Make your entry easy to read by taking out unnecessary carriage returns (They can give your entry an odd look when opened by a judge’s word processing program).

Delete any embedded advertising, photos and cutlines from the files (The file should contain only your story and your identifying information).

At the top of each entry, the following information should be included:

  • Writer(s)
  • Publication or online service
  • Category
  • Date of publication
  • E-mail address and telephone number for the writer(s) of the entry.

The entries will be sorted and stripped of identifying information and forwarded to the judge(s).
Files containing your entries should follow this naming convention: yourname-category.doc
The category must be one of these five: Game, Moderate Feature, Magazine Feature, Enterprise or Column

Example: MalcolmMoran-game.doc.

Questions on the Best Writing Contest? E-mail Malcolm Moran at