2016 Prompt Contest

A thousand words…

Write a fiction story that is inspired by this “Highway through the Redwoods” photo by Tim May.
The connection between the story and the photo must be apparent to the judges.
The words “redwood” and “highway” must be somewhere in the story.


First prize:
$100 and a signed
photo by Tim May

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

Winners announced:

Sunday, December 11, 2016,
at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

Contest Flier:
Click here to download a copy of the contest announcement.


In addition to all Redwood Writers members,
the contest is open to residents of Sonoma,
Napa, Mendocino, Marin, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.


Submission dates:

Open: Sunday, August 14, 2016
Close: October 16, 2016, at 9 p.m.


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Marlene Cullen

Marlene Cullen is the founder of Writers Forum of Petaluma and the creator of Jumpstart Writing Workshops. She hosts The Write Spot Blog, a place for writers to share, and receive commentary and inspiration to keep writing. Both her workshops and blog provide essential elements for successful writing. Her short stories and essays have won numerous awards and have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and newspapers. www.TheWriteSpot.us


Lakin Kahn

Lakin Khan is an English instructor at Napa Valley College and the Fiction Director for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently completing a Master’s in English at Sonoma State University. Her poems, stories, and essays have been published in journals such as Zaum, The Dickens, Tiny Lights, Six Sentences, Significant Objects and the anthology, Zebulon Nights.


Jo-Anne Rosen

Jo-Anne Rosen’s fiction has appeared in The Florida Review, Summerset Review, and several other journals. A book designer in Petaluma, she also publishes an online literary journal at echapbook.com and is co-editor of the Sonoma County Literary Update (socolitupdate.com). Her stories have been performed by the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood, California, and Off the Page Readers Theater. What They Don’t Know is her first fiction collection. www.joannerosen.us.

Contest Chairwoman: JEANNE JUSAITIS

Jeanne Jusaitis

Jeanne Jusaitis

Jeanne Jusaitis, is the author of Journey to Anderswelt, and the award-winning Lilah Dill and the Magic Kit. Jeanne draws from her memories of growing up in Northern California, and her many years of teaching and traveling. Her poems and short stories can be found in the Vintage Voice anthologies. A memoir, “Liebestraum: A Daughter’s Reflection,” is published in Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother.

RedwoodHighway-jpgSubmit up to 1,000 words of a fictional story based on the provided prompt image. The connection between the story and the photo must be apparent to the judges. The words “redwood” and “highway” must be somewhere in the story. Any submission greater than 1,000 words WILL NOT BE READ.

Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your story submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher. (Self-published works are acceptable.) Submissions must be complete stories.
  • Format: Manuscripts must be double-spaced and use 12-point, Times or Times New Roman font in a Word document.
  • First Page: Center your title half way down, then begin your story. Please number your pages.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form (use link, below) to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Word count: Submissions can be a maximum of 1,000 words.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to “CWC Redwood,” and write “Prompt Contest” on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Questions should be addressed to: [email protected].

Click here to submit your Prompt Contest entry.

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