2017 Historical Fiction Contest



Due to the fires impacting our chapter's local counties, please note that the deadline for this contest has been extended to Wednesday, November 1.

In this particular genre, the plot is drawn from the writer's imagination but is true to life in some period of the past. The setting is usually the most important literary ingredient. Because the author is writing about a particular time in history, the information about the time period must be accurate, authentic, or both.

Write a compelling story set in a historical time period or setting. Characters and events can be real or fictionalized.


First prize: $100

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner receives a certificate.

Winners announced:

Sunday, December 10, 2017,

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

Winning stories will be published online.
The first-place story is published in winners' flier.



In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.


NOTE: Due to the fires, the deadline has been extended.

Open: Sunday, September 10, 2017
(New) Close: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 9 p.m.


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September 10, 2017

10 a.m. - noon

Flamingo Hotel
Garden Room

Redwood Writers




Darcey Rosenblatt

Darcey Rosenblatt

Workshop Instructor

Darcey Rosenblatt's debut historical novel, Lost Boys (Henry Holt for Young Readers), was released in August 2017. Based on historical events, this unforgettable and inspiring tale set in 1982 Iran is the story of 12-year-old Reza, torn from the only life he’d ever known and held captive as a prisoner of war. In the wake of a tragedy and at his mother’s urging, he decides to enlist in the Iranian army, assured by the authorities that he will achieve paradise should he die in service to his country. War does not bring the glory the boys of Iran have been promised, and Reza soon finds himself held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Iraq. Will Reza make it out alive? And if he does, will he even have a home to return to?

Darcey is a co-founder of the annual Better Books Workshop. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is represented by Erin Murphy of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.


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

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Submit as a PDF.
  • Wordcount: No more than 2,500 words.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher. (Self-published works are acceptable.)
  • Format: Manuscripts must be double-spaced and use 12-pointTimes New Roman font.
  • Number the pages, bottom right.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to "CWC Redwood," and write "Historical Fiction 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].




Lisa Abellera joined Kimberley Cameron and Associates in 2013 with a background in management, marketing, and finance. She earned her B.A. in Strategic Management from Dominican University of CA and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco. Lisa is seeking upmarket and literary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, literary horror, most speculative fiction except for paranormal fantasy, romance if an element or part of another genre, YA and middle grade fiction. She is especially looking for diverse stories and authors from underrepresented backgrounds.


Becca Lawton

Becca Lawton is a writer, fluvial geologist, and former Colorado River guide who has published in Aeon, Brevity, Hakai, Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, Undark, and many other journals. She is the author and co-author of seven books, including the San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area Bestseller Reading Water: Les-sons from the River. Her writing has won a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers, a WILLA for original softcover fiction, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, three Pushcart nominations, a Best American Science and Nature Writing nomination, and residencies at Hedgebrook, The Island Institute, and Playa.


Taylor, Waights

Waights Taylor Jr.’s first two books were non-fiction: Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic, (2008); and the award-winning Our Southern Home, (2011). His first novel, also an award winner, was the murder mystery Kiss of Salvation (2014). The second book in the murder mystery series was Touch of Redemption (2016). The third and final book in the series, Heed the Apocalypse, will published in 2017.



Dmitri Morningstar

Dmitri Morningstar is a ripe old hippie within a framework of gentility and good humor. During the 1960s and 70s, he produced folk concerts and worked tirelessly in the Peace movement. He is writing his memoir primarily to share some historical nonfiction with today’s young people; so they will know that through peaceful means, and even music, they can change the world and create a better one than what is before them today. He is also writing true stories of his Maine Coon cats.

Email questions and comments to [email protected]

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