Non-Fiction Contest 2015


Let’s Get Real…

As a literary category, non-fiction includes essays, stories of historical events and people, and other original writing of life’s events.
For this contest, non-fiction DOES NOT INCLUDE MEMOIR.



First prize: $100

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

Winners announced:

Sunday, February 14, 2016,
at the Redwood Writers general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel, Santa Rosa


Click here to read the WINNING STORIES and about the writers. 

Open the contest WINNERS FLIER


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, September 13
Close: December 15, 2015, at 9 p.m.


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Daniel Coshnear

Daniel Coshnear

Daniel Coshnear works at a group home, teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension, and is the author of two story collections: Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine 2001) and Occupy & Other Love Stories (Kelly’s Cove Press 2012). He has a new novella, Homesick, Redux, which can be found at


David Dodd

David Dodd

David Dodd is a collections manager for the Sonoma County Library. He is the author and editor of three books, and for many years, he wrote regular book reviews for Library Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is currently working on a new collection of essays. He lives in Petaluma with his wife and son, and his daughter is in college.


Armando Garcia-Davila

Armando Garcia-Davila

Armando Garcia-Davila’s published works include Out of My Heart/De Mi Corazon (1999), At the Edge of the River/Al Lado Del Rio (2001), and Profile–Poems and Short Stories (2014). His poems and short stories have been widely published in newspapers and magazines, as well as in union newsletters and Sunday pulpits. In 2002, he was chosen as the Healdsburg literary laureate.

Contest Chairman: WAIGHTS TAYLOR JR.

Waights Taylor

Waights Taylor

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 latest book and first novel–also an award winner–is the murder mystery Kiss of Salvation (2014). He is writing the second book in the murder mystery series with the working title, Touch of Redemption.


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.
  • 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 the piece. Please number your pages.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form (below) to submit your entry. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered. No online or self-published work is acceptable. Submissions must be complete stories.
  • Word count: Submissions can be a maximum of 2,500 words. If excerpted from a larger work, the piece must stand alone.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please write “Non-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].


Sorry, but this contest is now closed. Please check the Contests page for future contests.