National Federation of the Blind Writing Contest


Friday, April 30, 2021


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Entry Fees

$15 for Member of the National Federation of the Blind Writer's Division, $20 for non-members.


First place--$75.00
Second Place--$50.00
Third Place--$25.00



*This contest is for everyone 18 years old, or older. One need not be blind to enter.

*We will consider only unpublished original entries. Please do not submit entries that have been published on a website or blog.

*Fiction and nonfiction categories can be of any main stream genre, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.

*Poetry: We will accept poetry of any length

*Authors of either poetry and/or prose are encouraged to submit multiple pieces.

*Adults are required to submit all poetry, fiction and nonfiction as attachments to an E-mail message.

*The attachments must be in either Microsoft Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf).

*Fiction and nonfiction should be written in a normal prose style, with paragraphs being left justified, lines being single spaced, and having a 14 point font of Aerial, regular.

* Be sure to double check your work for spelling and grammatical errors

*No hard copy submissions will be accepted.


Along with your entry or entries, include a cover letter providing the following information:

*Your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

*List the titles of all submissions, including the category in which they are being entered.

*State your method of payment for the entry fee (check or PayPal).

*Finally, the cover letter could be your e-mail message, or a separate document attached along with your submissions.


Adult Fees:

*The fee for each short story is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.

*The fee for each nonfiction entry is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.

*The base fee for poetry will cover up to three poems, if the combined line-count of all three pieces does not exceed 108 lines – additional poems require a second fee, following the same fee payment scheme. Base fees are $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.


*You may use PayPal from the Writers’ Division website,

*Alternatively, you may mail a check made out to NFB Writers’ Division, with a note in the memo line relating to the contest. Send to:

Shawn Jacobson

19541 Olney Mill Rd.

Olney, MD 20832.

*E-mail submissions should be sent to Shelley Alongi [email protected].

****We look forward to seeing your words. ****

Contact Information

Shawn Jacobson
19541 Olney Mill RD
Olney, MD 20832
Phone@ (301)915-5881
[email protected]

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