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National Federation of the Blind Writing Contest


Thursday, April 30, 2020


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Entry Fees

$15 for NFB Writers Division members, $20 for non-members


First Place--$75
Second place-- $50
Third Place--$25


The annual adult writing contests sponsored by the NFB Writers’ Division will open January 1st and close April 30th for all aspiring writers whether blind, sighted or visually impaired.

Adult contest categories are: short Fiction, nonfiction including personal essay and memoir, and poetry.

Contest winners will receive cash and prizes up to $75 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.



*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*We will consider only unpublished original entries.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].

Contact Information

Shelly Alongi
[email protected].


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