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Enter the 40th Annual SBWC Scholarship Contest – Best Opening


Dear Writers,

Enter the 40th Annual SBWC Scholarship Contest! Send us your BEST OPENING, up to 40 words — a beginning most likely to compel a reader to turn the page.

  • Email all entries to:
  • Please include contact information: name, phone number, email address, & mailing address
  • All genres welcome
  • This must be your original work, published or unpublished
  • Winner receives a tuition scholarship to the 40th Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and a signed copy of Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina
  • No entry fee
  • Contest Begins: Today!
  • Deadline: Friday, June 1st, Midnight (PST)
  • Winner Announced: Saturday, June 2nd

“I think your opening is enormously important. You’ve got to write a first line that will haunt you. It’s got to be magic.” – Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, and keynote speaker at SBWC 2012


Please share this opportunity with writers you know.



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