Waukesha Writers Workshop

CONTEST OPEN January 1, 2017- April 17, 2017

Rules and Guidelines:



1. Essay – not to exceed 2,000 words

2. Article – not to exceed 2,000 words

3.  Nostalgia – not to exceed 1,500 words


4. Short Story – not to exceed 3,000 words (any genre)

5.  Poetry – Up to 4 poems.  Total for all 4 poems inclusive not to exceed 90 lines

Enter as many of the five categories as you wish, but only ONE entry in any one category.


Entry Fee:

  • Contest entrance is free to paid-up members of Waukesha Writer’s Workshop.
  • Nonmembers may either pay a $5.00 reading fee for EACH CATEGORY entered or opt to become a member by paying the annual dues of $15.00.
  • Make all checks payable for dues or reading fees to: Waukesha Writer’s Workshop.

Manuscript Preparation:

  • Entries must be typed on one side, only, of 8 1/2 by 11 inch white paper, double spaced with standard one-inch margins.
  • All single spaced non-poem entries will be disqualified.
  • Poems may be either double or single spaced.
  1. Top of the first page of the manuscript must contain
    • Title
    • Category
    • Page Number
    • Number of words or lines
  2. Each page of the manuscript must contain
    • Title
    • Page Number
  3. A Cover Sheet is needed for each entry including the following:
    • Title
    • Category
    • Name, address, and contact information of the writer

Do NOT put your name on the manuscript pages.
Paperclip the manuscript – DO NOT STAPLE.


  • Monday April 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the regular meeting of the Waukesha Writer’s Workshop atBrookfield Highland Senior Apartments, Community Room
    20825 George Hunt Circle
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • If you are unable to attend the April meeting, MAIL or DELIVER manuscript (s) to Mickey Burgermeister
    S69 W17349 Kirkwood Dr.
    Muskego, WI 53150

    • with check for dues or reading fee (s), to be received PRIOR to meeting date


In each Category –

  • First Prize       $25.00
  • Second Prize   $15.00
  • Third Prize      $10.00

If the judge/judges do not think the manuscripts merit awards, they are not obligated to select winners for each prize.  Judges to be announced.

Winners will be announced at the Waukesha Writer’s Workshop’s meeting on the 

  • Monday May, 15, 2017 and
  • notified by mail or email

If you have any questions, contact

Please Note:

Failure to follow ANY of the above guidelines will automatically disqualify your entry.


Essay –

1. Begins with a premise.
2. Cites examples and data supporting premise.
(allow reader to view issue or situation through author’s eyes)
3. Reveals author’s conclusion and an invites reader to reach same conclusion.
Author’s opinion. (Subjective – author personally involved)

Purpose: to convince

Article –

Nonfictional prose.

An idea is honed into a theme that becomes the precise subject.

Four part structure –

1. Lead (capture readers attention)
2. Theme paragraph
3. Body (develops the theme using quotes and anecdotes)
4. Conclusion (answers questions raised at beginning or summarizes main points)

Factual (objective – author not personally  involved, based upon research) –

Purpose: to inform

Nostalgia –

Relates personal experiences intended to evoke an emotional response.  Most effective if has universal appeal, focusing on commonly shared experiences. Author’s remembrances.

Purpose: to share life’s experiences