Penned- Annual Literary Contest

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fees for extra submissions

How do I pay for the extra submissions went I am sending the work electronically?

Alice Cecil more than 1 year ago

Payment of Fees

You can pay online via credit card or by check made payable to Kentucky Monthly and sent to Kay Vest, Kentucky Monthly, P.O. Box 559, Frankfort, KY 40602-0559. If paying by check, please be sure you write "For Literary Contest" in the memo line. more than 1 year ago

prize money

Is there prize money for winners or pay by word for publishing stories

Jean Kinsey more than 1 year ago

Prize Money

No, Jean, there is no prize money award for those literary works that are selected to be published. more than 1 year ago


What are the prizes for each category? Are there three winners in each category plus honorable mentions? Thanks.

Becky Kelley more than 1 year ago

Published Work

Hi, Becky. Thanks for your query. The are no prizes per se in Kentucky Monthly's literary contest other than the honor of having your work published in the magazine. There are generally from one to three nonfiction and/or fiction pieces published, along with several poems. It varies from year to year based on the amount of space available in the November issue. more than 1 year ago


I have a picture I want to include in a creative non-fiction entry. Is that ok?

Della more than 1 year ago

Photo WIth Creative Nonfiction Submission

Yes, that would be perfectly fine. Thanks for asking. more than 1 year ago

Corrected entry

I submitted my non-fiction entry forgetting to double-space it. I later re-submitted it with the corrected text. Will that cause any problem?

Allen Epling more than 1 year ago

Corrected entry query

No, it should be fine. Thanks for letting us know. more than 1 year ago

Submission Stuff

Not even one 1,600 word story?

Haley more than 1 year ago

Number of Words

Due to space limitations in the magazine, stories should not exceed 1,200 words. more than 1 year ago


Are stories for children ok?

Arlene more than 1 year ago


Stories for children are fine. more than 1 year ago


Would you accept excerpts of plays.

Fred Geross more than 1 year ago

Play query

Yes, submitting a play excerpt would be fine. more than 1 year ago

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