The 2018 San Miguel Writer's Conference Writing Contest is now OPEN for submissions.  

Submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and Spanish short story for a chance to attend the 13th annual San Miguel Writers' Conference free of charge.  Four writers will be awarded the entire five day “Full Conference Package” (Feb 14-18th 2018) as well as have their housing provided during the conference, and a chance to pitch to a literary agent. 

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017.

Eligibility, Contestants: The contest is open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published or self-published a book that has sold over 1,000 copies in the genre of application.  Faculty and administrators of the San Miguel Writers' Conference are not eligible to submit to the writing contest.  Previous winners of the writing contest cannot submit and win a second time. Note: For the new category of "International Short Story (Spanish)" submissions should be written predominantly in Spanish.

Eligibility Work: Work submitted must be unpublished.  Work may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere, but if it is published or accepted prior to the judging, it will be disqualified from the competition. 

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $30 must be paid for each submission. Note: For the new category of "International Short Story (Spanish)" the fee for this year has been set at $20 USD.

Submission Format: The submission and payment process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts will be accepted. 

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres.  However, each application must be complete with entry fee. Each submission must be uploaded separately.

Submission Limits and Format: Prose submissions should not exceed 4,000 words and must be double spaced. Prose  submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a  complete story or prose piece, so long as the length limit is adhered to. Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers. Submissions must be in the form of a .doc .docx .odt or .pdf.

Acknowledgments: Each applicant may follow the progress of his or her entry on the submittable site. Each applicant will be emailed the results of the contest, before the end of December, 2017.

Publication:  The San Miguel Writers’ Conference reserves the right to publish winning entries on their website.  Published entries will remain on the San Miguel Writers’ Conference website for a maximum of one year. Winners will be expected to forward a short bio and head shot to the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

The Award: “Full Conference Package” fee waivers, including housing, and one agent pitch session will be granted to one writer in each of the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and international Spanish short story. Transportation to San Miguel de Allende is not provided. The award is valid only for the specific year of the contest and may not be transferred or exchanged. 

Entry Withdraw: Submissions can be withdrawn from the contest at any time by signing into submittable and clicking withdraw next to the submission.  No refunds will be given for withdrawn submissions.

Special Note:  Writing contest participants are advised to register for the conference during the “Early Bard Registration Special” if they would like to receive this discount.  Winners of the “Writing Contest” who have already registered for the 2018 conference will receive a refunded of all monies paid.

Concurso Internacional de Cuento 2018 (Español)

Formato de Presentación: Las propuestas para el Concurso Internacional de Cuento deben ser predominantemente escritas en español y no deben exceder las 2.000 palabras. Pueden cargarse en los siguientes formatos: doc, docx, pdf, odt. 

Previamente no publicado: Los trabajos presentados debe ser inéditos. La obra puede ser presentada simult neamente en otro certamen o convocatoria, pero si es aceptada para su publicación en otro lugar, debe ser inmediatamente retirada de esta competencia.

Vigencia de la convocatoria: La medianoche del 1° de noviembre de 2017 es el plazo final para el envío de propuestas.

Cuota de inscripción: Un costo de recuperación de $20 dólares debe acompañar cada trabajo en prosa.

Cómo enviar: Sólo se aceptarán los trabajos enviados al sitio web Submittable. El proceso de presentación y pago es totalmente electrónico. No se aceptarán manuscritos en papel. 

Envíos a ciegas: Las propuestas se leerán " a ciegas". El nombre del autor(a) no debe aparecer en ninguna parte de la obra, incluidos los encabezados o pies de página.

Propuestas múltiples: Los solicitantes pueden enviar varias propuestas en uno o más géneros. Cada envío debe estar completo, debe cargarse por separado en el sitio web Submittable y debe ir acompañado de la cuota de inscripción correspondiente.

Resultados: Se notificará a los solicitantes de los resultados en diciembre de 2017. La decisión de los jueces es inapelable. Usted puede seguir el progreso de su envío en el sitio web Submittable.

Premio: Se otorgarán exenciones de honorarios para el "Paquete Completo” de la Conferencia, incluyendo el hospedaje, y una participación con un agente literario en cualquiera de los siguientes géneros: poesía, ficción, no ficción creativa. No se proporciona transporte a San Miguel de Allende. El premio es válido sólo para el año específico del concurso y no puede ser transferido o intercambiado.

Retiro de la propuesta: Los envíos pueden ser retirados del concurso en cualquier momento mediante la firma en submittable y haciendo clic en Retirar junto a la presentación. No se darán reembolsos por las presentaciones retiradas.

Problemas técnicos: Si tiene problemas para enviar su propuesta, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página y haga clic en "Technical Help" (Ayuda técnica). El personal de soporte de Submittable es muy útil si tiene problemas para subir o pagar en línea.

Nota especial: Se recomienda a los participantes en el Concurso de Escritura que se inscriban en la conferencia durante el "Early Bard Registration Special" si desean recibir este descuento. Los ganadores del Concurso de Escritura que se hayan inscrito para la Conferencia 2018 recibirán un reembolso de todos los fondos pagados.

¡Gracias por su participación y los mejores deseos! 

$30.00
Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.
$30.00
Submission Limits and Format: Fiction submissions should not exceed 4,000 words and must be double spaced. Fiction submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete piece, so long as the length limit is adhered to. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.
Submission Limits and Format: Creative nonfiction submissions should not exceed 4,000 words and must be double spaced. Nonfiction submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete piece, so long as the length limit is adhered to. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.
Formato de Presentación: Las propuestas para el Concurso Internacional de Cuento deben ser predominantemente escritas en español y no deben exceder las 2.000 palabras. Pueden cargarse en los siguientes formatos: doc, docx, pdf, odt. El nombre del autor no debe aparecer en ninguna parte de la obra, incluidos los encabezados o pies de página.

Submission Limits and Format: International Short Story submissions should be predominantly written in Spanish and should not exceed 2,000 words. They can be uploaded in the following formats: doc, docx, pdf, odt. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.