Just Buffalo Member’s Writing Contest & Reading

About the Contest

Winners will be announced at a special Members’ Reading on February 22, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Just Buffalo Writing Center. Two awards will be presented:

  • A Judge’s Award, selected by Eric Gansworth
  • An Audience Award, voted on by the audience present for the reading

Each winner will receive:

  • A $50 cash prize
  • A gift certificate from Talking Leaves Books
  • Publication in The Public
  • A certificate of recognition from Just Buffalo Literary Center

Guidelines for Entries

  • DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES is January 25, 2018.
  • One fiction submission per entrant. Submit one piece of fiction on any subject (up to 2,000 words). Submissions that exceed the word limit will be rejected with no refund of membership costs.
  • Do not put your name on the fiction itself. Judging is blind. Include a separate cover page that includes name, address, telephone and email.
  • Submissions should be Word documents (.doc or .docx format only). Please do not submit PDFs.
  • Submissions by non-members or lapsed members will be rejected unless annual membership ($40) is paid in full before contest deadline. If you are unsure of your membership status, write us at info@justbuffalo.org to find out.

Submit Your Entry

Submit your entry by email to submissions@justbuffalo.org by January 25, 2018. Please include “Contest Submission” in the subject line of your email.

About the Judge

Eric Gansworth, Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, is an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, raised at the Tuscarora Nation. He is a Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. In 2016, he was NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor of Native American Studies at Colgate University, and in 2017 he was selected for the Distingusihed Visiting Writers Series at Arizona State University’s Piper Center for Creative Writing. He was one of 15 writers chosen for LIT CITY, a public arts project celebrating Buffalo’s Literary Legacy.

His books include If I Ever Get Out of Here (YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults), Extra Indians (American Book Award), Mending Skins (PEN Oakland Award), and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function (NBCC Good Reads List). In 2014, he recorded the audiobook of If I Ever Get Out of Here. His next novel, Give Me Some Truth, will be published in 2018.

Gansworth is also a visual artist with numerous solo and group shows. His books generally feature integral visual art. His painting, From One Dance: Creation is on permanent exhibit at Canisius College and another, Cross-PollilNation, is currently on long term loan to the Iroquois Indian Museum.