Creative Writing Contest

1st Annual

Foothills Arts Council, Inc believes art should be accessible to everyone, which is why we continually develop programs to inspire our community. This year, we're launching the First Annual Inspired Creative Writing Contest to celebrate artistic inspirations and expressions in our local and neighboring communities.

Successful people often have a role model who inspired them to greatness. We'd like to know, what inspires you?

The word inspire may be traced back to the Latin inspirare, meaning "to breathe or blow into." Imagine blowing air over a low flame to make it grow. A story, poem or essay may be inspired by a true event, an imagined situation, a surprising memory, or something as simple as a fleeting sensory reaction.

The Inspired Creative Writing Contest is a writing competition where writers age 13 and over are asked to find and focus on something (or someone) that inspires them to create. Your entry may be about the actual source of inspiration, or you may choose to simply write once you are suitably inspired!

All winning entries will be included in our 2020 publication Inspired – An Anthology of Creative Writing, and each winner will receive two free copies. First place winners will be interviewed for a special feature in the Inspired publication.
First, second and third place winners in each category (fiction, nonfiction and poetry) will receive a certificate of recognition from the Foothills Arts Council.

Winners and guests will be invited to attend a special event at Amsterdam Free Library (date to be determined), a launch party for Inspired – An Anthology of Creative Writing. We'll celebrate with readings, book-signings and more.

How to Enter

Entries will be accepted from 12:01 am, Saturday, August 10, 2019 until 11:59 pm Friday, November 1, 2019.  Send us your entry by email or postal mail. Please include one cover sheet for each submission which includes: Title, Author, Address, Phone Number, Email Address. This will be for office use only and will not be given to the judges.

Email with subject line INSPIRED WRITING CONTEST. Include your entry by attachment in Word doc form.

Mail your entry to Foothills Arts Council Inc, PO Box 190, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Rules & Regulations

1. The contest is open to NY state residents only.

2. Writers age 13 and over are invited to enter. Under age 18 entries must be submitted with sponsorship by an adult age 18+.

3. Entries must be original. Work published previously in any copyrighted newspaper, magazine, book, website or other medium is ineligible.

4. Contestants may enter one work of fiction (not to exceed 3,000 words), one work of non-fiction (not to exceed 3,000 words), or up to three poems (not to exceed 3,000 words in total). A contestant may enter only ONE category.

5. No submissions will be returned.

6. Submissions will be judged by panels consisting of Foothills Arts Council members and directors. Judging and winner notifications will be completed by Saturday, December 19, 2019. Winners will be notified and announced at  as well as on our Facebook page (

7. All winners agree to publication in Foothills Arts Council's publication Inspired – An Anthology of Creative Writing, print and online editions, and on the Foothills Arts Council website.

8. The decisions of the judges are final. Submission indicates acceptance of all contest rules.

Contact Us with any questions about Foothills Arts Council's Inspired Creative Writing Contestor you may reach us with inquiries on Facebook at

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