Our mission is to create a supportive and encouraging community where writers can inspire one another to become successful authors. NCW is comprised of novelists, journalists, memoirists, poets, screenwriters, bloggers, children's book writers, and many more. We embrace diversity regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or race as we believe our individual backgrounds, perspectives, and passions help us create the stories we tell.  We invite you to become a member of our community as you pursue your personal literary goals.

Do you offer writing classes and/or workshops? We'd love to hear from you! 

Because NCW is made up of writers of various genres, we like to offer a number of different classes and workshops from craft classes to marketing. 

Craft classes/workshops:

All types of fiction
Creative nonfiction (memoir, essays, magazine writing)
Children's writing

The business of writing:

Query letters, proposals, synopses
Social media
Publishing industry and the various options



Theme: RISE!

Description: NCW is excited to announce a new mixed-genre anthology exploring the concepts of change, renewal, and rebirth. When things change, we experience a variety of emotions—from anger and fear to courage and hope. There is struggle and strife, but also the opportunity to rise from the ashes and create, grow, and love. Whether your specialty is poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, take us through the good, the bad, and the ugly of change. 

You may submit: 

  • Short stories 
  • Narrative nonfiction/memoir 
  • Poetry

Entry fee (per submission): 

  • NCW Members: $5 (Member-only entry form accessible by logging into NCW website)
  • Non-NCW Members: $15 (open to the public via Submittable) 

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted March 1-May 1, 2019

Submission Guidelines:

  • Multiple submissions are allowed. A non-refundable entry fee will be charged for each submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your entry is published elsewhere before selection so we can remove it from the competition. 
  • Short stories and creative nonfiction/memoir submissions must be between 2,000-5,000 words.
  • Up to 3 poems may be submitted per entry. Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 total pages. 
  • All pages should be formatted using Times New Roman or similar font, 12 pt. font with 1” margins. Submissions should be a single .doc, .docx or .pdf file format. 
  • Sections of larger works are not allowed. Each submission must be complete on its own. 
  • All submissions must be original works and cannot have been published elsewhere. 
  • Blind submission: Your name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the submission, including in the file name. We will collect your contact information in the submission form. 
  • Please do no submit erotica, rape scenes, or gratuitous violence. Some sex, violence, and profanity is fine as long as it suits the story. It should not feel gratuitous or be included for shock value.

All publication decisions made by the selection committee are final

Rights & Compensation

  • We ask first rights. A year after publication, rights will revert to the author and you’ll be free to reprint your story as you see fit.
  • Authors selected for publication will receive a $50 payment per selected piece for their work, as well as two contributor copies once the publication is released for sale.
Northern Colorado Writers