Creative Writing Contest

The 16th Annual Periscope Creative Writing Contest

is now accepting submissions, learn how to enter below!


Deadline to enter: Monday, April 19, 2021

A big thank you to our co-sponsor Pro Libris Books!

How to Enter:

We LOVED the interest in our last writing contest. We look forward to awarding prizes and publishing YOUR submission in 2021.

To be considered, entries must be:

– Word or Pages documents sent electronically. We can not accept handwritten or PDF entries. 
If you do not have computer access, we will help you find access.

– Under 1750 words regardless of whether poetry, essay, or short story

– Have a title

– Original, unpublished works in English

Send us your entry:

Entries can be submitted via email as an electronic document (Word or Pages) or as a USB via mail. To be included, entries must be postmarked on or before Patriots Day, Monday, April 19, 2021 to:

Email (Word or Pages document only):

Mailing address (USB only)
Periscope Creative Writing Contest
Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center
2 Second Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Please include the author’s name, email and mailing addresses, phone number and secondary contact with your submission.


1st Place: $250   |   2nd Place: $125   |   3rd Place: $100

Periscope, an anthology of the winning and outstanding entries, chosen by our panel of judges, will be published in late spring 2021. Copies will be available for purchase at $5 each (check or money order) requested from the mailing address above.

All published entrants are invited to our 2021 Periscope Creative Writing Contest Awards in late spring or early summer 2021 at which time prize money will be presented. All published attendees will get a copy of the Periscope Creative Writing Contest chapbook. In 2020 we published over 20 pieces. This year is YOUR turn!

Other contest rules:

– Please no repeat submissions from previous years.

– We can only accept one entry per person. 

– There is no theme, entry fee, or purchase required to enter. 

– Contestants must be adult mental health consumers or in recovery from substance use and living in Maine. 

– Copyright of each entry remains the author’s property. 

– If you prefer anonymity, so indicate in your submission.