Welcome to the Missouri Writers’ Guild

The Missouri Writers’ Guild is the statewide organization for professional writers in all genres.

Members of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and its chapters provide workshops, networking opportunities, market information, contests, and many other activities to assist writers in developing their careers.

The Guild holds an annual writing contest to honor the year’s finest writing by its members, chapter members, and conference attendees. And the winner is . . . click here for a list of our latest winners. Over the years, this popular contest has greatly expanded with cash prizes and certificates awarded in each category.

The annual writing conference gives writers the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers and to receive information on marketing, research, and writing techniques.

The Guild has many chapters throughout the state, providing regular opportunities to network with other writers, listen to presentations by successful writers, and learn more about the craft of writing. Look here to find info on other writing groups in Missouri, too.

Want to know what our members have written? Take a look at the links on the Books by Members menu section to see recently published books by MWG authors.

We invite you to join us and get inspired to write! We accept members who live anywhere in the world. Questions? Contact our President at president@missouriwritersguild.org.

Results of the 2021 Presidents Writers Contest

Walter Williams Award

First Place

The Potato Masher Murder by Gary Sosniecki

Second Place

Family Redefined: Childhood Reflections on the Impact of Divorce by Kimberly Ewertz

Third Place

Walk Your Path by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Show Me Your Best

First Place

Midnight Assassinations and Other Evildoings:

A Criminal History of Jasper County Mo by Larry Wood

Second Place

Fair Grove Home of the Wommack Mill by Marilyn Smith

Third Place

Just One Song by Lynn Stevens

Finalist

Tales of the Missouri Indians Dennis R. Edwards

Best Short Story

First Place

Skin Dowdy by Angela Yuriko Smith

Second Place

A Ruse for Romance   by Billie Holladay Skelley

Third Place

The Newspaper Carol Norma King

Finalist

To Build a Better Coffin by Fedora Amis

My Winning Entry by Marilyn Smith

A New Snoopy for Grandma Agnes by Annie Lisenby

Best Magazine Article

First Place

Potter Magic: Guiding Libraries in Pandemic Times by Angela Yuriko Smith

Second Place

From Asia to the Ozarks by Annie Lisenby

Third Place

Remember the flames by Billie Holladay Skelley

Finalist

The Potato Masher Murder by Gary Sosniecki

The Kent State Shootings by Larry Wood

A Hiking Life Jessica by Marie Baumgartner

Best Newspaper Article

A Tale or Two by Marilyn Smith

Best Newspaper Column

First Place

Davis Stars in Memorable Afternoon by Billie Holladay Skelley

Second Place

Brooder Houses Series (Parts 1,2,3) by Marilyn Smith

Third Place

An Ozark Girl’s Golf Odyssey by Lonnie Whitaker

Best Poem

First Place

Their Little Sister by Marilyn Smith

Second Place

Riding the Exhale by Angela Yuriko Smith

Third Place

Paternal Admiration by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Finalist

Harvesting Souls by Billie Holladay Skelley

Haiku by Larry Wood

Best Article or Essay on US Military History

First Place

The Terrible McWaters by Larry Wood

Second Place

Don’t Forget the Official Records in Your Search by Lynn Casssity

Best Fiction

First Place

Finding Wings (Chandler Sisters Novels) by Deborah Raney

Second Place

Knowing by Rachel Moore

Third Place

Desolation Run: A Road Raptors MC Novel No 1 by Larry Lovan

Finalist

Making Room at the Inn in Loves Pure Light (Christmas Novel Collection) by Deborah Raney

Pathway to Home (Book 3 of the Becker Family series) by Patricia Wahler

Moonblood by T.W. Fendley

Shadow’s Lament by Ryan Aussie Smith

Best Non-Fiction

First Place

Lover’s Leap Legands: From Sappho of Lesbos to Wah-Wah-Tee of Waco

byLeland & Crystal Payton

Second Place

Ordinarily Extraordinary by Patrick P. Long

Third Place

Tales from the Blue 2 by James B. King Jr.

Best Juvenile Work

Food for Thought by Billie Holladay Skelley

Best Children’s Picture Book

First Place

Blossom’s Wish by Lindsey Hobson

Second Place

Delmar the Dinky by Patricia Danna

Third Place

Mulligan Runs for Office by Lonnie Whitaker

Best Young Author Short Story

A Tale on a Cold Night          Amanda Vasquez