Spencertown Academy Arts Center announces the “Community Writes” winter writing contest. Selected fiction and non-fiction pieces will be published on the Academy website in March. The deadline for submissions is February 28.

“Our popular writing ‘contest’ is back. It is a competition only in the sense that we select the best submissions for publication on our website—there is no ranking involved,” says Jill Kalotay, Spencertown Academy board member and co-chair of the Festival of Books. “The Academy’s members and friends are a vibrant and talented community. We want to celebrate their creativity.”


  • One submission per person
  • Choose a category: fiction or non-fiction (essay, memoir)
  • 1500 words maximum
  • Submissions will be read and judged anonymously by a team of literary volunteers. If your piece is selected, you have the option of appearing anonymously.

To submit your work, please:

  • Send your entries (and questions) to story@spencertownacademy.org
  • Send your work as an attachment in an unlocked document format, such as Word
  • Identify your work as fiction or non-fiction, with a title
  • Include your name and phone number in the body of your email (not on the work)

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see www.spencertownacademy.org.

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