Betty Gabehart Prizes

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Due to Covid-19, we have extended the submission deadline for the Gabehart Prize to July 1. Winners will be notified no later than August 1, 2020.

Each year three emerging writer awards are presented by Kentucky Women Writers. The Betty Gabehart Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry recognize and support writers of exceptional talent who show potential for excellence in their literary endeavors. Winners receive:

  • $300 honorarium, which may be used to defray travel & lodging expenses for:
  • the opportunity to appear on stage to give a reading during the Kentucky Women Writers Conference on Sept. 17-20 in Lexington, and
  • full tuition support to attend the conference and enroll in one small-group writing workshop

Here are submission guidelines. You can submit online or by mail, as follows.

Online submission form

Mail-in form:
Download the entry form

Mail package with:

  • entry form
  • 2 copies of the work
  • $10 entry fee payable to KWWC

Please to:
Betty Gabehart Prize
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
232 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0344

Direct inquiries to: