Nebraska Writers Guild

Six Corners of Nebraska

A Nebraska 150 Commission Signature Event

Coming To Chadron, Norfolk, Bellevue, McCook

North Platte & Kimball

Click here to read more about the full programs!

For the Remaining Six Corners of Nebraska Writers Workshops at a Glance

(click here)

Poetry Contest

"The Life of a Fur Trader"

Poems can address any aspect of  "The Life of a Fur Trader" theme - 

historic, modern, professional, personal, their families, or their culture/society.

Sponsored by the Nebraska Writers Guild, the Department of English and Humanities at Chadron State College

and the Dawes County Travel Board

Entries must be submitted by

June 8th 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards and several Honorable Mentions

will be announced at the Chadron Fur Trader Days

at 2:00 pm in the gazebo at the Dawes County Courthouse

followed by 

Open Mic - Poetry Reading

(contestants will receive first priority)

Entries cost $5.00 per poem 

Up to three poems may be entered per poet

Send entries in pdf format to:


1st Prize - $150.00, 2nd Prize $75.00, 3rd Prize $25.00

Do not have to be present to win, but must be present to receive the cash award.

Contact  Wayne Anson for further questions at:


(308) 227-3221

Mail entry fees to:

Nebraska Writers Guild

642 North Broadwell Ave.

Grand Island, NE 68803


to pay electronically 

click here

Nebraska Writers Guild Memberships


If you are not a member, click here to join, we would love to have you!

Member renewals for 2017 are now overdue and 

those memberships will soon be suspended. 

Click here for late renewal! 


The following entities are sponsoring Nebraska Writers Guild activities during 2017:




A Non-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation, the Nebraska Writers Guild, Inc., is a professional association for writers of all disciplines, literary agents, educators, publishers, librarians, and youth who are interested in promoting the craft of writing in Nebraska. The organization offers aspiring writers, award winning authors, and everyone in between a network for improving their craft.

Founded in 1925, NWG is one of the oldest continuous writers' organizations in the country. It counts among its charter members Bess Streeter Aldrich, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, John G. Neihardt, Louise Pound, Mari Sandoz, and A.E. Sheldon (chair of the Nebraska State Historical Society). Residing in New York, Willa Cather was one of the first members to sign up. In its first year, two members of the guild were included in the Saturday Review of Literature's list of the ten writers most representative of American life. Yes, these are hallowed halls and we have incredible respect for our past ... and enthusiasm for our future.