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2006 Heartland Writers Conference and Great Beginnings Writing Competition

General Info - Schedule - Speakers - Registration - Brochure/Forms (pdf)

Late-breaking conference news - Eric Raab, Jarrett Medlin, and Katharine Sands will not be able to speak at the conference due to scheduling conflicts. Dania Allen Wood, the Editor-in-Chief at Missouri Life Magazine, will be presenting a workshop, "Working with Editors," on Friday.

General Info

June 8-10, 2006 -
The Best Western Coach House Inn, I-55 Exit 67 at Sikeston, Missouri

REGISTRATION FEE - The conference is limited to 150 attendees. Early registration not only guarantees your attendance but also offers you an opportunity to save as much as $60. Fees and deadlines are:

  • $195 until April 15, 2006 - Writing Competition deadline
  • $220 until May 20, 2006 - General registration deadline
  • $255 thereafter if space is available

If you are entering the Great Beginnings Writing Competition, your manuscript(s) must accompany your conference registration. No one will be admitted to workshops or meals without a badge.

If you need further information, contact the Conference Attendee Liaison at (314) 631-1329 or information@heartlandwriters.org.

HOTEL INFORMATION - The Best Western Coach House Inn offers one- and two-bedroom suites at the following special rates (not including tax/surcharges): King Suite, one king bed, living room, bath, $65; Queen Suite, one bedroom with 2 queen beds, living room, bath, $75 two person, $5 for each extra person; Two-bedroom Suite, two bedrooms each with its own bath separated by living room. One bedroom has one king bed, the other bedroom has two double beds, $95 up to 6 persons. For reservations, call (573) 471-9700. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservations. Be sure to ask for the Heartland Writers Conference special rate. We urge you to reserve your room early. Alternate hotel rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express, which is within walking distance of the conference. Other nearby hotels include the Pear Tree Inn and Drury Inn.

DIRECTIONS - Sikeston, Missouri, is on Interstate 55 approximately 2 and 1/2 hours south of Saint Louis. We regret that Coach House Inn offers no airport shuttle service. If you need transportation from Lambert Airport in Saint Louis, BART (Bootheel Area Rapid Transit) shuttle service offers reasonable rates: (800) 284-2278. The Heartland Writers Conference assumes no responsibility for transportation of attendees.

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Great Beginnings Writing Competition

Entry Guidelines

To enter the writing competition you must attend the conference. Finalists will be announced during Saturday’s luncheon. Awards will be presented at the evening banquet on Saturday, June 10.

Deadline - April 15, 2006

Manuscripts MUST accompany your conference registration and be postmarked no later than April 15, 2006. Your work must not have been accepted for publication at time of submission. You may submit a maximum of three (3) entries. However, you may submit no more than two (2) entries in any one category. If you have been published in a category, you may NOT enter that category.


Manuscripts, synopses, and treatments must be doublespaced on plain white 20 or 24 lb. paper. Do NOT use a fancy font or small print. Examples of acceptable fonts are Courier, Courier New, Times New Roman or Times Roman. The font size should be no larger than 12 points and no smaller than 11 points. Screenplays must be in the appropriate screenplay format. Letter quality dot matrix print is acceptable in addition to inkjet or laser print.

Each SUBMISSION must include two (2) cover pages:

COVER PAGE #1 should contain:

  • TITLE of the work
  • The name of the CATEGORY being entered
  • Actual or anticipated length of completed manuscript (for book-length entries and screenplays only), and
  • The anticipated MARKET for the work (see examples at right)

COVER PAGE #2 should include:

  • All of the above information EXCEPT your name, address and telephone number.

Do NOT include your name on any page other than the first cover page. Entries are numbered and judged on merit relative to other submissions. Send entries loose-leaf. Do NOT bind in any way. Send TWO (2) COPIES of each submission. Retain your original copy. The CONTEST ENTRY FORM must be filled out in full and returned along with your manuscripts, entry fee, and conference registration form and fee. A $15 handling fee must accompany each manuscript entry.

FINALISTS will be judged by editors, agents or other professionals specializing in the respective category of writing.

PRIZES - First Place entries in each category will received an engraved plaque. Second Place entries will receive a certificate. Evaluation sheets will be returned to each entrant Saturday night after the banquet. Entries will NOT be returned.

PLEASE NOTE - Winning DOES NOT guarantee publication or representation. Any category that does not receive a sufficient number of entries may be consolidated with other categories.



Submit a synopsis that does not exceed seven doublespaced pages and the first chapter in one of these categories: 1) Mainstream/Single Title; 2) Mystery/Suspense; 3) Romance; 4) Genre Fiction (i.e., Adventure, Western, Sci Fi, Fantasy, etc); or 5) Juvenile/Young Adult.

Short Story

Submit a manuscript no longer than 2,500 words.

Children’s Picture Book

Submit entire manuscript.

Book-Length Nonfiction

Submit first chapter (any length) and a proposal that does not exceed seven pages.

Article-Length Nonfiction

Submit a manuscript no longer than 2,500 words.


Submit entire poem.


Submit a one-page treatment and the first 50 pages.

When stating the anticipated market for your work, be as specific as possible. i.e.: 1) Fiction - Romance - Silhouette Desire or Harlequin Temptation; 2) Fiction - Short Story; 3) Fiction - Genre Fiction - Western; 4) Nonfiction - Book - History.

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