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About Art Affair 

Art Affair is a private organization sponsored by Barbara Shepherd to encourage writers of Poetry, Short Stories and, especially, Western Short Stories, to work at their trade and be recognized and rewarded for their efforts. To accomplish that goal, Art Affair holds three annual contests - one for poets, one for western short story writers and, beginning in 2007, a contest for general short fiction writers.

If you would like to enter these contests, visit the individual webpages for details and to view the lists of previous winners. See the Announcements section below to download the rules for all 3 categories.

Annual Writing Contest

Art Affair is the sponsor of the annual Poetry Contest, Short Story and Western Short Story Contests. We invite you to review contest rules and submit your poetry and short stories (general and western) to the appropriate contest.


2015 Winners to be Named


Judges' decisions are coming in. Stay tuned for winning titles later this week. Thank you.

2016 Contest is open for entries


We are currently accepting entries for all three 2016 categories (PoetryShort Story, and Western Short Story) and are pleased to announce that all of our contests are listed in Writer's Market and our poetry contest is included in Poet's Market.  

2016 Rules are posted. Visit each page, or download the pdf of 2016 Rules for all three categories.

2015 Contest Closed, Entries Submitted for Judging


The 2015 Contest has ended, and the entries have been submitted for review to the judging panel. Stay tuned for the list of Poetry, Short Story, and Western Short Story category winners.

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If you have a question or need to reach us for another reason, please write to: 

Art Affair
P.O. Box 54302
Oklahoma City, OK 73154

We will respond by mail, telephone or e-mail as soon as we can.