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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.


2016 Winners Announced


See category pages for 2016 winners.
Checks and certificates are being processed and will be mailed soon.

2016 Winners to be Named


Decisions from our final judge are in. Stay tuned for 2016 winning titles later this week. Thank you for your patience.

2017 Contest is open for entries


We are currently accepting entries for all three 2017 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.  

2017 Rules are posted. Visit each page, or download the pdf of 2017 Rules for all three categories.


06/15/2017 SPECIAL NOTICE:

The founder/sponsor and all the judges have decided to take a much-needed hiatus. Nothing is wrong; all are well; we are taking a break to recharge our creative energies.

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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.