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This Year's Conference: July 19-21, 2013 - Registration is closed!

Contests & Opportunities

Mayborn National History Writing Contest: for high school and community college students

Know a high school or community college student who dreams of being published? How about in The Dallas Morning News? Winning students also get a free trip to the 2013 Mayborn Conference for themselves and a mentor! – Deadline extended to June 29! 


Mayborn Fellowship in Biography: for seasoned writers

Have you ever wanted to spend several weeks at a secluded vacation spot just to work on your biography? How about in the gorgeous Santa Fe foothills with one of the country’s most celebrated biographers as your mentor? Apply for a Mayborn Fellowship in Biography, and this could be a reality! Applications are available now. Deadline is June 8.


Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest

In an effort to foster narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across America, The Dallas Morning News is sponsoring a new writing contest conducted by the Mayborn Conference: The Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest. Deadline is June 1.


Mayborn Conference Writing Competitions: for seasoned writers

Conference attendees will once again have the opportunity to submit their best writing samples to the 9th annual Mayborn Writing Competition. Winners can win cash and prizes in three categories: personal essay, reported narrative and book manuscript. The winners of the writing contests are inducted each year into the two honorary societies of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. See the list of all writers inducted -- Mayborn Authors Guild and Ten Spurs SocietyDeadline is June 8.


Meet a Literary Agent or Several Agents at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Want to know more about getting published? You can do it at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. We offer two different opportunities to meet with literary agents. These sessions are not included in the registration fees for the conference.


Archer City Writers Workshop: for Mayborn students

JOUR 5740 and JOUR 4310, the summer course in Literary Journalism, begins with the Mayborn Conference and continues immediately after with the eight day Archer City Writers Workshop. Conducted by professor and writer-in-residence George Getschow, this course is to further develop the writing skills of UNT students in journalism and the graduate program of narrative journalism.


About Archer City

Everything you wanted to know about this small west Texas town, and why you should visit.