Monthly Writing Challenge 
(To Participate)

  Monthly Writing Challenge Guidelines:

1.   Only Valley Byliners members in good standing
       may participate.
2.   All entries must be unpublished, original pieces.
      No past entries should be re-submitted to the 
3.   Only one entry per participant accepted per 

4.   All entries must be family-friendly as per our
      collaboration with the Harlingen Public Library.
5.   All writing challenge entries should be submitted,        without the author's name, 

      to by 
      8:00 PM on Tuesday before the month’s regular


Entries will be e-mailed, WITHOUT the author's names, to all Byliners members to read and vote  by 8:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the month’s regular meeting. 


The winning author will receive:

  • a certificate from the Valley Byliners Organization in recognition of their winning entry.   

  • recognition on the Valley Byliners page, Writing Challenge Winning Entries.

All entries must adhere to each month’s specific genre and word limit.  

 Writing Challenge Line-up


The writing category for each month is:

         “Write in Any Genre of Your Choice,”       
                       including Poetry.


The writing category for the months of May and November, however, will ONLY be Poetry.


Maximum limit of words/lines are listed below for each month. Please, also, adhere to the contest guidelines.

            January........ 1,500 words

            February....... NO CONTEST

            March........... 4,000 words

            April............. 1,500 words

            May............... Poetry; 60 lines

            June............... 4,000 words

           August.......... 1,500 words

           September.... 4,000 words

           October......... 1,500 words

           November.... Poetry; 60 lines

            December..... 4,000 words


The Writing Challenge will change in August 2022 as follows:


    Category:  Prose

          Genre:  Any Genre

Word Limit:  1,500 Wordss


Category:  Poetry

     Genre:  Any Genre

       Lines:   60 lines


    Category:  Prose

          Genre:  Any Genre

Word Limit:  1,500 Words


Category:  Poetry

     Genre:  Any Genre

       Lines:   60 lines

DecemberWriter's Choice

  Category:  Prose 

                     1,500 Wordt Or

                     Poetry 60 lines

Genre:  Any Genre

Word Limit:  1,500 Words

           Lines:  60 Lines



1.  All submissions will be emailed to all Valley
     Byliners members for reviewon the Wednesday 
     before the meeting.

2.  Voting will be done by members in good
      standing and emailed to:


      by the Friday before the monthl meeting.

3.  Winner/s will be announced at the next Valley
      Byliners monthly meeting.

​          Writing Challenge Critique

Any author who wishes his or her entry to be critiqued must label his or her work “Critique Invited.”

Anyone wanting to critique an entry can send the critique to   

Each Byliners member can cast a vote by sending it to the e-mail address listed above.

Voting and critiques will be accepted until 10:00 PM Friday prior to the month’s regular meeting.

Voting and Critiques will be accepted until 10:00 P.M. Friday prior to the month’s regular meeting. Critiques will be forwarded to the authors on the following day.

       Critiquing is not mandatory and is at your discretion.