Read the 2020 Wild Women ​winners here.

Wild Women Story Contest
(Spring/Summer issue)

Deadline: March 8 (International Women's Day) 
Release (updated): May 15th-ish

Grand Prize Winner
The Girl Who Visited the Alligator Queen 
by Couri Johnson

Honorable Mentions/Contributors

A Distant Home by Nan Jackson

​A Married Woman Walks into a Bar by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

A Selkie’s Tale by Hannah Yang

Ann, Without by Broderick Eaton

Beyond the Mountains by Mahalia Solages

Bone Memory by Melissa Min

Boxes That Won’t Fit by Heather Anderson

Bruised Ego Trip by Becky Jensen

Dust and Blood by Janet Ruth

Gretel’s Revenge by Sue Storts

Hooves at the Precipice by Jacqueline Sheehan

Inviting Her In by Peter Young

Maintenance by Kristina Van Sant

My Old Kentucky Home by Ellen Pauley Goff

On the Outside, Moving On by Nora Bonner

pretty by Sophia Slattery

Resurrection Mary by Kipling Knox

Saint Iriana, the Cow-Herder by Red Hawk

The Hunt by Anne Morales

 The Nature of Her Identity by Jude Rittenhouse 

The Obituary I Wish I’d Written by Brooke Herter James​

​To Auckland by Mellisa Pascale​

​​To Helen and River of AA by Lila Quinn

Too Big For My Britches by Sarah Kotchian

Untethered by Mary Kate Wilcox

Women Arise Now ~ Water to Fire by Genét Bosqué

2021 Semifinalists

​9 Bernards and 3 Brunos
​ by KC Willardson

​13 Months by Kelley Smith

​100 Tiny Exorcisms No. 67 by Stephanie Wright

​A Distant Home by Nan Jackson

​A Fine Romance by Angela Patten

​A Married Woman Walks into a Bar by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

​​A Selkie’s Tale by Hannah Yang

A Very Good Girl by Amanda Irene Rush

A Woman After Thirty by Mel Konner

About Rose by Matthew Meagher

Ann, Without by Broderick Eaton

apartment 401 by Julie Fitzpatrick

Apple Pie by AZ Pascoe

Artifice by Jean Wollam

At the Altar of the Voodoo Saint by Barbara Caver

Authorities by Paula Sergi

Being Yellow by Caroline Aung

Bereich 43 by Stephanie Wright

Beyond the Mountains by Mahalia Solages

Bone Memory by Melissa Min

Boxes That Won’t Fit by Heather Anderson

Bruised Ego Trip by Becky Jensen

Christina’s World by Donna DeLeo Bruno

Christmas in Boston by Maura Smith

Dancing by Janice Tuck Lively

Double Dare Ya by Amy Lee Lillard

Dust and Blood by Janet Ruth

Easy by Julie Fitzpatrick

Edge of Summer by Paula Lacey

Einan of the Glade by Lisa Fransson

EmLee by Jan B. Parker

Form by Anne Hampford

Gretel’s Revenge by Sue Storts

Hair by Chris McNally

Hooves at the Precipice by Jacqueline Sheehan

House Aria by Virginia Smith

How to Get Lost by Laura Girardeau

I Got the Fuck Out by Gloria Diaz

In Praise of Fearless Women by Grace Solomonoff

In the Tearing Wind by Susan Browne

Instincts by Chris Wiebe

Inviting Her In by Peter Young

Jupiter by Amy Galloway

Like No Other by Kelly Grey

Maintenance by Kristina Van Sant

#MeToo Trinity by Karen Heiken

Mine for the Taking by Maria Thompson

Monsters by Angela Cheveau

My Old Kentucky Home by Ellen Pauley Goff

Natural Death by Diane Goettel

Notes to My Love by Judy Frankel Stahl

Ode to my mother before daylight by Al Dennis

On the Outside, Moving On by Nora Bonner

One Night on a Lonely Road by G.G. Silverman

Pink Lip Stick Is Still Safe by Rachel Pfennig Hales

Politics in Women by Emily Price

Portal by Renata Golden

pretty by Sophia Slattery

Recovery by Nancy Buell

Resurrection Mary by Kipling Knox

Ride by Susan Wadds

Saint Iriana, the Cow-Herder by Red Hawk

Sanctuary by Koleen Lori Green

Sigil by Leslie Guardado

Smile by Ashli Bumgardner

So You May Sleep Again by Erin Cecilia Thomas

Solo Me by Lisa Hendershot

Sonnet for the Girls by Lisa St. John

Stage Directions by Paula Sergi

Tattoo by Lucy Griffith

The Beach by Teresa Sumpter

The Color of Snow by Ellen Cunningham

The Creative and Courageous You by Erin Marie

The Crone and the Matriarch by Karen Jo Bullock

The Dance Before the Tomb by Mary Rogers

The First Time I Was a Feminist by Aria Dominguez

The Girl Who Visited the Alligator Queen by Couri Johnson

The Happy Tree by Beverly Rose Joyce

The Horn of Africa Café by Susan Pearson

The Hunt by Anne Morales

 The Nature of Her Identity by Jude Rittenhouse 

The Obituary I Wish I’d Written by Brooke Herter James​

The Relative Truth by Susan E. Oringel​

​The Weight Problem by Ciara Miller

The Wild Finds Its Home by Cheyanne Blue Sitten​

The Wood of Secret Riches by Lisa Fransson​

To Auckland by Mellisa Pascale​

​​To Helen and River of AA by Lila Quinn

​To the Woman I Haven’t Hugged for Over a Year by Ashley Nagel

​Too Big For My Britches by Sarah Kotchian

Untethered by Mary Kate Wilcox

Women Arise Now ~ Water to Fire by Genét Bosqué

Contest Description

We are looking for empowering stories with female main characters (written by anyone) that celebrate the Wild Woman: women who are the heroines of their own lives. 

Rebellious, subversive, and untamed; maidens, mothers, and crones; Holy women, healers, explorers, artists, and teachers: the Wild Woman takes on many, many forms because every woman is different, and every woman is wild at heart.

We want stories about finding the wild, reclaiming the wild, experiencing the wild, being the wild. We especially love stories about the ways women use their power to create and shape the world, and stories about discovering—or remembering—this power in the first place.

These can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—as usual, if it tells a story, it fits!

Click here to return to the Guidelines page and to enter.

If we are not owning our power, it means someone else is. 
It means we have handed the controls to a third party—our partner, our boss, a parent, or society as a whole. 
The result is that we perpetuate a sense of ourselves as the victim, rather than the heroine, of our lives. . . . 
Victimhood is our cultural norm. It’s how women in the patriarchy are raised to feel. We have not been raised to believe 
we are the source of our own power, 
the determiners of our own emotional state. 
But in truth, that’s exactly who we are. 
​All it takes to know this, is to plug back into our radiance.

Regena Thomashauer, aka “Mama Gena”
The School of Womanly Arts


All around the world, women are stepping forward
to invite back their authentic, creative,
wonderfully unique selves.
We are shedding the old, faded clothes of war,
domination, competition, jealousy, and repression.
We are rising like the sun, shining big and bright as the full moon. We are saying yes to the power of fierce love, compassion, constant authenticity, and vulnerability.

​​—HeatherAsh Amara

Grand Prize
Eve: I Did It on Purpose by Melina Vanchieri
Honorable Mentions/Contributors
28 Days by Alyea Pierce
A Well-Cut Coat and Bright Smile by Patricia Schultheis
Choices by Pamela O’Hara
Climbing the (White) Ladder to Success by Leeanne R. Hay
Every Witch a Woman by Natasha Ayaz
Exonerves by Lisa Fransson
Femininity & Pleasure: Observations on Wingfire by Jessica Burdg
Free by Jacqueline Gryphon
Genesis by Yael Hacohen
Hercules by Anil Classen
I Want to Teach Camille by Jessica McDougald
In Love by Vlada Teper
on the day i shaved my head by Kaitlyn Zeran
Phoenix by Thea Swanson
Rewilding by Tracy Rose Stamper
Rice Wine and Blowdarts by Bonnie J. Morris
That Kiss by Sue Staats
The Day I Flew by Mariah Julio
The Renovation by Vanessa Park
Your Daughter Is a Full Moon by Sabrina Strand

Grand Prize

The Missing Jesus by Neta Harris

Honorable Mentions/Contributors
A Lingering Vision
 by Henry Heitmann​
After the Hunt by Gwyndolyn Neuwirth
An April Night by Vanessa Rowan Whitfield
At the Edge of the Earth by Kara Thompson
Bleeding Heart by Kesi Augustine
Bounced from Bunco by Nicole Tichon
Customs by Nancy T. McGlasson
Drama Queen by McKenzie Moser
Headline: Rival Gangs' Mothers Unite for Peace by Juley Harvey
How I Survived a Night with a Serial Killer by A. C. Bosco
How May Cracked Open the Universe by India Choquette
January 1 by Suzanne J Chick
Officer of Adaptation to Climate Change by Dean Gessie
Ornithology by Janet Hilliard-Osborn
Questions by Rachel Weaver
Revival by Kathleen Gerard
Shedding Skin by Erica Tolin
The Girl They Gave to Winter by Tina Blade
Truth or Consequences by Samantha Beaty
Woman Off the Grid by Sandy Lender

 The Nature of Her Identity” Jude Rittenhouse 

Stories let us empower others.

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