Vidahlia Press and Publishing House Announces the Largest Writing Contest for Prisoners

Below is a message from Vidahlia Press and Publishing House.

Vidahlia Press & Publishing House announces its first literary contest for those incarcerated in federal, state, or county prison. Approximately 2,000 federal and state correctional facilities in the country are participating in the Contest. The Prison Writing Contest will offer prizes including one year tuition payment to an online or correspondence fine arts or creative writing program at a selected college to the first place winners. Submissions can be in any of the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction and Graphic Novels. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2014. Winners will be announced on May 17, 2014.

Historically, great works of literature have been produced while the authors were in prison including essays like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letters from a Birmingham Jail”, Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”, Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience, Nelson Mandela’s “Conversations with Myself”; novels like E.E. Cummings’ “The Enormous Room” and “In the Belly of the Beast” by Jack Abbott, among a few.

We are very excited about this one of a kind contest and hope you will be able to join us in supporting this event. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us via email We look forward to hearing from you and having your valued support.

Please see the attached documents for more details.