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Dreams Come True

An International Writing Competition and Award in Literature 

Deadline: September 30, 2021



To submit email your writing by midnight (PST) Thursday, September 30th.


The Santa Monica College Writers Club presents the 'Dreams Come True' an International Writing Competition and is now open for submissions. The deadline to submit is by September 30. 


September 30, 2021

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A Dreams Come True Award in Literature and publication in an anthology of student writing is given annually for a short story or poem. In addition, an Award in Innovation will be given to recognize an exceptional submission and a Dreams Come True Young Award to three exceptional secondary or primary student writers.

Submit a poem or up to 3,500 words of short story fiction. Pieces should be 12-pt. font in Times New Roman. A title page must accompany each entry stating genre (poetry or short story fiction), your name, contact information, name of school, academic level, and state or country.

Students worldwide are eligible. All entries must be accompanied by a signed copy of these Terms and Conditions. Visit the complete

guideline link here:


One copy of the book and/or magazine will be supplied to every awardee. Writers may enter more than once and as many as three poems or short stories may be submitted per entry. All genres and styles are welcome. Writers retain exclusive rights to their work. 

Additional Terms and Conditions

  • Entry or submission material must not (and entrants represent and warrant that it will not), violate or infringe any third-party copyright, trademark, trade dress, or other proprietary right of any entity or person (living or deceased), including but not limited to rights of privacy, publicity or portrayal in a false light.

  • All participants in the competition conduct themselves cordially and must remain respectful at all times toward competition staff, judges, and club members.

  • Entries must contain nothing obscene, libelous, or unlawful.

  • The Writers Club may make minor corrective edits to any entry in preparation for publication.

  • Decisions of the judges are final and may not be disputed.

  • Copyright in the entry resides with the author. Entrants grant the Santa Monica Community College District and its Writers Club an exclusive license to publish any entry in a Writers Club publication (print, electronic and online) for three months from the date of first publication, and thereafter a non-exclusive license indefinitely to publish in any Writers Club publication, whether in print or online.

  • These Terms and Conditions and all disputes, claims, actions, suits or other proceedings arising hereunder ("Disputes") will be governed by the substantive law of the State of California without regard to its conflicts of laws principles that might require a different result.  You consent to (i) the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of the State and Federal courts situated in Los Angeles, California for any Disputes and (ii) the exercise of personal jurisdiction by such courts and agree to waive any right to plead, claim or allege that California is an inconvenient forum.

  • You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold Santa Monica Community College District, Board of Trustees, officers, directors, student organizations, including its Writers Club, employees and agents harmless against any claims, demands, actions, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees), arising out of or relating to your (a) breach or violation of these Terms and Conditions, (b) infringement, misappropriation or any violation of the rights of any other party, and (c) violation or non-compliance with any applicable law, rule or regulation.

  • In connection with any awards ceremony or other event which you attend, either in person or through video, you  grant to the Santa Monica Community College District, the Associated Students of Santa Monica College, the Writers Club and their successors, assigns, affiliates, agents, and licensees (collectively “SMC Parties”) the irrevocable right to photograph you and to use, edit, reproduce, distribute, and/or display said photograph(s), and to use your name, likeness, and/or biographical and personal information, either alone or in connection with said photograph(s), for any educational or advertisement purposes, in any and all media or form of communication whether now existing or hereafter developed, including without limitation in all social media.  You hereby grant permission to the SMC Parties to edit, crop, or retouch such photograph(s). You acknowledge that you do not own the copyright(s) in the photograph(s) and that you waive all claims to or interest in said photograph(s), and further that you will make no claim against the SMC Parties with respect to any rights of publicity or privacy that may arise as a result of the use of said photograph(s) by the SMC Parties.

  • Entry in the competition is void where prohibited by law.

  • If you do not agree with any provision of these Terms and Conditions, you should not enter the competition.


  • Finalists are notified in October, after preliminary judging.

  • Final judging selects all winners for all categories.

  • Judges have the option to select work for special awards and honorable mentions.

  • These and all other entries will be considered for publication by the Writers Club SMC.

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