International Wizard of Oz Club Contests

Oz Contests 2018Submissions are invited for the 2018 International Wizard of Oz Club Annual Contests. Our goals are to encourage new writers and artists, and to explore a large range of Oz expression. Authors, researchers, and artists are invited to submit their work for consideration. Awards will be presented at OzCon International in Pomona, California, on August 11, 2018.

There is no entry fee. The three categories that will be judged are Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Art. All work must be related to the world of Oz. This means entries must be about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as originally created by author L. Frank Baum in the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and its sequels, Oz plays, Oz movies, Magic Land, or any other version or aspect of Oz. All work must be original and not previously published or exhibited in any form, including online and digital publication. Items may have already been accepted for publication to be released after the convention, but please send a separate copy to the contest.

Written Submissions (Oz Fiction & Oz Non-Fiction)

Oz Fiction is defined as any fictitious story about or pertaining to the Land of Oz as described above. Poetry and drama about Oz are also included in this category. Submissions must be appropriate for a family audience, like a G or PG rated movie. All stories must be self-contained, and the maximum length is 10,000 words. The Fred Otto Prize will be awarded as follows:

  • $100 First Prize
  • $50 Second Prize

No entry can win more than one prize.

Click this link to see an example of an Oz Fiction entry: Wizard RPS

Oz Non-Fiction is defined as any non-fiction article or essay about or pertaining to the Land of Oz. All stories must be self-contained, and the maximum length is 10,000 words, excluding notes, bibliographies, and other supplemental material. The C. Warren Hollister prize for Oz Non-Fiction will be awarded as follows:

  • $100 First Prize
  • $50 Second Prize

Fiction and Non-Fiction submissions should use standard manuscript style: double-spaced, 12-point type, one-inch margins, page numbers at top right. Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number at the top of the first page of each submission. Include the title at the top center of the first page and at the top left of every subsequent page.

Work should be submitted electronically in .pdf, .txt, .rtf, or .doc/.docx formats and will be accepted until July 1, 2018 at  Put the words “Oz Fiction” in the e-mail subject line for Oz Fiction submissions, and “Oz Non-Fiction” in the subject line for Oz Non-Fiction submissions. Hard copy may be submitted if needed, and should be mailed by June 15, 2018, to Jim Vander Noot, 1223 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

Oz Visual Arts Submissions

Oz Visual Arts are defined as any two- or three-dimensional original expression that is about or pertaining to the Land of Oz. Art can be in the form of, but is not limited to; drawings, paintings, sculptures, costuming, and crafts.

Artwork will be judged at the National Convention. Therefore all art submissions need to be either brought to or sent to the convention, or arrangements must be made by the artist to deliver pieces and, if needed, have them returned. Any portable form of art or craft work is acceptable, but costumes are only eligible for either this art contest or a costume contest (if held), not both.

If you wish to enter art for the contest, please inform us at and provide a description or electronic version by July 15, 2018. Put the words “Oz Artwork” in the e-mail subject line. Submissions by mail will be accepted until July 15, 2018, and should be shipped to Freddy Fogarty, 825 Lomita St., El Segundo, CA 90245. You may pick up art work in person at the end of the convention. If you desire return shipping, you must pay for postage, handling, and insurance in advance. Otherwise, your artwork will either be given away or discarded.

The prizes for Oz artwork will be awarded as follows:

  • $100 First Prize
  • $50 Second Prize

Automatic Submission to Oziana or The Baum Bugle

All Fiction and two-dimensional Art submissions will be submitted to the editor of Oziana, the Oz Club’s annual fiction anthology, for consideration for publication. Please note that Oziana can only print works directly pertaining to the Oz books of L. Frank Baum and his successors as Royal Historian of Oz, and works in the public domain. Decisions of the editor of Oziana are independent of this contest. Winning a prize will not guarantee publication, nor will non-winning entries be excluded from consideration.

All Non-Fiction submissions will be submitted to the editor of The Baum Bugle, the Oz Club’s journal, for consideration.

Prize Announcements

Prizes for all categories will be announced at Ozcon International in Pomona, California, on August 11, 2018. To enter and win you need not be present at the convention, nor a member of the Oz Club, though membership is encouraged. Winners not in attendance will be notified in the week following the convention, and prizes will be sent to the winners as soon as possible. To keep things fair, each winner will be limited to only one award in a category.

For further inquiries and questions, e-mail