Win a Prize

Qualify for Magazine Prizes

Contributors to Veterans’ Voices receive $10 for every published story, poem or drawing. Photographers receive $5 for every published photograph. Published submissions also qualify for special prizes made possible by generous donors.  Each issue issue may award prizes 35-45 authors. A list of special prizes follows:


  • Elizabeth L Fontaine Memorial Award: Story expressing compassion and understanding  $75
  • Gladys Feld Helzberg Memorial Award: Best Poem $75
  • Margaret Sally Keach Memorial Award: Story or Poem about What Veterans’ Voices Means to Me  $75

STORIES — Fact or Fiction

  • Adult Learning Center Award: “Humor in the Face of Adversity” by Ed Goldsmith $15
  • David A. Adrews, Jr., Memorial Award: Prose reminiscing about learned values by Kathy Andrews $25
  • Walter H. Bockting Award: “As I Remember My Parents”  $25
  • Gladys M. Canty Memorial Award, by Northern Virginia Chapter 33, WAC Veterans Association $15
  • Catholic War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary Award, Washington, D.C.  $10
  • DAV, Arlington-Fairfax Chapter 10 Award: 1st Prize $60 2nd Prize $40
  • DAV, Ernestine Schumann-Heink Chapter 2: Military Service Award  1st prize $60 2nd Prize $40
  • DAV, Four Chaplains Memorial Chapter 108 Award: Editor’s Choice $25
  • DAVA, State Dept. of Kansas Award (2 Stories) Each $25
  • Dept. of Kansas, Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Award: Personal Story  $25
  • Daniel Goodman Memorial Award, by Ruth G. Waskey $25
  • Florence E. Kenny Award (Perpetual) $25
  • Pallas Athene Best Story Award, by National Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association (Perpetual) $25
  • WAC Veterans Association, Arizona Roadrunners Chapter 119 Award, written by a woman veteran $25


  • BVL Serving My Country: What it means to me award  $50
  • DAVA, Harry L. Herron Chapter 49 Award, Waynesville, Missouri: Editor’s Choice $25
  • DAVA, State Dept. of Florida Award $30
  • DAVA, State Dept. of Kansas Award (3 Poems) Each $25
  • Sally-Sue Hughes Memorial Award (3 Poems) Each $15
  • Milton Charles Jacobson Memorial Award, by Lillian Donner-Jacobson $10
  • Lt. Kalled Vern Kalled Memorial Award by Emily K. Lovell $10
  • Lt. Robert A. Rice (WW II Army Air Force) Memorial Award, $20
  • Women’s Overseas Service League Award, Kansas City Unit $10
  • WOSL Members’ Appreciation Award, by Doris Cobb: Editor’s Choice $15


  • Art Award, by DAV, Eugene P. Long Chapter 32, Albuquerque, New Mexico $25
  • Joseph Posik Award: Given to a veteran who encourages other hospitalized veterans to write.Medical center administrator nominates; publisher approves $50
  • In Memory of Our Women Veterans’ Award, by WAC Veterans’ Association,  Oveta Culp Hobby Chapter 61, Dallas: Editor’s Choice (Story or Poem) $30
  • WAC Veterans Association, Bay State Chapter 14 Award: Written by a woman veteran (Poem) $25
  • WOSL, Bay Area Award: Written by a woman veteran (Poem) $25


  • How My Disability Made Me a Better Person Award, by National Amputation Foundation and National Amputation Chapter 76, Disabled American Veterans (Story) $25
  • Capt. William W. Benn Memorial Award, by Stanley and Sydney Benn (Story, Perpetual) $25


  • McCullough Brothers (Four) Combat Infantryman’s Badge Award: Story written about combat experience by infantry or combat medical personnel. (Story, Perpetual) $50
  • National VFW Annual Award: Story about veterans’ hospital experiences — coping with hospitalization, recovery, rehabilitation, etc. (Story) $50
  • New York State VFW Ladies Auxiliaries Award: Uplifting theme about life in America (Story, Poem or Art) $50


  • DAVA 18, Byers, Moorehead & Glover Award: Editor’s Choice (Story) $25
  • Capt. William W. Benn Memorial Award, by Stanley and Sydney Benn (Poem, Perpetual) $25
  • James Grant Memorial Award, by Matthew Grant: Positive, uplifting theme (Story) $20
  • Larry Chambers Spirit Award: “How Meditation and/or Prayer Helped My Recovery” by Anthony J. Williams (Story or Poem) $50
  • WAC Veterans Association Award, Long Beach 57: Written by a woman veteran (Story) $25


Materials are accepted by the Veterans Voices Writing Project (VVWP) year round. Once the manuscripts are “checked in,” they are then forwarded to the VVWP volunteer editors. Only manuscripts that follow these submission guidelines will be considered for publication in Veterans’ Voices: