Literary artists including bloggers, poets, short story writers, lyric songwriters, podcast and audiobook writers are invited to enter their works at the San Mateo County Fair’s sanctioned literary show. The contests are open to anyone, regardless of residence, but the deadline to enter is April 1 before midnight.

Contestants must be 16 years and older. Younger literary artists can participate in the youth exhibits division.

Through a partnership between the San Francisco Peninsula Writers and the San Mateo County Fair, the literary entries will be showcased in the fair’s Fine Arts Galleria, an 18,000 square-foot exhibit area, complete with a stage and seating for 125 guests. 

In addition to the literary contest division, other San Mateo County Fair contest divisions include agriculture, creative home arts, culinary, fine arts, floral arts, gardens and landscape, youth exhibits, youth livestock, horses and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Contest details, entry deadlines and the online entry process are at

The theme of the 2019 Fair is “Celebrating the Best of the Bay” and runs June 8 through June 16.

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