Welcome to the West Virginia Writers, Inc. contest submissions portal 


Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 2-Mar. 15, 2019, with a late submissions period between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2019. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline. 

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Find answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and downloadable forms at www.wvwriters.org/contest.html.


 


New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest - Elementary (Grades 1-5)

1ST PLACE - $ 100.00 • 2ND PLACE - $ 50.00 • 3RD PLACE - $ 25.00


Respond to one of the following prompts.

If I were the Mayor of my town….

(You have been elected Mayor of your town or city. How do you react? What is the first thing you will do to make it better?)

If you could time-travel to the past…

(If you could travel back in time, when would you want to live, who would you be, and what would you do?)

Who is your favorite sports hero…

(Tell us about your sports hero and what makes him/her special.) 

If you could time-travel to the future…

(If you could travel to the future what do you think the world would be like? Describe your city and what you do in it. )

Magical Powers….

(You have been granted three magical powers. What are they and how would you use them to help the world?)

Not Just a Story

(Which fictional character would you most like to share pizza with? What would you talk about?)

Your Own Original Idea: Write your own original story or poem. 


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 

• Each student may submit up to 3 entries. Each entry must be submitted separately. 

• This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

• Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page. Each entry is limited to 2000 words. 

• All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12- point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.)


ENTRY FEE: This contest has no entry fee. Late fees of $1 per entry, however, may apply after Mar. 16, 2020. 

DEADLINE: Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 31, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Entrant be a West Virginia resident. 
  • Entrant must be in grades 1 - 5 for the Elementary Competition, grades 6 - 8 for the Middle School Competition, or grades 9 - 12 for the High School Competition.
  • All entries must be the sole and original work of the entrant. (Note: A parent or teacher may type the entry.) 
  •  Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Competitions are not eligible.
  •  Published works or those accepted for publication prior to Jan. 1, 2020, are not eligible.
  •  A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1,000 or more, or if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1000 or more viewers annually. However, if less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished. 

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants, parents, or teachers may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.


WINNERS: There will be one set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each age group. The winners will be chosen from the best of all categories in each age group, as determined by the contest judge(s). Winners will be announced at the WV Writers Annual Conference Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020, at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV, and a full list of winners will be posted online following the event. 


If you would like to join us at the Banquet and/or for the Conference, please keep an eye on http://wvwriters.org/home/annual-writing-conference/ for updates.

New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest - Middle School (GRADES 6-8)

1ST PLACE - $ 100.00 • 2ND PLACE - $ 50.00 • 3RD PLACE - $ 25.00

Respond to one of the following prompts.

If I were the Mayor of my town….

(You have been elected Mayor of your town or city. How do you react? What is the first thing you will do to make it better?)

If you could time-travel to the past…

(If you could travel back in time, when would you want to live, who would you be, and what would you do?)

Who is your favorite sports hero…

(Tell us about your sports hero and what makes him/her special.) 

If you could time-travel to the future…

(If you could travel to the future what do you think the world would be like? Describe your city and what you do in it. )

Magical Powers….

(You have been granted three magical powers. What are they and how would you use them to help the world?)

Not Just a Story

(Which fictional character would you most like to share pizza with? What would you talk about?)

Your Own Original Idea: Write your own original story or poem. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 

• Each student may submit up to 3 entries. Each entry must be submitted separately.

• This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

• Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page. Each entry is limited to 2000 words. 

• All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12- point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.)


ENTRY FEE: This contest has no entry fee. Late fees of $1 per entry, however, may apply after Mar. 16, 2020. 


DEADLINE: Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1 - Mar. 31, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Entrant be a West Virginia resident. 
  • Entrant must be in grades 1 - 5 for the Elementary Competition, grades 6 - 8 for the Middle School Competition, or grades 9 - 12 for the High School Competition.
  • All entries must be the sole and original work of the entrant. (Note: A parent or teacher may type the entry.) 
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Competitions are not eligible.
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to Jan. 1, 2020, are not eligible.
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1,000 or more, or if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1000 or more viewers annually. However, if less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished. 

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants, parents, or teachers may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.


WINNERS: There will be one set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each age group. The winners will be chosen from the best of all categories in each age group, as determined by the contest judge(s). Winners will be announced at the WV Writers Annual Conference Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020, at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV, and a full list of winners will be posted online following the event. 


If you would like to join us at the Banquet and/or for the Conference, please keep an eye on http://wvwriters.org/home/annual-writing-conference/ for updates.

New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest: 

High School (GRADES 9-12)

1ST PLACE - $ 100.00 • 2ND PLACE - $ 50.00 • 3RD PLACE - $ 25.00

Respond to one of the following prompts.

If I were the Mayor of my town….

(You have been elected Mayor of your town or city. How do you react? What is the first thing you will do to make it better?)

If you could time-travel to the past…

(If you could travel back in time, when would you want to live, who would you be, and what would you do?)

Who is your favorite sports hero…

(Tell us about your sports hero and what makes him/her special.) 

If you could time-travel to the future…

(If you could travel to the future what do you think the world would be like? Describe your city and what you do in it. )

Magical Powers….

(You have been granted three magical powers. What are they and how would you use them to help the world?)

Not Just a Story

(Which fictional character would you most like to share pizza with? What would you talk about?)

Your Own Original Idea: Write your own original story or poem. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 

• Each student may submit up to 3 entries. Each entry must be submitted separately. 

• This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

• Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page. Each entry is limited to 2000 words. 

• All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12- point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.)


ENTRY FEE: This contest has no entry fee. Late fees of $1 per entry, however, may apply after Mar. 16, 2020. 

DEADLINE: Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 31, 2020. 

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Entrant be a West Virginia resident. 
  • Entrant must be in grades 1 - 5 for the Elementary Competition, grades 6 - 8 for the Middle School Competition, or grades 9 - 12 for the High School Competition.
  • All entries must be the sole and original work of the entrant. (Note: A parent or teacher may type the entry.) 
  •  Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Competitions are not eligible.
  •  Published works or those accepted for publication prior to Jan. 1, 2020, are not eligible.
  •  A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1,000 or more, or if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1000 or more viewers annually. However, if less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished. 

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants, parents, or teachers may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.

WINNERS: There will be one set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each age group. The winners will be chosen from the best of all categories in each age group, as determined by the contest judge(s). Winners will be announced at the WV Writers Annual Conference Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020, at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV, and a full list of winners will be posted online following the event. 

If you would like to join us at the Banquet and/or for the Conference, please keep an eye on http://wvwriters.org/home/annual-writing-conference/ for updates.

Submit poetry in any form, up to 20 lines.
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50
OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final. 


WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student under age 18 $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

Poetry in any form, more than 21 lines and up to four pages.
 

First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50
OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.
WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

Short Story: (Up to 5,000 words) Fiction.

First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50
OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.

 Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.
 

WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
    • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.


Nonfiction: (Up to 5,000 words)
Article, essay, or memoir.
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50
OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final. 


WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

LGBTQ - Late Submissions (March 16-March 31): (Up to 5,000 words)  Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story.

Any work related to LGBTQ issues or characters.  

First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES

Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully. 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See 

Late Entries below for more information. 

Entry fees are $10 per entry.

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.  

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable. 

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final. 

WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.   

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc. 
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit. 

Emerging Writers Prose: Fiction or Nonfiction (Up to 5,000 words).
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

WHAT IS AN "EMERGING WRITER"?: Writers who have never won a cash award in WVW Annual Competition AND who have not been published in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000 copies are eligible to enter this category.


OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category, genre (fiction or nonfiction), and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final. 


WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.
  • EMERGING WRITERS ELIGIBILITY: Writers who have never won a cash award in WVW Annual Competition AND who have not been published in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000 copies are eligible to enter this category.

Emerging Writers Poetry - The F. Ethan Fischer Memorial Poetry Award: Any poetry form. (Up to 5,000 words)  
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50
WHAT IS AN "EMERGING WRITER"?: Writers who have never won a cash award in WVW Annual Competition AND who have not been published in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000 copies are eligible to enter this category.


OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.
WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.
  • EMERGING WRITERS ELIGIBILITY: Writers who have never won a cash award in WVW Annual Competition AND who have not been published in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000 copies are eligible to enter this category.

Children’s Book: (Three chapters, or up to 5,000 words and a one-page synopsis)
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 
  • Picture Book/First Reader: Artwork may be included but will not be judged. Send only copies of art, not originals.

 
Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
 

Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2019, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final. 


WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
    • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

Social Change - The Pearl S. Buck Award (sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation): (Up to 5,000 words)
Nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, on a topic related to social change.
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.

 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

  Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.
WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:

 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.           
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 

     

  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.


Screenplay: The Joe McCabe Memorial Script Award.
Up to 30 pages in standard screenplay format. If full stage play is over 30 pages, include an additional one-page synopsis of entire play.
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

 OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.

 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

  Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $10 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.

 WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY: 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.           
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $20.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 

     

  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

Book Length Prose: (Up to 7,500 words and a 1-page synopsis.)

First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50
OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
Entry fees are $12 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.
WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 20120 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

Middle Grade Books/Young Adult Book: (Up to 7,500 words and a 1-page synopsis.)

First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES
Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.
 

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category, middle grade or fiction or nonfiction, and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

 Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31. See Late Entries below for more information.
 

Entry fees are $12 per entry.  

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.

Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.

WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

ELIGIBILITY:
 

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00.
       

     

  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2019, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit.

Speculative Fiction (Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Alternative reality) (Late Submission March 16-30)

Up to 30 pages. Any form.

First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50 

OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES Entries not following these guidelines will be rejected.  Please follow these rules carefully.  

  • This contest is blindly judged. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page.
  • All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.) 

Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2020.  Late entries will be accepted between Mar. 16 and Mar. 30. See Late Entries below for more information.

Entry fees are $12 per entry.

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 30, 2020, add $2.00 late fee per manuscript for the Annual Writing Contest or $1 per entry for the New Mountain Voices Student Contest. Submissions will not be accepted after the late entry deadline.     Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable. 

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification without refund of fees. Decisions of the judges are final.

WINNERS: Winners will be announced at WVW Contest Awards Banquet, June 13, 2020 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.     ELIGIBILITY:  

  • Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc.      
    • Current membership is required if submitter is not a resident of West Virginia: Gold $50; Silver $35; Adult $25.00; College $10.00; Student (under age 18) $5.00. 
  • Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. 
  • Adaptation of the work of another writer is not eligible.  
  • Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW competition are not eligible. 
  • Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2020, are not eligible. 
  • A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more; if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1,000 or more viewers annually; or if it has been independently published via a print-on-demand or eBook service. If less than 25 percent of the entry has been published, it will be considered unpublished.  
  • This contest has no eligibility age limit. 
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