West Virginia Writers

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Welcome to the West Virginia Writers contest submissions portal! We are excited to accept online entries for the first time. Check out this year’s categories, below.


Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 15, 2018. 

Mailed entries must be postmarked between Jan. 2 and Mar. 15, 2018. 

Late Entries: If submitted online or mailed between Mar. 16 and Mar. 31, 2018, 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. 

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West Virginia Writers, Inc. 2018 Annual Writing Contest 

(Information for the FREE Children's Writing Contest --New Mountain Voices--is below.)
First Place $200  •  Second Place $100  •  Third Place $50

2018 Categories:

  • Short Poetry: (Up to 20 lines) Poetry in any form.
  • Long Poetry: (More than 21 lines and up to four pages) Poetry in any form.
  • Short Story: (Up to 5,000 words) Fiction.
  • Nonfiction: (Up to 5,000 words) Article, essay, or memoir.
  • Topic—Humor: (5,000 words or fewer) Prose or poetry.
  • Topic—Mystery: (5,000 words or fewer) Mystery in prose short story format.
  •  Emerging Writers Prose: (Up to 5,000 words).  Specify fiction or nonfiction.
  • Emerging Writers Poetry: (Up to 5,000 words) The F. Ethan Fischer Memorial Poetry Award. Any poetry form.
  • Children’s Books—Picture Book/First Reader: (Three chapters, or up to 5,000 words and a one-page synopsis). Artwork may be included but will not be judged.  Send only copies of art, not originals.
  • Social Change: (Up to 5,000 words) The Pearl S. Buck Award (sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation). Nonfiction or poetry, on a topic related to social change. 
  • Screenplay: (Up to a 30-pages in standard screenplay format. If full screenplay is over 30 pages, send an additional one-page synopsis of whole screenplay.)  The Joe McCabe Memorial Script Award. 
  • Book Length Prose**: (Up to 7,500 words and a 1-page synopsis.) Specify fiction or nonfiction. 
  • Middle Grade Books/Young Adult Books**: (Up to 7,500 words and a 1-page synopsis.) Specify Middle Grade or Young Adult, as well as fiction or nonfiction.

 

OFFICIAL WRITING CONTEST RULES

Entry fees are $12 for Book Length and Middle Grade/YA Books and $10 per entry for all other categories. [Please note that all fees paid to the contest are non-refundable.]

ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc. 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, 2018, 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.  There is 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.

 

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West Virginia Writers, Inc. 2018 Annual Student Writing Contest: 

New Mountain Voices

NO ENTRY FEE!  IT’S FREE!

THREE AWARDS FOR EACH OF THREE AGE GROUPS:

1st place - $ 100.00  •  2nd place - $ 50.00  •  3rd PLACE - $ 25.00

  • Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
  • Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • High School (Grades 9-12)


 Choose to write about one or more of the following six prompts (or create your own):

  • “My Favorite Place” (Describe your favorite place. Why is it your favorite place? When were you there and/or when will you go back?)
  • “Rhyme Me Nots” (Write a poem that does not rhyme or that rhymes in unexpected ways, or write a short story with lines that rhyme.)
  • “Snowball” (Tell a “snowball” story! Maybe it is about a day off school, a snowball battle, a winter dance, or something else entirely. )
  • “Millennial” (What would your life be like if you were born one thousand years in the past or one thousand years in the future?)
  • “Change the World” (Our world or a fictional world has a big problem that needs fixing. Take a serious or humorous look at                    the problem-solving plan.)
  • “Mystery and Magic” (Get to the bottom of a mysterious happening, enter a magical realm, or combine the two!)

 

ELIGIBILITY: 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, and must be a West Virginia resident.  All entries must be original work of the entrant. 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, 2018, 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.

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). 

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR BOTH CONTESTS:

  • PREFERRED METHOD: Submit online at https://westvirginiawriters.submittable.com/submit.
  • 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.)
  • Mailed entries will also be accepted. Only one entry form per person is necessary.
    • Additional guidelines for mailed entries:
      • Please print on one side of 8.5” x 11” white paper. 
      • Please staple, paperclip, or binder clip entries.
      • Send copies only. Manuscripts will NOT be returned.
      • All paper submissions will be destroyed 30 days after the Awards Banquet.
      • Entries may be sent through regular mail only—NO signature-required mail will be accepted—with check or money order (if applicable) payable to West Virginia Writers, Inc.
      • DISCLAIMER: WVW, Inc., and Contest Coordinator are not responsible for manuscripts that are delayed, lost in the mail, mailed to the incorrect address, or damaged in delivery.
      • Mail to: 
        WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS, INC.
        Dreama Pritt, Contest Coordinator
        6543 Country Club Drive
        Huntington, WV 25705

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


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Send an email to the contest coordinator at wvwcontest@gmail.com.