Ends on March 31, 2018

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

• 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, 2018.

DEADLINE: Online submissions will be accepted Jan. 1-Mar. 31, 2018.

  • 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, 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.
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 9, 2018, 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.
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