Category Archives: 2016 WVW Writing Contest

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#36

Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions. To see all of the questions, please click HERE.

QUESTION:  The piece that I want to submit is just under 3000 words, and 5000 is the word limit. Is a smaller article going to be acceptable?

ANSWER:  Absolutely.  There's no minimum.  You could have a 100 word story and it would still be eligible.  We just have the ceiling of 5000 words for most prose categories.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #5

Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions. To see all of the questions, please click HERE.

QUESTION: I'm interested in entering a short story from a series that I'm writing, but although some are under 5,000 words my favorite one is just under 7,100 words.  Is there a category under which such a story could be entered... or am I just out of luck there?

ANSWER: I'm afraid this is indeed a situation where we don't have a category to fit the bill. When I used to enter, it was forever the bane of my existence that many of my own favorite stories were over the 5000 limit, too. The reason we have the limit is because of the number of entries we receive. For short stories, we average 100 entries per year, all of which have to be read by our judge. If even half the entries are at the 5000 word limit, that's a LOT of words for a judge to get through in the month and a half they will have. The 5000 word limit can still lead to a fairly overwhelming experience for the judge, but it is manageable.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #4

Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions.  To see all of the questions, please click HERE.

QUESTION:  I had a question concerning the book length prose category, and was hoping you could help me out. Is the submission supposed to be a 7500 word excerpt from a longer work, or a complete story that is simply longer than the submissions in other categories?

ANSWER: The 7500 word excerpt is to be from a book-length work (which, as THIS LINK shows, are typically over 80,000 words). The synopsis is there to provide an overview of the entire book-length story, but the 7500 words comes from within that larger work--though not necessarily the beginning of it.

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