Category Archives: 2018 WVW Writing Contest

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #46

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

QUESTION:  For the poetry entries, does one poem equal one entry? In other words, if I enter five poems, I would send in $50.00?

ANSWER:  For Short Poetry, Long Poetry, and Emerging Writers Poetry, this is correct.  One poem per entry fee.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #45

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

QUESTION:  Regarding the Social Change (Pearl S. Buck Award), would it be appropriate to include a photo I took with a story?

ANSWER:  A photo would probably be fine to include provided it does not include images that could lead the judge to be able to identify you the author. So you should definitely not appear within it, nor, probably should anyone in your family. Chances aren't high that the judge would know anyone, but because the contest is blindly judge we like to remove all possibilities of that happening.

 

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #43

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

QUESTION: I was planning on entering into your student writing contest, but I have a quick question. The guidelines say that we can enter three pieces but I was just wondering if we could submit three entries for one prompt? For example, can I enter three stories that are all my own original stories?

ANSWER:  Yes, indeed!  Feel free to submit three original pieces even if they have nothing to do with the prompts we provide.  We're just interested in the best writing, not if people use our prompts. Just be sure to get them in soon, cause our first deadline is March 15.  After that we charge $1 per entry as a late fee.

 

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #42

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 won 1st Place last year in Emerging Writer's Poetry.  Can I submit to Emerging Writer's Prose this year?

ANSWER:  I'm afraid not.  Once you've won a cash prize in any WV Writers contest category, you have officially emerged and the Emerging Writers categories are forever off limits.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #41

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

QUESTION:  Is photography considered “artwork”. I want to make sure that if I submit photos within my stories, it won’t be disqualified.

ANSWER:  Photography would be considered artwork and would qualify if included.

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West Virginia Writers 2018 Writing Contests Now Open for Submissions

 

January 2, 2018 – West Virginia Writers, Inc., (WVW) is now accepting submissions for its annual writing competitions, offering $5075 in total cash prizes, including monetary awards specifically designated for students in elementary, middle, and high school through the New Mountain Voices Contest. For the first time, the organization will be accepting online submissions.

For the first time, the organization will be accepting online submissions. Dreama Pritt, WVW Contest Coordinator, is excited about the change.  “Online submissions will open opportunities for more writers,” she said. “We hope that the ease of submitting online will create incentive for younger writers and the technologically astute to participate.”

Eliot Parker, WVW President, agrees that allowing online entries is a positive change. “I think this is truly going to be transformative for our organization,” he said.

Since 1982, WV Writers has held an annual writing competition, accepting original, unpublished entries in a variety of themed writing categories.  In addition to several other options, traditional categories returning for the 2018 Contest include: Children’s Books, Middle Grade/Young Adult Books, Short Story, Short Nonfiction, Short Poetry, Long Poetry, Book Length Prose, as well as the Emerging Writers categories—one each for prose and poetry. (Unpublished writers who have never won a cash award in a WVW Annual Contest are eligible for the Emerging Writers awards.)

The Emerging Writers Poetry category is also the F. Ethan Fischer Memorial Poetry Award.  Fischer, who passed away in 2011, was an active member of WVW. His poetry can be found in his book Beached in the Hourglass and in the Wild Sweet Notes: 50 Years of West Virginia Poetry anthology. Submissions for this award can be poetry in any form, up to 5,000 words.

This year’s Joe McCabe Memorial Script Award will be awarded in the Screenplay category, for unproduced scripts for film or television.  McCabe was an award-winning playwright, whose scripts were performed on stages from New York to San Francisco.  Before his death in 2007, McCabe was a longtime WVW member who had served on the organization’s executive board.

Another ongoing award memorializes one of West Virginia’s best-known authors. For the past several years, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation in Hillsboro has sponsored The Pearl S. Buck Award for prose and poetry entries related to Social Change, inspired by Buck’s tradition of writing with the intent to encourage positive change in culture and society.

A returning category not featured for several years is the Mystery category, seeking unpublished mystery stories and manuscripts of up to 5000 words. The Humor category is also making a return appearance. Humorous writing may be fiction or nonfiction, up to 5000 words.

The WVW Annual Contest is open to all residents of West Virginia as well as to any member of WV Writers, Inc. residing outside of the state. The competition has a $10 fee for each entry, except for the Middle Grade/Young Adult Books and Book Length Prose categories, which are $12 for each entry.

The WV Writers Contest does not have an age limitation, but younger West Virginians may want to submit instead to the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, which is designed specifically for those who are under age 18.  Students may choose from six suggested writing topics or follow their own prompt for an original story or poem.   The student contest has three age group categories—for grades 1-5, 6-8, and 9-12—each of which will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded.  The New Mountain Voices Contest is free to enter and is open only to student residents of West Virginia.

Submissions for both contests are accepted from January 2 through March 15 (with a late deadline of March 31) and may be submitted online through Submittable at https://westvirginiawriters.submittable.com/submit. The organization accepts printed entries, as well.  Printable submission forms for mailing can be found online at wvwriters.org.

Winners will be announced June 9, 2018 at an awards ceremony during the 40th annual West Virginia Writers Conference, to be held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, W.Va.  All winners, including honorable mentions, will receive certificates suitable for framing, with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category.

For official contest entry forms, contest rules, list of contest judges, and the contest frequently asked questions list, please visit the contest webpage at wvwriters.org/contest.html, or email contest coordinator Dreama Pritt at wvwcontest@gmail.com.

 

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #40

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

QUESTION: For the New Mountain Voices contest, would it be okay if the entry was a little over the 2,000 word limit?  Like, say about 300 words or so over the limit? Or is it a strict limit?

ANSWER:  No, the contest has a strict word limit.  We don't count the title, the contest category and word count in the corner of the front page, nor the "the end," but everything in between is strict to the number.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #39

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

QUESTION: Will the judges pick a subset of the best Book-Length entries and then request the full manuscripts to complete the judging or do they make their decision solely on the submitted excerpts?

ANSWER:  No, the judge will base decisions solely on the excerpts and synopses.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #38

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

QUESTION:  I didn't seem to get the impression that you necessarily publish the winners of your contest.  If I win a prize does my work still count as unpublished? In other words, if I win will I only be able to try to sell it to a magazine as a reprint?

ANSWER:  We do not automatically publish the work of the winners of our contest.  We have published winners in the past in anthology collections, but only with the written permission of the author.  We do not retain copies of the winning entries--the judges destroy them one month after the winners are announced.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #37

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 entry form states that a current membership is required if not a resident of West Virginia.  I am now, and I always have been a West Virginia resident.  It is not clear as to whether WV residents must be members in order to enter the contest.  Is Membership in WV Writers required, to submit an entry?

ANSWER:  The contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc. Membership is not required to enter the contest provided the entrant is a resident of West Virginia.  The only time membership in the organization is required is when the entrant is a resident of another state.  (The origin of this particular rule is that until the early 2000s, only residents of West Virginia could enter the contest, regardless of whether or not they were members of WVW.  However, we had a number of former in-state members who moved to other states but still wished to be able to enter the contest.  In 2005 (if memory serves), we opened the contest to all residents of West Virginia and to non-residents who were members of WV Writers.)

 

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