Category Archives: 2018 WVW Writing Contest

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #50

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: If you won a cash prize for screenwriting in a previous year, can you enter this year with a new screenplay?

Answer:  Indeed you may.  The only categories that disallow previous winners from entering are the Emerging Writers categories, which are designed to be entered by new and unpublished writers.  (Once you've won an Emerging Writers award, you've officially emerged.)

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Contest Judge Rollout: Adam Booth (Humor Category)

Adam Booth

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

HUMOR Category judge Adam Booth's storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original voice, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. His telling appearances have included Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff (Alberta) Spoken Word program, multiple events in seventeen states, and collaborations with the West Virginia Dance Company, Goose Route Dance Company, Frederick Chorale, and Hagerstown Choral Arts Society. Equally at home as a teller and educator, his research and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, the National Academy of Medicine, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars and institute. His stories and recordings have been honored with two Parents' Choice Silver Honors, four Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the NSN's J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins. He teaches Appalachian studies at Shepherd University and is the founding director of the Speak Story Series. Adam is most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #48

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:  Your contest rules state that entries should be stapled or paperclipped. With the screenplay category, which accepts up to a 30-page sample, are writers able to submit a script that's conventionally bound, using metal brads to fasten three-hole-punched pages at top and bottom? Please let me know if the readers have a preference.

ANSWER:  The binding you write of would be just fine.  The WVW contest rules used to be real picky about the binding on screenplays, but larger manuscripts definitely need a bit more to them than a staple or a paperclip.  (In 2013, we received a full length screenplay sandwiched between two 8.5" x 11" planks of plywood and that clued us in to what might have caused binding problems in the past.  These days, brads or a slim clear document holder are happily accepted.

 

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#49

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:  My fellow writers in my writers group suggested I submit my two-act stage play. Do you have a category for the 2018 contest?

ANSWER:  Not in the 2018 contest.  We usually do stage plays every other year in a round robin fashion and 2018 is the year for the Screenplay Category, named in memory of Joe McCabe, a beloved script-writer from Martinsburg.

 

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #47

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 just received the information about the New Mountain Voices writing contest.  Can homeschool children participate?

ANSWER:  Absolutely.  We like home school as well as away-from-home school.

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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. #44

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 hope to send a poem for the contest previously published, but now I have added
a new, substantial quote below the title, before the poem starts. Is this permissible?

ANSWER:  I'm afraid if the poem has been previously published it would not qualify for the contest, even with an added quote.

 

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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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