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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #53

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:  A bit of concern here. I submitted three stories in Emerging Writers and Short Story categories. One of these I also submitted in the Mystery category and one in the Humor category. As you can probably guess, I am new to all this and when I read the guidelines for submissions, saw that, “All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced.” I wondered what “standard” font was, but my Word program defaults to “Calibri (Body)” and since it looked like that was the font of the guidelines themselves, I did not worry about it. However, I have been looking at publications to submit short stories (you can certainly guess that I am very new at this), and it appears from a couple on-line sources that Courier font, with underlining rather than italicizing. is considered the basic format for literary submissions.  Am I okay with my submission in Calibri with italicizations? If not, might I substitute the same stories re-formatted?

ANSWER:   You're safe with Calibri.  What we intend by "standard 12-point font" is to prevent submissions using odd and stylized font choices that might be difficult to read.  For instance, if someone submitted an entire manuscript in Edwardian Script cursive or Blackadder ITC, those would not be standard.  But basic, clean, readable serif or even sans serif fonts are fine. Calibri is what my word processor defaults to as well, but I prefer Times New Roman.  Either would be fine.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #52

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: Is there an address where one can send the submission fees? Don’t have a credit card or use of Pay-pal, but would like to enter several of the contests. How do I pay the fees?

ANSWER: If you enter the contest by mail, you can send a check for submission fees. Just download the contest entry form you need from our CONTEST PAGE (either the Adult Contest Form or New Mountain Voices Student Contest form) and follow the instructions.  The address to send submissions to is on each form. And the  forms are fillable, so you can type in all the info and print them out. Find them at... http://wvwriters.org/home/annual-writing-contest/

 

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #51

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 have a student interested in entering the Middle Grades Books/Young Adult Book contest, and is curious about whether she can submit a payment online or if she needs to send in a check?

ANSWER:  She can submit a payment online if she is entering via our online submission service Submittable. It’s an easy way to upload the submission and pay all at the same time. You can find the link to it at https://westvirginiawriters.submittable.com/submit. Otherwise you can submit a check along with the manuscript and contest entry form, via U.S. mail, with the contest entry form.http://wvwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2018-WVW_contest_entry_form-Final-Fillable.pdf

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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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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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