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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 CompetitionsTo see all of the questions, please click HERE.

QUESTION:  For the Pearl S. Buck Category, can one submit a manuscript of 20 poems (under 5,000 words) about social change, wherein each poem draws its inspiration from a singular experience in the life of the poet and, as a whole, speaks to social change?

ANSWER:   Typically in the contest, each submission is one poem or one prose piece per entry. However, in the topic categories, such as Pearl S. Buck, Appalachian, The Flood, or Inspirational, the rules of the contest as written do not necessarily disallow it.  The topic categories that accept prose or poetry just say "up to 5000 words, (prose or poetry)" which one could argue would not necessarily prevent multiple poems as part of an overall manuscript focused on a single topic.  One could also make the point that prose writers have up to 5000 words at their disposal, while most poems would come nowhere close to that word count.  As contest coordinator, I also just like the idea of a small group of poems that are dedicated to a single topic.  I think it would be good to try this out.

Without changing any rules, for 2017 the special topic categories of the West Virginia Writers Contest (such as Inspirational, Flood, Appalachian, and Pearl S. Buck) will also accept limited collections of poems that must be entirely about the topic for which they are submitted.  By "limited" here's what we're saying:

  • All poems within the manuscript submission must be on theme to the category.  These should not be poems that only loosely fit the theme, but poems which reinforce one another to speak directly toward the category's theme.
  • The word count for the manuscript of poems may not exceed the 5000 word limit of the category and that word count must be indicated below the category in the upper right corner of the first page, as in accordance with contest guidelines.
  • The entry fee to do this is the standard category entry fee of $10 per manuscript.
  • All poems within the submission must be previously unpublished, unless the previously published poems account for less than 25 percent of the whole (as in accordance with our eligibility rules as stated on the contest rules page of the entry form).
  • No poem within the collection can have previously won a prize from West Virginia Writers, Inc. (excluding honorable mentions).
  • Judges for those categories will be instructed that any collection submissions should be judged as a whole work and not by their individual parts; meaning if one or more of the poems is not up to the quality standards decided by the judges, that poem or poems may drag down the score for the whole.  So choose your words wisely.  Similarly, if a judge finds there are poems present which are off topic, that too may play a factor in their ranking of the work.
  • Submissions such as this should be stapled together and have an overall collection title.
  • Regular poetry-only categories of the contest (Short Poetry, Long Poetry, Emerging Writers Poetry) still allow only one individual poem per entry.
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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 CompetitionsTo see all of the questions, please click HERE.

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QUESTION:  If I write something for the contest am I able to look for somewhere to publish it before or afterward?

ANSWER:   As long as the piece was not published prior to January 2, 2017 you're welcome to submit it and immediately seek publication for it elsewhere.

 

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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:  Your rules ask for a synopsis of a children's book. If my book is entire in its entry form, does it require a synopsis?

ANSWER:   If your work is complete, you won't need a synopsis.  The synopsis requirement is mostly aimed at middle grade children's novels that might have to be excerpted.

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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:  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. #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:  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 Pearl Buck Contest: 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. #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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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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