Category Archives: WVW Contest Frequently Asked Questions

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, or the "the end," but everything else is strict to the number.

Please like & share:

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.

Please like & share:

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  If I win a prize does my work still count as unpublished?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.

Please like & share:

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?

ANSWERMembership 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.)

 

Please like & share:

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.

Please like & share:

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #32

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 it permissible to re-enter a work that was rejected last year?

ANSWER:  You may certainly resubmit something from a previous year, provided it has never won a cash prize. There are different judges from year to year, so it can be a matter of a piece finding a receptive judicial home.

Please like & share:

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#35

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 a high school student, and I'm wondering if I enter the contest and place, can I enter again when I'm older for the adult contest?​

ANSWER:  You can certainly enter the adult contest later, but it would need to be with a piece that is not the one you won with in the NMV contest.  Once a piece has placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in either WVW contest, it is no longer eligible for future competition. Honorable mentions, however, can be resubmitted in the future.  And any piece you submit that does not place in NMV can certainly be submitted to the adult contest down the line, provided there's a category it fits into.

 

Please like & share:

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#34

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 would like to submit writing to one or more of the following categories: Emerging Writers Prose, Book Length Prose, Pearl S. Buck Writing for Social Change Award, and Appalachian Writing. Can copies of one writing sample be submitted to multiple categories (with entry fee for each submission)?

ANSWER: You are correct. A single piece may be submitted to multiple categories, with entry fees for each.  You do need to send a separate copy of the manuscript for each category it is being submitted to.

Please like & share:

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#33

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

QUESTION:  I would like to submit to the contest, but I have taken an online class from the judge of the category I want to submit to.  I've made lots of changes to the manuscript, but I'm afraid they still might recognize my work.  Should I still submit?

ANSWER: This is a tough one, but in this case we would recommend you do not submit if there is any possible chance a judge might be familiar with your work already.  The WV Writers contest is judged blindly, so that the judges are never provided the names of the authors whose work has been submitted to them.  The only possible way for them to know who has written a piece is if they recognize it as something they have read before.  We pick judges from out of state to help minimize the chances of this happening, but with prevalence of online writing workshops, the chances can increase.  For this reason, we give our judges strict instructions that if they recognize a piece of writing and realize the identity of its author, they are to disqualify that work from consideration.

If you think there is even a possibility that one of our judges might recognize your work, we ask that you save that work for submission next year when a different judge will be assigned to that category.

Please like & share:

WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #31

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: Do all of your entries have to be sent in at the same time? I'm considering entering the Book Length Prose category and have already sent in other entries.  

ANSWERYou don't have to send everything in at once. We've get multiple packages from individual writers throughout the contest acceptance period. Not a problem at all.

Please like & share: