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  If I win a prize does my work still count as unpublished?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

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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.

 

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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, and Social Change (Pearl S. Buck Award). 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.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #33

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. #32

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 but would not disqualify and entry if included.

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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:  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. #30

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 know if a teacher or parent is allowed to make edits and recommendations on a student's writings?

ANSWER:  Having an outside proofreader is a longstanding tradition for writers of all stripes.  Students may certainly let an adult read over their submission before sending it.  We would suggest that the adult may then offer editing and revision suggestions, but should explain the reasons for those suggestions as a teaching opportunity.  Then the student should be allowed to make those changes themselves.  This way they pick up grammar tips for the future, in addition to having a cleaner story or poem.

It goes without saying, however, that in no way should a parent do any of the writing themselves.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #29

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:  Does the word count include the title, or just the body of the piece of writing?

ANSWER:  Word count doesn't include the title.  Or "The End" in case you've added that.  It also doesn't include the category and word count number at the top right of the first page of your entry, so you can just count the bare bones of the story and write that number in for the word count.

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