Donna Meredith’s award-winning books include The Glass Madonna, The Color of Lies, Wet Work, Fraccidental Death and Magic in the Mountains. A retired teacher and past president of the Tallahassee Writers Association, she holds degrees from Fairmont State, West Virginia University, and Nova Southeastern. She has presented numerous workshops on writing and literature for writers associations, libraries, and civic groups. She serves as associate editor of the Southern Literary Review.
Tim Minear is well known among genre television fans for his work on such shows as The X-Files, Angel, Dollhouse and Firefly. He has been with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story since its first installment, Murder House. Recently Tim served as co-showrunner on the first season of the critically acclaimed limited series Feud. Minear is currently working on Fox's 911 as both co-creator and showrunner.
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/
The following is the list of judges for the 2018 West Virginia Writers Writing Contests. Click on each linked judge name for their bio.
Book Length Prose - Donna Meredith
Emerging Writers Prose - Wendy Oleson
Emerging Writers Poetry - Molly Fuller
Social Change (PSB) - Jerri Bell
Children's Books - Jerrie Howard
Middle Grade/YA - Julia Watts
Humor - Adam Booth
Nonfiction - Kelly Sundberg
Mystery - Tamara Woods
Screenplay - Tim Minear
Short Poetry - Ron Houchin
Long Poetry - Jeff Mann
Short Story - Yehudit Hannah Cohn
NMV Elementary - Michelle Lipscomb
NMV Middle School - Sarah Lowther Hensley
NMV High School - Andria Amodt Ho
Yehudit Hannah (née Judith Ann) Cohn lived in several states before finding herself in West Virginia in 1989; she soon settled in, and called Charleston “home” for the next dozen years. In that time she participated at Temple B’nai Israel and B’nai Jacob Synagogue, was on the art crew for a Danny Boyd film, worked for Michael Lipton at Graffiti, and saw They Might Be Giants twice on Mountain Stage.
She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Humanities Studies: Storytelling from then-West Virginia Graduate College, under Dean Joyce East and mentor Denise Giardina, after which she taught English for then-West Virginia State College. Ms. Cohn is also a former Director and Professor of Humanities Studies at that institution, where she learned fascinating things from her students.
In the fall of 2000, since she left for a year’s sabbatical to participate in a post-graduate writing program, the Arad Arts Program with Amos Oz, she has lived in Jerusalem, Israel, where she continues to teach and write*.
*As she writes this, she has learned that an essay of hers was accepted for the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Slayage!
Andria Amodt Ho is a teacher librarian in San Antonio, Texas. She loves reading (YA lit. is the best!), crocheting, and desperately needs to get back to writing. This is only her second year as a librarian, and librarianship has brought many new interests her way, including coding, robotics, and lots of papercrafts. When she isn't busy in the library, you will probably find her on the computer working out details for new library programs, searching Pinterest for fresh ideas, or at a meeting planning one of several school district literary events. At home, it isn't unusual to find her curled up in a comfy chair with one of several crazy doggies spread out near her feet, binge watching a tv series she completely missed while finishing her master's degree.
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
Jerri Bell is the Managing Editor for O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. She retired from the Navy in 2008; her assignments included antisubmarine warfare in the Azores Islands, sea duty on USS Mount Whitney and HMS Sheffield, and attaché duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Her fiction has been published in a variety of journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; her nonfiction has been published in journals and newspapers, and on blogs. She and former Marine Tracy Crow are the co-authors of It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.
Michelle Buck Lipscomb was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and attended Mason County schools until the age of 15, when she and her family moved to Moultrie, Georgia. There, she went on to finish third in her class at Colquitt County High School. Ms. Lipscomb graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. She later received her Master’s Degree in education from Valdosta State University and obtained an endorsement to teach gifted and talented students. In her twenty-seven years as an educator, Ms. Lipscomb has taught fifth and third grades, as well as gifted and early-intervention classes. She was named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for Hahira Elementary in Lowndes County, Georgia. Ms. Lipscomb currently serves as the Instructional Coach at Hahira Elementary. She resides in Hahira, Georgia, and has three children, ages 17, 25 and 27.
Molly Fuller is the author of For Girls Forged by Lightning: Prose & Other Poems (All Nations Press), two chapbooks, The Neighborhood Psycho Dreams of Love (Cutty Wren Press) and Tender the Body (Spare Change Press). Her sequence Hold Your Breath was included in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (Marie Alexander/White Pine Press). Her prose poems and micro fictions have appeared in journals and anthologies including 94 Creations, 100 Word Story, Blue Earth Review, Crack the Spine, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Hot Metal Bridge, Kestrel, MadHatLit, NANO Fiction, The Oklahoma Review, Potomac, Quickly, and Union Station Magazine. She has been recognized as a Finalist for the Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Award and as a Semi-Finalist for The Florida Review’s Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award. Fuller is also the co-editor of the book Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers and co-editor at The Raymond Carver Review. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Literature program at Kent State University.