Contest Judge Rollout: Tim Minear (Screenplay)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

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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.

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/

 

Judges List for 2018

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

 

Contest Judge Rollout: Yehudit Hannah (Short Story)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

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!

Contest Judge Rollout: Andria Amodt Ho (New Mountain Voices High School)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

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.

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

Contest Judge Rollout: Jerri Bell (Social Change)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

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.

 

Contest Judge Rollout: Michelle Buck Lipscomb (New Mountain Voices Elementary)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

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.

Contest Judge Rollout: Molly Fuller (Emerging Writers Poetry)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

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.

Contest Judge Rollout: Ron Houchin (Short Poetry)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Ron Houchin is a retired public school teacher in the Appalachian region of southernmost Ohio, taught for thirty years. Though raised on the remote banks of the Ohio River in Huntington, West Virginia, he has travelled throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Southwest Review, Appalachian Heritage, The New Orleans Review, and over two hundred other venues. He has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Grant for teachers of the arts, a tutorial fellowship to teach in a Dublin writing workshop, a poetry prize from Indiana University, as well as a book of the year award from the Appalachian Writers' Association. His poems have been featured on Verse Daily. He has published three collections with Salmon Poetry.

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