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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#17

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: Should the one-page synopsis be more like the "teaser" summaries that explain what a book is about without spoiling the ending or should it try to tell as much as possible about how the story ends?

ANSWER:  No, a synopsis should definitely spoil the ending.  For a synopsis you need to describe the entire plot of the book, in thumbnail form, in one page.  The judge has to be able to see the overall arc of the book's plot, which will help them see how the excerpt submission fits into that picture.  So spoil away!

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#16

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.

QUESTIONFor Book Length Prose, I know that the cover page must have the title, category and word count on it, but should the narrative also begin on the cover page or on the second page? Should any other "front matter" be included, such as dedications or attributions for quotations from public domain sources? Is the title and other front matter included in the word count? (My first chapter happens to be just under 5,000 words.)

ANSWER:  Cover pages are not necessary, though one would not count against you either.  Our standard formatting is to just put the category and word count at the top of the first page, leaving the title for just above the beginning of the text.  We would not encourage including dedications or attributions.  They just eat into your word limit and are not necessary to the judging process.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#13

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:  Am I correct that only the Book-Length/YA category considers works over 5,000 words? I wasn't sure about the Emerging Writers and Appalachian Writing categories. Do those categories consider 5,000 word excerpts of longer works?

ANSWER:  Yes, Book Length/YA considers works of over 5,000 words, but the specifics are that it accepts a 7,500 word excerpt with a 1 page synopsis.  The work itself may be 90,000 words, but we can only receive a 7,500 word excerpt for the contest, plus the synopsis of the entire story.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #4

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 had a question concerning the book length prose category, and was hoping you could help me out. Is the submission supposed to be a 7500 word excerpt from a longer work, or a complete story that is simply longer than the submissions in other categories?

ANSWER: The 7500 word excerpt is to be from a book-length work (which, as THIS LINK shows, are typically over 80,000 words). The synopsis is there to provide an overview of the entire book-length story, but the 7500 words comes from within that larger work--though not necessarily the beginning of it.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #2

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 am interested in submitting work for the writer's contest but I'm not sure how to proceed. I want to compete in the Book Length Prose category. The instructions say "send 7,500 words plus a one page synopsis."  Does that mean that I send the 1st portion of the book and then encapsulate the rest in a summary? I have never entered before and I want to get it right.

ANSWER:  We advise writers to send the 7500 words of their manuscript that they feel best exemplifies their work.  This may come from the beginning, middle, end, or a combination of passages from more than one of those.  However, when considering what to send, keep in mind that a judge might prefer a cohesive segment, rather than samples.   The synopsis must be included to show the judge the overall story.

 

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