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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #47

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 poetry entries, does one poem equal one entry? In other words, if I enter five poems, I would send in $50.00?

ANSWER:  For Short Poetry, Long Poetry, and Emerging Writers Poetry, this is correct.  One poem per entry fee.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #44

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.#12

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 always wrestle with the blurb, "a work will be considered published." If I had a story picked up for a literary anthology e-book, is that considered published? I seriously doubt they sold (or gave away) 1,000 copies.   Also, if I had a story picked up for an on-line journal is that considered published? There's soooo many these days.

ANSWER:  According to the rules of the contest (found on the entry form), in both of the instances you mention the work would be considered published. Mainly because even online publication is considered publication depending on the potential number of views a work might get.  Even with low circulation numbers for a given work, WVW has no way to verify those numbers.   Same for self-published books. They may not have 1000 in sales, but, again, WVW has no way to verify that.  If a self-published book or ebook is available on Amazon then there is an international potential for over 1000 people to have seen it.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q.#9

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 Short Poetry category has a limit of 20 lines or fewer. Does a "line" (in the count) consist of a new line no matter how short it is? Or does a sentence count as a line even if it extends on to the next line?

ANSWER: For lines of poetry, our interpretation is the number of actual lines of text on the page, regardless of length. (Spacing lines between paragraphs do not count, though.) Some might argue that the lines should refer to actual sentences even if those sentences crossed onto new lines.  Short poetry and Long poetry tend to get equal numbers of submissions, so there's little advantage to picking one over the other anyway.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #8

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:  Can I submit a collection of my poems?

ANSWER:  No.  While we did have Poetry Collection as a category last year, this year we do not. We offer categories that change from year to year and this was one of them last year.  The category will likely come around again in the future.

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