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.