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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. #5

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'm interested in entering a short story from a series that I'm writing, but although some are under 5,000 words my favorite one is just under 7,100 words.  Is there a category under which such a story could be entered... or am I just out of luck there?

ANSWER: I'm afraid this is indeed a situation where we don't have a category to fit the bill. When I used to enter, it was forever the bane of my existence that many of my own favorite stories were over the 5000 limit, too. The reason we have the limit is because of the number of entries we receive. For short stories, we average 100 entries per year, all of which have to be read by our judge. If even half the entries are at the 5000 word limit, that's a LOT of words for a judge to get through in the month and a half they will have. The 5000 word limit can still lead to a fairly overwhelming experience for the judge, but it is manageable.

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