QUESTION: If I submit a work to the contest (whether I win or not) will I be assigning/surrendering any aspect of my rights under copyright?
ANSWER: You retain full copyright of your work and the copy of the work you submit to the contest will be destroyed after judging. WV Writers has no ability to do anything with submitted work without permission of the author. Typically, every few years we do approach past winners to ask them if they will allow us to use their winning entries in one of our contest winner anthologies, but the winners control all aspects of use, including the right to say, "No, thank you." We have tossed around the idea of doing an online journal featuring winning entries, but this is likely a year off at earliest.