QUESTION: The entry form states that a current membership is required if not a resident of West Virginia. I am now, and I always have been a West Virginia resident. It is not clear as to whether WV residents must be members in order to enter the contest. Is Membership in WV Writers required, to submit an entry?
ANSWER: The contest is open to WV residents and current members of WVW, Inc. Membership is not required to enter the contest provided the entrant is a resident of West Virginia. The only time membership in the organization is required is when the entrant is a resident of another state. (The origin of this particular rule is that until the early 2000s, only residents of West Virginia could enter the contest, regardless of whether or not they were members of WVW. However, we had a number of former in-state members who moved to other states but still wished to be able to enter the contest. In 2005 (if memory serves), we opened the contest to all residents of West Virginia and to non-residents who were members of WV Writers.)