QUESTION: Would I qualify for the Emerging Writers category since my news articles have been published?
ANSWER: It kind of depends on how large the paper's circulation is. The rule is that you can't have won a cash prize in our contest before and you can't have been published in a publication with a circulation greater than 5000. Most city newspapers will have a print run of over 5000, but perhaps a small town paper would not. Check with the paper in question to find out. The other major factor in this is that even if the print run is below 5000, the piece being submitted must never have been published at all.