Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WV Writers Contest Accepts Late Entries!

(This news courtesy George Lies WVW eNews)

West Virginia Writers 2009 Spring Writing Competition will accept late entries through Tuesday, March 31 for the annual Spring Writing Competition. WVW, Inc., the state's largest organization serving writers of all ages, will award $6,000+ in cash awards to adults and young
writers (Grades 1-12) in this writing competition. It is open to all WV state residents. If you live outside the state, you can enter simply by joining as a WVW member.

A WVW membership offers benefits including discounts off all West Virginia Writers' sponsored writing programs. TIP: WVW offers a big discount to any writer who enters this year's competition. Enter 3 manuscripts but send entry fees for only 2 entries (plus a $2 late fee for each, since these are late entries posted after March 15). Winners will be announced at WVW's Annual State Writers Conference, Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV at
http://www.wvwriters.org/conference.html

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORMS:
West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Writing Competition
West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Youth Writing Competition
GO TO - http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO:
West Virginia Writers, Inc., Steven Goff, Contest Administrator, Rt. 2,
Box 46, Salem, WV 26426. Check or money order for entry fees should be
made payable to West Virginia Writers, Inc.
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West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Writing Competition cash awards:
FIRST PLACE - $250.00
SECOND PLACE - $125.00
THIRD PLACE - $75.00

Adult Competition Category Descriptions:

#___Stage Play (All lengths) - Joe McCabe Memorial Playwriting Award.

Sponsored by Friends of Martinsburg Public Library and WVW.
#___Nonfiction (up to 5,000 words). Includes article, essay and
memoir.
#___Children*s Picture Books and Full-Length Books for youths to age
16. Submit 3 chapters or up to 5,000 words and a 1-page synopsis.
#___Humor (up to 5,000 words). Prose or poetry.
#___Appalachian Writing (up to 5,000 words). Prose or poetry.
#___Book Length Prose. Fiction or Non-Fiction. Submit up to 7,500
words and a 1-page synopsis. Book Length: $12 ENTRY FEE *
#___Long Poetry: Poetry 21 lines, maximum 4 pages in length; any form.
#___Short Poetry: Poetry 20 lines or shorter in length; any form.
#___Short Story: Fiction (up to 5,000 words).
#___Emerging Writers: Poetry. Any poetry form, any length up to 4
pages.
#___Emerging Writers: Prose (up to 5,000 words). Specify fiction or
nonfiction.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
Entry Form: Fill out and mail this form with your check or money
order.
Late Entry Deadline: March 31, 2009, add $2.00 fee for each
manuscript.
Questions? Email sgoff53@hotmail.com or call 304-782-3267.
Downloadable entry form and additional information is available at
http://www.wvwriters.org.
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SUMMARY:
Entries must be original work of the entrant and must comply with category descriptions, limitations and procedures. Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Annual Spring Competition are not eligible. Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2009, are not eligible. A work will be considered published if it has been printed in a publication with a distribution of 1000 or more, or if it has been published on a webpage that has received or could receive 1000 or more viewers annually. Emerging Writers Eligibility: Writers who have never won a cash award in this WVW Annual Competition AND who have not been published in a publication with a greater than 5000 circulation are eligible to enter this category. Eligibility: Entrant must be a West Virginia resident or a current member of West Virginia Writers, Inc.

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West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Youth Writing Competition
http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

CASH PRIZES IN EVERY CATEGORY
Elementary: Grades 1 - 5
Middle School: Grades 6 - 8
High School: Grades 9 - 12
FIRST PLACE - $100.00
SECOND PLACE - $50.00
THIRD PLACE - $25.00

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES
Entry Fees: A fee of $2.00 per entry must be submitted with the fully
complete entry form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Only one
entry form per student is necessary.

NOTE: Teachers may submit work from their entire class for a flat $25.00 fee. Schools may enter all their students for a flat $100.00 fee.

Late Entry Deadline: If mailed between March 16 and March 31, 2009, add $1.00 fee for each manuscript.

Eligibility: Entrant must be in grades 1 - 5 for the Elementary Competition, grades 6 - 8 for the Middle School Competition, or grades 9 - 12 for the High School Competition, and must either be a West Virginia resident or a current member of West Virginia Writers, Inc. Entries must be original work of the entrant. Works that have won a cash prize in any past WVW Annual Spring Competition are not eligible. Published works or those accepted for publication prior to January 1, 2009, are not eligible.

Guidelines: Send copies only. Manuscripts must be titled, typed in standard 12-point font on one side of 8.5 x 11 white paper. (A parent or teacher may type the entry.) Prose (fiction or nonfiction) must be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced. The work is limited to 2000
words. The author*s name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. The entry form should be paper-clipped to the manuscript.

Schools may combine entry forms in a single envelope with one check, although each student must have a separate entry form. Address

West Virginia Writers, Inc.
Steven Goff, Contest Administrator
Rt. 2, Box 46
Salem, WV 26426

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORMS: West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Writing
Competition and West Virginia Writers 2009 Annual Youth Writing
Competition
GO TO - http://www.wvwriters.org/contest.html

MAIL CONTEST ENTRIES TO: West Virginia Writers, Inc., Steven Goff, Contest Administrator, Rt. 2, Box 46, Salem, WV 26426. Check or money order for entry fees should be made payable to West Virginia Writers, Inc.

WVW MEMBERSHIP: Adult, $20.00; Student, $10.00; Youth (under age 18),
$5.00.

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