WV Writers
eNEWS - March 20, 2006

West Virginia Writers Competition Accepts Late Entries To March 31
More Below On:
-- Writing Competition Offers $6,300 in prizes.
-- The 2006 Spring WVW Competition Judges.


eNEWS Bulletin:
WV Literary Arts Fellowships Awarded

We have received word that the WV Department of Culture & History has made fellowship awards in Literary Arts for 2006. The Poetry winner is Tom Donlon, Jefferson County,  who won Honorable Mention in the WVW contest in 2001, for "Fishing". The Non Fiction Winner is Kevin Oderman, Monongalia County, a professor in WVU's creative writing program.


WV Writers Annual $6,300 Spring 2006 Competition:
West Virginia Writers will continue to accept entries for the 2006 Spring Writing Competition through March 31, 2006. The deadline is for all procrastinators. A late entry fee of $2.00 is required for each entry, added to the regular $8 entry fee. The competition has many categories: Regular categories; Young Writers categories, and Elementary and Middle School categories.

WVW Entry Form and Rules at the contest page of our website.  The March 31 is a postmark date. If you have contest questions, write to patsypittman@citynet.net .

Update on 2006 Contest Entries & Judges:
WVW has unveiled a new Non Fiction Book category this year but has received only 3 entries. This requires a synopsis and 3 chapters. Entries for other categories are coming in slowly but are brisk, including short story, poetry, humor, children's writing, non-fiction essays, Emerging Writers Poetry and Prose, and the Appalachian Theme category (poetry or prose). Also, we've got only a few novels, too. WVW has received 800+ contest entries. Of these, 130 are from Elementary and Middle School writers. First place in each category is $250.00. WVW, Inc. disburses all entry fees for cash awards, postage, administrative expenses.

JUDGES, Regular Categories:

-- KEITH MAILLARD (Novel) was born in Wheeling, W.Va., and his coming-of-age novels are frequently set in the fictional town of Raysburg, W.Va.  One of his many novels is Gloria.

-- TOM DOUGLASS  (Short Story) teaches Contemporary Literature at East Carolina University. He is the author of A Room Forever: the Life, Work and Letters of Breece D'J Pancake.

-- MARIAN HADDAD  (Long Poetry) lives in San Antonio, Texas. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, her poems and essays.

-- JOHN HOPPENTHALER (Short Poetry) is Assistant to author Toni Morrison. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review.

-- JOHN TEMPLE (Non Fiction-Book) is a professor of the WVU School of Journalism. His forthcoming book, Deadhouse, will be published by University of Mississippi Press.

-- JAMES CASTO (Non-Fiction Essay, Article) formerly with Herald Dispatch, Huntington, WV.

-- ED DAVIS (Very Short Story: Fiction) has taught writing, literature and humanities courses at Sinclair Community College since 1978. Author of the novels, I Was So Much Older Then.

-- IRENE McKINNEY (Emerging Writers, Poetry) is the West Virginia Poet Laureate. She teaches at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

-- RICHARD CURREY (Appalachia Theme) is the author of the novel Lost Highway.

-- JIMMY CARL HARRIS (Emerging Writers, Prose) lives to write in Birmingham, Ala. Former Marine Corps Sergeant Major, pub. in Confluence, the Louisville Review, Appalachian Heritage.

-- DEB DISANDRO (Humor) - is a syndicated columnist. Author of Tales of a Slightly Off Supermom: Fighting for Truth, Justice and Clean Underwear.

-- BRENDA SEABROOKE (Children's Books) is a prolific author who wrote Stonewolf which was nominated for the Top Ten Teen Award in 2005.

JUDGES, Young Writers:

-- MARY LUCILLE DeBERRY (Young Writers Poetry, G9-12), award-winning WV poet and former producer at WVPBS-TV.

-- CASEY LYNCH  (Young Writers Prose G9-12) a graduate of Marietta College and a teacher.

-- WILMA ACREE (Middle School, Prose and Poetry, G4-8) Editor of Confluence magazine.

-- JOAN STEWART (Elementary School, Prose and Poetry G1-4) writes children's stories.

Details on Judges: Request WVW Newsletter e-file by writing to tritt@wvadventures.net.

The contest is open to WV residents and to all WVW Members, regardless of residence. If you live outside of West Virginia, you may enter the competition by joining WVW, Inc. for only $20 per year. Add contest entry fee separately. Read rules on entry form.  Please use the OFFICIAL Entry Form at http://www.wvwriters.org/ .

WVW Membership:
Also, join the organization or renew your membership for 2006-07. Membership dues are only $20 per year. Your support keeps our organization alive and thriving. WVW Membership benefits are at http://www.wvwriters.org/join.html

Check the WVW website www.wvwriters.org for updates. Contest administrator Patsy Pittman may be contacted by telephone at 304-295-4738, by mail at 906 18th Street, Vienna, WV  26105, or by email to patsypittman@citynet.net

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