2022 Wyoming Writers, Inc. Writing Contest Guidelines

2022 WYOMING WRITERS, INC. WRITING CONTEST GUIDELINES

Eligibility: All writers at any level. Fee per entry: $15. Deadline March 15, 2022

Categories: Prose

  • Adult Fiction (3500-word limit; short fiction, novel segments, scripts with treatments; maximum of 3 entries; one fee per 3500-word entry.)

  • Flash Fiction: (800-word limit; maximum 3 stories per entry; maximum of 3 entries; one fee per 3-story entry.)

  • Fiction for Children and Young Adults (3500-word limit; maximum 3 entries; one fee per 3500-word entry.)

  • Non-fiction: (memoir, opinion/essay, creative non-fiction, historical monograph; 3500-word limit; maximum 3 entries; one fee per 3500-word entry.)

  • Screenwriting: (1-act structure or scene treatment, 10-page limit, maximum 3 entries, one fee per entry)

  • Playwriting: (1-act structure or scene treatment, 10-page limit, maximum 3 entries, one fee per entry.)


Categories: Poetry

  • Traditional poetry (i.e., formal, regular meter, rhymed, etc. The poet is asked to specify the form of each poem: i.e. sonnet, limerick, ballad, ode, haiku, etc.) An entry may consist of a maximum of 3 distinct poems, 40 lines maximum per poem. Do not print more than 1 poem per page. One fee per entry; one entry per poet.

  • Free verse poetry: An entry may consist of a maximum of 3 distinct poems, 40 lines maximum per poem. Do not print more than 1 poem per page. One fee per entry; one entry per poet.



Fees:$15 per entry, per category.

Non-members welcome! Add $20 to any entry fee for an introductory one-year membership to Wyoming Writers, Inc.

WYOMING RESIDENCE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MEMBERSHIP

IN WYOMING WRITERS, INC.

Awards/Prizes:

  • First Place (all categories) $75

  • Second Place (all categories) $50

  • Third Place (all categories) $25

  • Wyoming Writers, Inc. retains the right not to award all prizes.

  • The number of Honorable mentions, if any, are at the judges’ discretion.

  • Winners’ certificates and prize money will be awarded at the Wyoming Writers Inc. Annual Conference on June 3-5, 2022. Winners unable to attend will be mailed award payments and certificates following the Conference.

  • Winners will receive a citation (Author, title, category) in WYO-Writer Newsletter and on the Wyoming Writers, Inc. website. Winners may be asked to submit an optional excerpt, bio, or other material for publication.


Guidelines:

  • Original, unpublished work, author’s sole and exclusive property.

  • Submission to our contest must not violate any copyright, trademark, privacy, or publication right.

  • Simultaneous submissions accepted.

  • Entrant retains all rights except for award announcements.

Format

  • For Prose
    • Submit work on 8.5 x 11-inch white paper. No handwritten entries.

    • Use standard (e.g., Arial, Courier, Times New Roman) 12-point font, double spaced.

    • For fiction and nonfiction begin title and text half-way down the first page.

    • One-inch margin minimum.

  • For Poetry:

    • One poem per page.

    • Limited to 40 lines which may require a second page.

    • May use various spacing.

    • No fancy fonts; no colors.

  • For Screenwriting & Playwriting:

    • Traditional formatting (stage play)

    • Traditional formatting (screenplay)

    • 1-act structure or scene treatment

    • 3500-word, 10-page limit

    • Standard 12-point font, Times New Roman or Courier, 1-inch margins

    • Include synopsis and stage directions where needed

Rules and restrictions:

  • Submission of work to contest confers permission to Wyoming Writers, Inc. to publish winning title and author’s name in website and newsletter.

  • Contestants may submit in multiple categories.

  • All checks/ money orders payable in U. S. currency to Wyoming Writers, Inc.

Refunds:

No refunds for disqualified, late, or withdrawn entries.

How to Enter:

  • Submit a single copy of each entry; do not staple; use only paper clips if necessary.

  • Place title and page number in the header on each manuscript page.

  • Author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript to be judged.

  • Author’s name, address, phone number, and email address must appear on each entry’s cover sheet along with category, work’s title, word count. Cover sheet for poetry may contain up to 3titles.

  • Attach check made payable to “Wyoming Writers, Inc.”

  • Mail entries to: Wyoming Writers, Inc.—2022 Contest, c/o Tom Spence, P.O. Box 98, Buffalo, WY 82834.

  • No entries will be returned.

Judging:

  • Judges will receive materials without identifying information.

  • All judges’ decisions are final.

Notification and Public Announcement:

  • Winners only will be notified by email or telephone.

  • Winners may be asked for biographical material to accompany announcement of awards.

  • Winners will be announced at the annual Wyoming Writers Inc. conference on June 3-5, 2022 in Sheridan, Wyoming.

  • First place winning authors will have an opportunity to read a 300-word excerpt, or a first place poem, during the Conference.

  • All submissions must be postmarked by March 15, 2022. Winners will be notified by early May, 2022.


Any questions, please contact Wyoming Writers, Inc. at wyowriters@gmail.com.



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