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Sunday, February 12, 2012

West Virginia Writers, Inc. at midpoint for 2012 Contest

The 2012 Annual Writing Contest for West Virginia Writers, Inc. continues to accept submissions.

Over $6000 will be awarded at the WVW Annual Conference at Cedar Lakes on June 9, 2012. Entry deadline is March 15, 2012; however, late entries will be accepted until March 31. Thirteen adult categories include stage play, nonfiction, children's books, poetry, short story, and fiction or nonfiction book-length work. Special categories are available for emerging writers (those who are unpublished and who've never won a cash award in a previous WVW contest), Appalachian theme, humor, and genre fiction, as well as the Pearl Buck Award in Writing for Social Change. Adult entry fees are $10 per category ($12 for book-length); late entries require an additional $2 fee per manuscript.

Students should submit a story or poem using one of six provided prompts. There are no fees to enter the student contest, which is divided into three age groups (grades 1-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Cash prizes are given for first, second and third places in each category. Additional rules and fees may apply for out-of-state entrants. For more information, entry forms and official rules, visit or contact contest coordinator Teresa Newsome at 304-601-2460.