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Saturday, January 18, 2014

WVW Contest F.A.Q. #4

Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions.

QUESTION:  I had a question concerning the book length prose category, and was hoping you could help me out. Is the submission supposed to be a 7500 word excerpt from a longer work, or a complete story that is simply longer than the submissions in other categories?

ANSWER: The 7500 word excerpt is to be from a book-length work (which, as THIS LINK shows, are typically over 80,000 words). The synopsis is there to provide an overview of the entire book-length story, but the 7500 words comes from within that larger work--though not necessarily the beginning of it.