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W.Va. author offers writing competition

August 31, 2011

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — The Jefferson County Historical Society is working in partnership with local author Bob O'Connor to establish an author competition to honor O'Connor's parents.

O'Connor has published six books and is a board member of the Jefferson County Historical Society. His parents, the late Charles and Wilhelmina O'Connor were supportive in his dream to become a published author.

 The annual competition, called the Charles and Wilhelmina O'Connor Author Competition, is open to anyone who resides in Jefferson County, W.Va., or is a member in good standing of the Jefferson County Historical Society; who has written about primarily about Jefferson County history (fiction, nonfiction or a children's book); and has not previously published a book.

A committee made up of a representative of the Jefferson County Historical Society and members of the O'Connor family will choose one winner per year based on submissions received by Saturday, Dec. 31.

Persons wishing to enter the competition must submit a book idea of at least 100 pages. Materials will be judged on merit, grammar, writing style, subject and scholarship. Decisions of the committee will be final. The winner will be notified in early 2012 and will have one year to complete their manuscript for publication.

The winner will receive a professionally published 5-inch-by-8-inch book published by Infinity Publishing of West Conshohocken, Pa., 25 printed books, 1,000 business cards, 1,000 bookmarks and 100 posters. The book will also be transcribed to ebook format. The book will also be listed on www.amazon.com, www.buybooksontheweb.com and www.jeffersonhistoricalwv.org .

For further information, contact Bob O'Connor at author@boboconnorbooks.com.

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