W.Va. writing contest offers cash awards

March 10, 2012

West Virginia Writers Inc., is accepting submissions for its annual spring writing contest, offering a total of $6,000 in cash prizes in 13 categories. 

The writing contest, which has been held each year since 1982, makes three cash awards and honorable mentions in each category of the competition. 

Submissions will be accepted through March 15 (with a late deadline of March 31). 

The contest is open to all residents of West Virginia, as well as to any member of West Virginia Writers Inc. who lives outside of the state.

Among the traditional contest categories are children’s picture books, humor, Appalachian writing, book length prose (either fiction or nonfiction), short poetry, long poetry, short story, short nonfiction, emerging writers prose and emerging writers poetry.

There is a $10 fee for each entry into the contest, and $12 for the book-length category.

In addition to the adult contest, there is a student contest for prose and poetry that is open to young writers in three different age groups: grades one to five; grades six to eight; and grades nine to 12. 

The student categories are free and available only to students living in West Virginia. There are cash prizes available in all student competition and high school students may opt to enter the adult competition as well.

Winners of the annual contest will be announced June 9 at the West Virginia Writers conference, held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, W.Va.

For more information and an official contest entry form and contest rules, go to

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