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Knoxville Writers’ Guild Annual Writing Contest

Deadline

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Categories

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Entry Fees

Varies depending on category and whether or not submitter is member of KWG. One category is free. Youth category is $5. Other categories are $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers.

Prizes

$100 first prize, $50 second prize, $25 third prize

Description

The Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction
In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.
Specific Guidelines:
1. Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double spaced.
2. Only one entry per contestant.
3. See General Guidelines

The KWG Award for Novel Excerpt
Send us something that makes us want to read more.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:
1. Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
2. Please include the word count on the cover sheet. See General Guidelines.

The Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry
In memory of Libba Moore Gray, noted local author, actress and educator.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:
1. Entry consists of no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.
2. There are no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.
3. See General Guidelines.

The KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction
Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:
1. Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.
2. See General Guidelines.

The KWG Award for Genre Fiction
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:
1. Entry consists of one short story in genre style (e.g. romance, mystery, science fiction, etc.) totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
2. See General Guidelines.

The Young Writers Prize
Fee: $5
Specific Guidelines:
1. Entry consists of:
– one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
OR
-no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing. Poems will be judged as a collection.
2. Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee. No identifying information on stories themselves.
3. If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):
-School name
-School address
-School phone number
4. Please contact KWG President Donna Kapa if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

General Contest Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30.

Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly.
1. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prize winners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest.
2. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify.
3. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
4. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only.
5. You can submit entries in two ways.
Fill out the form at knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest/entry, once for each entry.
OR
Send a separate email for each entry to [email protected], with the subject line formatted as follows:
Category, Entry Title (as it appears below)
The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following:
-Author name
-Mailing address
-Phone number
-Payment method and reference (check number or PayPal confirmation number).
-Word count, poem count, or estimated length as dictated by category-specific guidelines below.
We are accepting only electronic submissions in order to process entries in a more efficient and standardized manner. Your local library or copy center should be able to help you convert your printed document to an electronic format for emailing.
6. Entries must be submitted through the entry form on www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or as email attachments in any reasonable electronic format. Likely candidates include rtf, plain text, pdf, and various flavors of Word or OpenOffice. The title of your attachment should match the title of your submission. You should receive an automated email confirmation that we’ve received your entry. Please send a follow-up inquiry if you don’t.
7. Do not put your name, pen name or any other identifying information on the entries themselves. Failure to follow this rule will result in rejection of your entry and forfeiture of your entry fee.
8. Do not submit previously published works.
9. See below for descriptions of individual contests, deadlines, and any specific rules for a particular contest.
10. Except for the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction and the Young Writers category, contests charge a $20 entry fee for nonmembers and $10 for Guild members. The Young Writers category charges a reduced fee of $5 per entry.
Guild membership is $30 per year; $15 for students. To join, make checks payable to KWG or pay by credit card at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.
11. Note: You can pay entry fees in two ways: either by personal check to the address below or by credit card via PayPal at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.
If you opt to pay by check, include the title of your entry in the memo line and the check number in your entry email.
Payments by check should be sent to:
(Name of Contest)
Awards Office
The Knoxville Writers’ Guild
P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville, TN 37939
12. The following prizes will be awarded for each category: First Prize – $100, Second Prize – $50, Third Prize – $25.
13. KWG reserves the right to award only one prize if there are insufficient entries in a given category.
14. No one person may win multiple prizes in a single category.
15. KWG reserves publishing rights and electronic rights for one year from the date winners are announced. Afterwards, all rights revert to the author.
16. Winners and runners-up will be announced on the KWG website.
17. A collection of winning contest entries will be published later in the year.

Questions should be sent to [email protected] For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

Contact Information

Adria Amos
Publicist
Knoxville Writers' Guild
[email protected]
865-214-7650

Website

www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest

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