Bi-monthly Writing Contest for Members
The Alaska Writers Guild is pleased to announce six writing contests for AWG members this calendar year. The awards, described below, will be announced and presented at the monthly meeting following the competition deadline.
Awards Will Be Given to the Top Three Stories/Poems
First Place: $50 and a certificate, sponsored by Evan Swensen, Publication Consultants
Second Place: $35 and a certificate, sponsored by Barry Dearborn
Third Place: $20 and a certificate, sponsored by Nan and Cam Potts
***Entries must be received by midnight on the fifth of the month specified below:
||June (blank verse)
||December (blank verse)
1. Email both entry files, as attachments, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Biographical or other information not requested will not be read or retained
2. Please put "BI-MONTHLY WRITING CONTEST FOR MEMBERS" in the subject line.
3. Entries must include a cover sheet containing the author's name, email address, genre, date of contest deadline and word count. This must be submitted as an attached file (PDF preferred, Microsoft Word okay).
4. Entries containing any reference (or hint) to the author's identity within the submitted story will be disqualified.
5. Obscene, offensive, defamatory, or libelous entries will be disqualified.
6. Text must be double-spaced, Times Roman type face, at font size 12 with standard one inch margins.
7. Do not include art, any picture inserts or attach any other embellishment files, unless the contest specifically allows such.
8. Only one entry per member per bi-monthly contest period.
9. Prose entries must be no longer than 2,500 words (not including the title). Include the word count on the upper right corner of the first page. Include page numbers at the bottom of each page of the submission.
10. Poetry entries may be required to be composed about a topic provided in the announcement. Currently, there is no word limit. The form will either be blank verse or rhyme. (see contest genres by month)
11. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published or have won a prize in any other competition.
12. Late entries and those not meeting the above criteria will be disqualified.Again, please submit both cover sheet and story files as PDF email attachments, however, Microsoft Word files will be accepted).
Judges will not see the cover sheet, or otherwise learn of the author’s identity. Each judge will return, to the coordinator, their ranking for the submitted entries. The coordinator converts the judges ranking position to points under a fixed formula. Ties at any of the ranking positions are allowed from the judges. Most of the time, the varying scoring of the four judges will resolve ties at the top three rankings. For poetry, the above will be applied but evaluation is largely subjective.
Besides the awards being presented during the AWG general meeting, the authors of each of the wining entries will have the opportunity to talk about and/or read an excerpt from their story, within a maximum of three minutes. If the author is absent but has prepared a page to be read, the coordinator or a volunteer will do the reading.
All submissions receiving certificates will be published in PDF format in the web page Winners Stories
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