2014 Writing Contest Guidelines

The Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium will continue with the writing contests again this year. If you are interested in entering, please read the guidelines carefully.

Writing Contest Guidelines for 2014

Age Categories:

Youth – 6th through12th Grade for the 2013/2014 Academic Year

Adult – Post High School

Genre For All Age Categories:

NOTE: Formatting guidelines listed below must be followed for entry to be accepted.

Poetry – limited to 30 lines or less – use 12 point type

Essay – Limited to 1,500 words -double-spaced – use 12 point type

Short Story -limited to 2,500 words – double-spaced – use 12 point type

Entry Fee Per Submission:

Adult – $10.00/submission – non-refundable

Youth – $5.00/submission – non-refundable

Submission Guidelines: (Attendance at symposium not required to enter)

1. All entries, along with cover sheets (see item 3 below), must be submitted electronically and received no later than May 1, 2014.

2. Please submit your entry using Microsoft Word as either a .doc or .docx file type.

3. The cover sheet must include the title of entry, your genre, age category and your contact information including your name, address, email address and phone number. Do not put your name or other personal information on the submission itself, only on the cover sheet.

Submissions must be emailed to: leahlee1@verizon.net

4. After submitting your entry electronically, please download the entry form by clicking on the link below:

Writing Contest Entry Form 2014

Print and complete the downloaded entry form and mail to the address below.  If you are paying by check please make checks payable to the SWCC Foundation and mail along with your entry form. If you wish to pay online please click on the button below.

Eventbrite - 2014 Writing Contest

You must complete a separate entry form for each submission. An entry will not be sent to the judges until the fee and entry form has been received. Send the entry fee and form to:

Addie Davis, Writing Contest Coordinator

Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium

204 Valley Road

Rosedale, VA 24280

Award amounts per genre:

Youth 6th-12th Grade: 1st Place – $125.00, 2nd Place – $50.00, and 3rd Place – $25.00

Adult: 1st Place – $250.00, 2nd Place – $100.00, and 3rd Place – $50.00

The awards will be presented at the Awards Banquet on June 14. Winners not present will receive their awards by mail.

2 thoughts on “2014 Writing Contest Guidelines

  1. Folks I have new spreadsheets, prepared by Jo Osborne, but they are here waiting to list your entries. Writing is wonderful, but winning the awards IS extra special. Start now! It’s a good way to think about something instead of staying warm and looking at sleet and snow. WRITE!

  2. I’m waiting for those great stories, true events, and wonderful poems to come pouring in. I know that everyone waits until the deadline before entering, but then we sometimes forget, so DO IT NOW! The prizes are great and your story/ poem/ or essay may be the winner. Nobody will know if you don’t win and you can frame your winning certificate. This all looks good on your resume’ as well. So, get to your computer, typewriter, or your favorite pencil or pen and let the words flow.
    Addie Davis, Contest coordinator

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