2016 Writing Contest Guidelines


Writers, would-be writers, storytellers, young, old, and in between— here is your chance.  You can start right now and get your stories, poems, memories, and essays entered in the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium Contest.  If you do it now, it’ll be done, and you may be the very one to win first, second, or third place in one of the categories, or all the categories. 

So, come on folks, I know there are lots of good writers out there. Take a chance on winning… after all, you don’t have to tell anyone if you lose and if you can win, we’ll help you CROW a little. The writing guide lines are below. Your writing contest coordinator, Addie Davis

Writing Contest Guidelines for 2016

Age Categories:

Youth – 6th through 12th Grade for the 2015/2016 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 15, 2016.

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:

2016 Writing Contest Entry Form

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.

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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 11. Winners not present will receive their awards by mail.