AWG Members Only Monthly Contest
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Objectives: To study methods of writing and research,
To develop our talents as writers,
To promote interest in writing, and
To encourage our fellow writers at all times
Exclusive: For current members of AWG only. All entries eligible for Annual Contest. No fees!
Judging: Judges are professionals who may or may not choose to critique entries. Judge’s decisions are final. If there are fewer than four entries per category in double category months, categories will be combined. Six entries per month are required for judging.
Prizes: $20 first prize and $15 second prize. You are encouraged to attend the meetings to pick up your check. Otherwise, they will be mailed to the physical address provided.
Pay careful attention to all guidelines
Deadline: Submissions may be sent any time after the 12th of the previous month, but no later than the 12th of the contest month.
Enter by Email Only: Send documents as attachments and in Word format only. Subject Line should state: AWG Contest and “Month” (e.g. January). Entries will be returned to the email on coversheet. Warning: some devices may not transmit document correctly, thus disqualifying entry. AWG will respond within five days. It is entrant’s responsibility to verify and resend.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Gordon, Contest Coordinator
Mix & Match: Submit up to 3 entries per month. Enter poetry, prose, or both. Blended themes are acceptable. Must be original work unpublished at deadline (includes Internet posts).
** You may send up to 3 entries and accompanying cover sheets in the same email, but all cover sheets and entries must be separate attachments.**
Cover Sheet Format: Top left: author’s name, physical address (to mail prize check), telephone number, and email. Top right: Chosen month of entry, word count for Prose and Flash entries or line count for poetry. (Do not count the title when determining line or word counts.) Title of entry should be centered midway down the page.
Entry Format: Do not include author name on any page. Minimum one-inch margins; prose double spaced; poetry single or double spaced. First page: center title at top, double space then start text. Number subsequent pages at the top center or top right.
MONTH THEME CATEGORY
JANUARY No contest this month Extra writing time for February
FEBRUARY Winter, Nature, Milestones Poetry – 50 lines or less
Non-Fiction – 1,000 words or less
MARCH Mandatory prompt words: Flash entry: Fiction or Poetry
tear, color, wind, sort, drift 100 max using 5 prompt words
APRIL National Poetry Month Rhymed or Unrhymed Poetry
NO THEME 50 lines or less
MAY National Short Story Month Fiction - 1,000 words or less
JUNE AWG Non-Fiction Month Non-Fiction - 1,000 words or less
JULY Home, Travel Poetry – 50 lines or less
Fiction – 1,000 words or less
AUGUST Mandatory prompt words: Flash entry: Fiction or Poetry
project, double, shine, top, way 100 max using 5 prompt words
Flash Fiction/Poetry use 5 mandatory prompt words, or close form and meaning, like: Oil = oiled, oils, oiling, oiler, oily not spoil or foil; boat = lifeboat; speak = unspeakable, not spoken; place = placement; defect = defection or defective.
May contest winners:
1. Ron Davis, "Tomoe's Birth"
2. Chuck Anderson, "Mobeetie"
HM: Coy Roper, "The Preacher Takes a Wife"
June contest winners:
1. Chuck Webber, "The Truth About Photia"
2. Coy Roper, "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered by Computers"
August contest winners:
1. Chuck Webber, "Assignation Under Peachtree Street"
2. Coy Roper, "The Windsor Project"
1. Coy Roper, "What Will it Be?"
2. Judy Sitton Ware, "Floating to the Top"
THAT'S ALL FOR THIS YEAR IN THE MEMBERS-ONLY MONTHLY CONTESTS! THEY WILL BEGIN AGAIN IN