Abilene Writers Guild


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

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No Entry Fees!


                 STUDENT WRITING CONTEST – 2018
                                                For ages 9-11 and 12-14


                                            RULES and ENTRY FORM

You do NOT have to be a member of Abilene Writers Guild to enter or win the contest, nor do you have to attend the April 2018 meeting. However, if you enter our contest, we encourage you to come to the meeting to help support and cheer your fellow students in their writing efforts. Enter as many times as you wish between January 1, 2018, and February 15, 2018. Entries before January 1, 2018, or after February 15, 2018, will NOT be accepted. See mailing address and email address on page two.



    1. Poetry, rhymed or unrhymed…………………………………………maximum 50 lines

    2. Short story…..…………………………………………………………..............maximum 600 words


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONSTitles are not counted in the line or word count.

1. Poems: may be rhymed OR unrhymed in any style.

2. Short Story:  If you like to make up fun stories, now is your chance!  Give us a beginning, interesting characters, a middle and a good ending with a maximum of 600 words (which equals about two and one-half typed pages or four and one-half hand-written pages).

COVER SHEET: Each entry must have a separate cover sheet with the following:    

 Your name and age                                                             

                                  Category (poetry or short story)        

                                  Your school’s name
                                  Your teacher’s name (If home-schooled, put parent & school name)

Then, go down to the center of the page and put the title of your poem or story on the cover sheet.  
SHORT STORY: Entries may be typed on computer or handwritten. Center the title of your story at the top of the first page, leave a space after the title and begin your story. For second, third, fourth pages, put the story title and page number at the top— DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY OF THESE PAGES!  If your entry is handwritten, please make sure anyone can read your writing!
POETRY: Poems may be typed or handwritten.  If you hand-write your poem, please make sure anyone can read your writing.   Center the title of your poem at the top of the page, leave a blank line and write your poem.  Do NOT put your name on this page!! 

PROCEDURES:  Staple a cover sheet to each entry.  Send us a SASE (self-addressed, stamped return envelop) if you don’t plan to attend the awards meeting but want your entry back.  SASE must include adequate postage.  Remember, even emailed entries must have a cover sheet for each entry.

This project is supported by a grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, HeARTS for the ARTS, the Abilene Arts Alliance, and the City of Abilene.

NOTE TO PARENTS & TEACHERS:  The entries will be judged on content, presentation and creativity --- not necessarily on spelling and punctuation.  We want this to be a fun project for the children.  The judges, professionals in their fields, are asked to critique each poem or story, and they may make suggestions about spelling and punctuation.  It is our aim to help the children succeed!  Decisions of the judges are final. Awards will be announced at the April 2018 meeting of Abilene Writers Guild, held at Rose Park Senior Center at 7 pm the fourth Thursday in April.

Awards:  First place, Second, Third and Honorable Mention

Please visit our website for more details about Abilene Writers Guild. Entries may be picked up after our April meeting, or we will use the self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) to return the entries as long as there is sufficient postage to do so.

Winners will also be listed on our website:
AbileneWritersGuild.org by May 15, 2018.