Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Writing Contests

Post by Kerrie Flanagan
For years I have been wanting to have Northern Colorado Writers  host a writing contest or two, but I could never seem to find the time to put together all the details. This year I got lucky. Jennifer Carter, my newsletter editor asked if she could organize some writing contests for 2011. Of course I said yes!

So, I am happy to announce the 2011 NCW Writing Contests. The first deadline is January 15th so get writing!

Deadlines and Categories

Genre: Short Fiction
Contest runs: November 1-January 15, 2011
Winner Announced: February

Genre: Personal Essay
Contest Runs: February 1, 2011 April 15, 2011
Winner Announced:May

Genre: Poetry
Contest Runs: May 1, 2011 July 15, 2011
Winner Announced: August

Cover Design Contest
Contest Runs: May 1, 2011 July 15, 2011
Winner Announced: August
Genre: Nonfiction Article
Contest Runs: August 1, 2011 October 15, 2011
Winner Announced: November

Submission Guidelines

Entry Fees and Prize Money
Each category will be awarded the following: 1st place: $200; 2nd place: $100; 3rd place: $50. The entry fee for all contests is $10 per submission. You may submit up to 3 poems per $10 entry fee in that category. Should you choose to email your entry instead of mailing, there will be an additional $5 processing fee per entry.

Minimum Number of Entries
To ensure the contest has a diverse and competitive field, each category must have a minimum of 40 entrants in order to be valid. If the minimum number of entries is not received, your entry fee will be returned.

All submissions must be your own original work. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere, as this may affect our ability to publish it should it be selected as a winner. Submissions can be previously published, however, you must own the rights to republish in the event that your submission wins. All winning entries will be published in the 2011 Anthology.

Short fiction, essays, and articles must be in a 12 point standard serif font (Times New Roman, Courier, Cambria) and double spaced, pages numbered. Include a cover sheet with your contact information and the title of your piece. Do not include your name on the submission itself, only the title. Please mail 2 copies of each submission to the address at right.

Send entries to Northern Colorado Writers, 108 East Monroe Drive, Fort Collins,CO 80525

Word Limits
Short stories: 5,000 words
Personal essays: 3,000 words
Poems: 250 lines each
Articles: 3,000 words

2011 Anthology
The anticipated release date for the 2011 Anthology is December 1, 2011. Winners will receive a free copy. Additional copies may be purchased from NCW.


1 comment:

Jan Cline said...

Where do we send our entries? Is there a website we should go to? Sounds like a great contest.
Thanks for the info.

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