poetry & prose contest: Central Coast Writers
- Central Coast Branch of California Writers Club
Spring 2012 Writing Contest
Multiple Entries Allowed:
Enter as many times as you wish; one check covers all entries.
Maximum Length: Prose: 2,500 words. Poetry: 50 lines maximum.
Entries must be in English, standard 12-point black-ink font. No fancy script, scrawls, doodles or illustrations. A work must stand on its words!
SUBMISSION PERIOD (by postmark):
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 – JANUARY 31, 2012.
$1000 Total Awards
Four winners (two in each category of Poetry and two in each category of Prose) will receive $250 apiece.
The winning work will be published (print and online) in the Spring 2012 Homestead Review produced byHartnell College.
For Rules and Formats see our web site: www.centralcoastwriters.org.
Poetry categories are Unrhymed Poems (free verse, blank verse, cameo, cinquain, haiku, shadorma, story stanza, etc.) and Rhymed Poems (couplet, triolet, triplet, sonnet, rondeau, vignette, etc.) no longer than 50 lines. Prose categories are Non-Fiction (essays, articles, memoirs, etc.) and Short Fiction (writer’s choice mystery, romance, western, etc.) each no longer than 2,500 words.
Prose, Fiction: J. Roderick Clark, publisher and editor of Rosebud magazine.
Prose, Non-fiction: Barbara Callahan Quin, founding publisher and editor Great Spirit
Poetry, Unrhymed: Maria Garcia Teutsch, editor-in-chief Ping-Pong magazine and
the Homestead Review.
Poetry, Rhymed: Lee Ann Russell, author of “How to Write Poetry” and 7th place
winner in 2011 Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest.
Eligibility: Open to all work not previously published. Simultaneous submissions allowed, but you must notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Our contest is open to all writers—you do not need to be a member of California Writers Club/Central Coast Writers branch to enter.
Entry Fees: There are two classes of entry fees: Non-member and Member. A Non-member is an entrant who does not belong to any branch of California Writers Club regardless of whether he/she has been a member in the past. A Member is any person who is a current paid-up member of Central Coast Writers, or any other branch of California Writers Club, and whose CWC membership qualifies him/her for a contest-fee discount.
Non-member Fees: Prose: $10 per entry (fiction/non-fiction); Poetry: $5 1st poem; $3 2nd and subsequent poems.
Member Discounts: Prose: $8 per entry (fiction/non-fiction); Poetry: $3 1st poem; $2 for 2nd and subsequent poems.
Format: Typed, white 8½ x 11 paper, single-sided, numbered pages, with title only (not your name) on upper left corner of all pages. Prose pieces must be double-spaced. In upper left corner, please indicate the nature of the piece, such as “Personal Essay,” “News Feature,” “Memoir” or “Short Story.” Poetry should be formatted as you want it to appear. If you know the poetic form of your submission, please write it in the upper right margin. We prefer staples over paper clips for prose and poems longer than one page.
Cover Sheet(s): Include a single cover sheet for prose and a single cover sheet for poetry. The cover sheet(s) must include the title(s) of your entry(ies), your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and word count for prose and line count for poetry. On your cover sheet, please let us know how you heard about our contest (website, magazine ad, newsletter, flyer, friend, etc.).
HOW TO ENTER
Make check payable to: Central Coast Writers Send with submission to:
CCW Writing Contest
P.O. Box 997
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Keep copies of your manuscripts, as no submissions will be returned. Winners will be notified around March 31, 2012 and announced in Scribbles, the Central Coast Writers’ newsletter, and online at our web site:www.centralcoastwriters.org. For snail mail copy of winners list, include a #10 SASE with your entry and write “Winners List” in lower left margin of the envelope.
Questions may be e-mailed to:
<ccw-contests(at)comcast.net> (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)
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