It’s Contest Time!

The following information is provided by Samantha LaFantasie, Contest Chair 2012.  You may email questions to contest@kwawriters.org.

It’s August and that means it’s also contest time! For specific rules and submission information for the KWA Poetry and Prose Contest, click here.

In the meantime, there are a few changes that have come this year—starting with a new Contest Chair: Me [Samantha LaFantasie]. I would like to take some time to go over a few things that you should keep in mind.

First, when considering pieces to enter, we want original, unpublished works. That means we want work never seen or even posted on sites, blogs, fan pages, etc–even if you have a book trailer. The idea behind this is because the fairest way to maintain our contest results is to have blind judging.  Our Judges are drawn from both inside and outside the organization, and we prefer that your work be utterly unfamiliar to them prior to making decisions.  This eliminates any favoritism.

If you announce any part of your project either before or after you submit to our contest, please contact us to withdraw your entry.

Second, I want to announce that we have a category for humor. Got a funny story you want to share with us? Take a chance and send it in! You could win up to $50, give some judges a good laugh, as well as be featured in our KWA Anthology.

Third, I’m looking for volunteers for judging the contest. The more the merrier. Judging won’t start till December 31st (contest close date).  If willing, please email me at contest (at) kwawriters (dot) com . List “Judging” in the subject line of your email.

Finally, don’t forget that the final day to submit entries is December 31st (postmark).  As long as it has the stamp of the 31st on it, I will accept it. All others will be returned. Rewards will be given during the KWA Scene Conference in March.

Good luck and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Feel free to also visit our contest page for more information regarding entries and guidelines to follow when submitting.

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