Members Only Contest

Bayou Writers’ Group
2013 Members-Only Contest

Submission period is now CLOSED!

BWG presents its fifth Members-Only Contest. Categories are fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Judging will be done by qualified professionals and may include comments and suggestions on each entry and score sheet. Rules are below. Submission deadline is AUG 3, 2013.

WINNERS: First place winners of each category will receive $25, a certificate and free BWG Membership for 2014 (from January 2014 to December 2014). Second place winners of each category will a certificate and free BWG Membership for 2014.

Poetry: rhymed or unrhymed up to 25 lines
Fiction or nonfiction up to 3,000 words

COVER SHEET: Use a separate cover sheet for each entry. Put your name, complete address, telephone number, and email address (if applicable) in the upper left-hand corner. In the upper right- hand corner, list category and number of words or lines (whichever is applicable). Double space six times and center the title. Double space again and type the first line of your story/poem (to avoid confusion in case of a title being used by more than one member). DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY OTHER PAGE! Cover sheets will be kept in a special envelope by the President for identification of the winning entries and will not be sent to the judges with the submissions.

ALL ENTRIES - This must be your original unpublished work. Publication on the Internet is publication. Use font size 12 and Times New Roman only. Text should be on one side of each page. Each member may enter ONE PIECE IN TWO SEPARATE CATEGORIES, for example: one fiction and one poem, or one nonfiction and one fiction, but not two fiction pieces! Each of the three categories (Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry) must have at least five entries or the category will be cancelled. Each category will be independently judged by outside professionals. Each entry needs three copies. One goes to each of the three judges for that particular category. However, to reduce paper waste there only needs to be one cover sheet per entry.

FICTION AND NONFICTION: Entries must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins. For the first page, double space eight times from the top of the page, center the title, double space again, and begin the story. On each succeeding page of story, type title and page number in the upper right- hand corner WITHOUT AUTHOR’S NAME. Fiction and nonfiction will be judged separately.

POETRY: Poems must be typed but may be single-spaced and may begin at the top of the page. List number of text lines in upper right-hand corner. On each succeeding page, type title and page number in upper right-hand corner WITHOUT AUTHOR’S NAME.

Emailed entries are not accepted. If a member lives out of town, he/she may mail in their submission(s). Fasten cover sheet and three copies of your submission with a large paperclip. DO NOT STAPLE ANYTHING! Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified and not judged. Judges often write comments directly on the submission. Each entry will be judged but we cannot guarantee all judges will write comments on either the score sheet or submission. Decisions of the judges are final.

Winners and awards will be presented by the day of the 2013 Conference.

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