WELCOME

Submit entries at meeting or send to:
Judith Polson
116 James L. Orr Drive
Anderson, SC 29624
jpolson29624@yahoo.com

FWG Competition Guidelines


1.  Competition is open only to active members.

2.  Late entries or entries submitted without a cover sheet are automatically disqualified.  No exceptions.

3.  Prose manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced on plain, white, unadorned 8 1/2 x 11 paper, no bold or color print.  Poetry manuscripts may be single-spaced.  Font size is limited to 10 - 12.  Manuscripts that are not in agreement with the category for which submitted or exceed word or line lmits may be disqualified by the contest judges.

4.  ONLY the title of the piece and category for which submitted should be typed at the top of the first page of the manuscript.  (What the judges read must be anonymous.)  See sample below.

5.  The cover sheet for the manuscript should show the year, spring or fall contest, the author's name, address and phone number, the title of the manuscript, and the category for which submitted.  Also show email address if possible.  See sample below.

6.  An entry consists of two printed copies of the manuscript.  Each copy should be stapled separately and then paper-clipped to one cover sheet, with the cover sheet on top.  If an entry is chosen for First Place, and it is convenient for the winner, please send an electronic file to the yearbook chairperson.  If this cannot be done, a member of the yearbook committee will be glad to re-enter the manuscript for them.

7.  Only one entry per category per member may be submitted.  Entries that do not win first place may be revised and re-submitted at a later competition in the same category or in a different category.

8.  First place ($30.00), second place ($20.00), third place ($10.00) and honorable mention may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

9.  All entries must be unpublished works.  Entries that have won first place in previous FWG competitions are not eligible.

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Sample information to be typed on the cover sheet:

Year + Spring or Fall Competition

                                                Author's name
                                                Complete address
                                                Telephone Number
                                                E-mail address
                                                Title of story/poem/essay
                                                Prize for which submitted

Note:  Attach this cover sheet to 2 copies of the manuscript for submission to the Contest Coordinator.

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Sample information to be typed at the top of the first page of manuscript:

Year + Spring or Fall Competition

                                                Title of story/poem/essay
                                                Prize for which submitted

Note:  No other information should apear on the manuscript. 

Fall Competition Categories

POETRY

Guild Prize

    Poem of any style or genre . . . . . 28 line limit

Jean Brabham McKinney Prize
    Poem concerning man's relationship to nature or mankind . . . . . 16 line limit

Muses Prize
    Lyric poem of any style . . . . . No line limit

Children's Poetry Prize
    Poem specifically written for children . . . . . No line limit

PROSE

Fiction:
Arrows to Atoms Prize

    Short story . . . . . 2,000 word limit

Nonfiction:
Freedom Prize
    Any genre . . . . . 1,000 word limit

President's Choice Prize
    Theme set by President . . . . . 2,000 word limit
    (2007 Theme: A mystery)

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Spring Competition Categories

POETRY

Archibald Rutledge Prize
    Poem of any style concerning nature . . . . . 16 line limit

Pegasus Prize
    Poem of any style, no tipic restriction . . . . . 28 line limit

Dramatic Poem Prize
    Poem with dramatic elements such as dialogue . . . . . 50 line limit

Carolina Prize
    Lyric poem of any style . . . . . No line limit

PROSE

Fiction:
Betsy Byars Prize

    Children's short story . . . . . 2,000 word limit

Sandlapper Prize
    Short story . . . . . 2,000 word limit

O. Henry Prize
    Short story with O. Henry type ending . . . . . 2,000 word limit

Nonfiction:
Gus Wentz Prize
    Any subject, any style . . . . . 2,000 word limit

Jim Martin Prize
    Play or skit . . . . . . . no word limit

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Annual Songwriting Competition

Song of the Year
    1st Place - $100
    2nd Place - $75
    3rd Place - $50