How to submit your entries for the Writersâ€™ Village Best Writing Award spring 2012
1. Prizes total Â£550 ($900).
The prizes are: First Prize Â£400 ($660); Second Prize Â£100 ($160); Third Prize Â£50 ($80). Five further shortlisted entrants will gain a FREE entry for their story in the next round. Prize monies will be paid via PayPal (if entry was paid for by PayPal), or by a cheque payable in sterling pounds if entry was paid for by cheque.
The top three winners will be entitled to accredit themselves: â€˜Winner, 1st prize [etc], The Writersâ€™ Village Best Writing Award spring 2012, when approaching agents, publishers, editors (etc). Other winners will be entitled to use the phrase: â€˜Shortlisted for the Writersâ€™ Village Best Writing Award spring 2012'.
Winning entries will be showcased here on the Writers' Village site.
In the unlikely event that insufficient entries of reasonable quality are received to provide a fair basis for judging, no prizes will be awarded but all entrants will be returned their entry fees.
2. Types of entry accepted & judging criteria
Any form of short story may be submitted up to 3000 words and in any genre (eg. mystery, romance, fantasy, crime, science fiction, childrenâ€™s, etc).
The work should not have been previously published in print media at the time of its submission to the contest. However, contestants are free to submit their stories to other contests, whether or not the stories win.
Playscripts and poetry may not be entered. (True, the definition of a â€˜scriptâ€™ or â€˜prose poemâ€™ may be arguable. But to ensure a level playing field for all entrants, anything that clearly appears to be a script or poem will be excluded and the judgeâ€™s definition of the term â€˜clearlyâ€™ will be final :))
To be fair to new entrants, a story will not be considered for a cash prize if it has previously been entered in the competition or has otherwise received critical feedback from John Yeoman. For the same reason, the same contestant cannot win a cash prize at Writers' Village more than three times.
In judging entries, particular weight will be given to their power to move the reader, their originality and their demonstration of the craft skills of creative writing.
3. Deadline & timings
Entries must be received with payment by midnight (GMT) Saturday 31st March 2012. Winners will be announced by 30th April 2012 on the Writersâ€™ Village website.
4. Presentation format
Prepare your stories exactly as you would for submission to an agent or publisher, with your full contact address plus e-mail and telephone number, included in the same file as the story.
The subsequent text should be in Times Roman or similar (no exotic fonts, please!), 11 or 12-point, double or 1Â½ spaced. Put your story title and page numbering in the header. (Presentation rules for the professional submission of work can also be found in The Writersâ€™ & Artistsâ€™ Year Book, and similar manuals.)
5. How to submit entries
We would greatly prefer stories to be e-mailed as an attachment. Click here to e-mail us. Payment may also be made from this site by PayPal, using the PayPal button below
Important: in the Subject line of your e-mail put â€˜Writersâ€™ Village: spring 2012 entry: [your name]â€™. That way, the system will recognise it as a competition entry rather than spam :)
E-mailed attachments must be in the format: Word.doc, .docx, RTF, txt (plain text) or .odt (Open Office).
Alternatively, hard copy entries can be posted to: Village Guild, The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DP, UK and a cheque drawn on a UK bank and payable in pounds sterling (GBP) enclosed with the entries. However, if you wish your work to be showcased on the Writersâ€™ Village website, should you win a prize, your entry must additionally be e-mailed as an attachment around the time of entry or enclosed on a CD or floppy with your posted entry.
Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world, provided that they are in the English language and that payment is received via PayPal or by a cheque in pounds sterling, drawn upon an account held in pounds sterling.
The single best entry that a contestant submits will be selected to go forward for final judging. In this way, every individual will stand an equal chance of winning in the final round.
6. How to pay for your entries
The entry fee is just Â£10 (approx $16). You may submit as many stories as you wish but each story must be accompanied by a fee of Â£10 (approx $16), paid either by PayPal or cheque.
Every entrant, winner or not, receives a brief expert critique of their stories.
Pay by PayPal: This is the fastest, easiest way to pay, especially if you want to be sure that your payment is received by the contest deadline. If you are paying your entry fee by PayPal, simply click on the PayPal button below and follow the instructions given. To submit more than two entries, please make each subsequent pair of entries a separate PayPal transaction.
Alternatively, you can send the fee directly from your PayPal account. Our PayPal address is: cwriting [at] btinternet.com (fill in the obvious bit in the middle!).
Or pay by credit card: Clicking on the "Buy Now" button below will also let you pay by credit card if you do not have a PayPal account.
Always be sure to include the note: "Writersâ€™ Village entry spring 2012 [your name and the story titles]" if the form asks you to add 'instructions for merchant'.
Or pay by cheque: If you pay by cheque, it must be made out to 'Village Guild', drawn on a UK bank and payable in pounds sterling (GBP). Enclose with the cheque a note that clearly indicates your name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number plus the title(s) of the stories you are submitting. Cheques should be posted to: Village Guild, The Old School House, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DP, UK.
Note: your submission can be enclosed as hard copy and mailed along with your cheque but if you wish your story to be showcased on the Writersâ€™ Village site, should you win, it must also be sent electronically as an attachment around the time of entry or enclosed with your hard copy on a CD or floppy.
7. Disclaimer & Copyright
By the fact of entering, entrants attest that the work submitted is their own original composition, that they own the copyright, and that the work has not at time of entering been published in print media elsewhere.
Entrants will retain the copyright to their own submitted work and are free to submit it at any time for publication elsewhere, or for entry in other competitions.
Entries will not be returned. While every reasonable precaution will be taken for the safekeeping of entries, neither John Yeoman nor Writers' Village will accept responsibility for the loss or non-arrival of entries. Entrants are strongly advised to keep a copy of all entries.
If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, either: for e-mailed submissions, tick 'Request read receipt' (under the Tools menu in Outlook Express) when sending your email or, for posted submissions, enclose a stamped addressed postcard.
Please feel free to e-mail any queries you may have about the contest by clicking here.
A tip: as always, start the Subject line â€˜Writersâ€™ Villageâ€™ so that your message will be given priority :)
Deadline reminder: entries must be received with payment by midnight (GMT) Sat 31st March 2012. http://www.writers-village.org/http://www.writers-village.org/competition-rules.php
Click on the link above and go to the contest official site