[Nfbnet-members-list] Writers' Division Annual Writing Contest for Youth and Adults - 2016 IS HERE
Robert Leslie Newman
newmanrl at cox.net
Wed Jan 6 15:42:10 UTC 2016
2016 WRITING CONTEST GUIDELINES
The annual youth and adult writing contests
sponsored by the NFB Writers Division will open
January 1st and close April 1st.
Adult contests are: short Fiction, non-fiction, stories for youth, and poetry.
Youth contest are: Short fiction, poetry, and a
new category called Federation History. The youth
contest is divided into three groups, determined
by grade level elementary, middle, and high
school. Note, our new category, Federation
History, is unique, different from the fiction
and poetry contest, in respects to the following
three points: First, an entry can be of any style
or genre of writing as long as it pertains to the
history of the National Federation of the Blind.
Second, all entrants compete equally, no matter
what grade they may be in. Thirdly, the best of
this category will be honored at the National
Convention and will be able to read their piece
at one of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Childrens functions.
As always, in both adult and youth contests,
there may be up to three prize winners (1st, 2nd,
3rd), and one or more receiving honorable
mention. Additionally, a prize winning entry may
be published within the Writers Divisions magazine, Slate & Style.
All contest winners will be announced during the
first week of July, at the Writers Divisions
business meeting, during the NFB national
convention to be held in Orlando, Florida.
*Youth contest winners will receive $30 for 1st
place, $20 for 2nd place, and $10 for 3rd place.
*Adult contest winners will receive $100 for 1st
place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.
*This is a contest for students who use Braille.
*Note: if you are 18 years old, or older, you must enter the adult contest.
*Entries must be submitted in hand embossed
Braille, either with a slate and stylus or
Braille writer, and there are no exceptions.
*Submissions must be brailed by the entrant.
*All submissions, no matter your grade level,
must be in contracted Braille. Let us know if you
know or are learning contracted Braille.
Additionally, let us know if you have chosen to use UEB, or not.
*Each entrant must provide an identical
electronic copy of the cover letter and contest
entry as a Microsoft Word file [doc] or as a Rich Text Format [rtf] file).
*Attach the electronic copies to an email and
send them to- EvaMarie Sanchez at thirdeyeonlyinaz at gmail.com.
*Send your hardcopy Braille and cover letter to:
202 E Louisiana apt 2
Ruston, La 71270
Entries must be accompanied by a cover letter
containing entrant's information: Name, address,
phone, e-mail, title of the entry, school, and grade of entrant.
*We will consider only unpublished original entries.
*Youth short fiction or Federation History
stories submissions cannot be more than 1,000
words, and poetry of no more than 50 lines.
*Authors of either poetry, Federation History, or
fiction are encouraged to submit multiple pieces.
Youth ENTRY FEES None
Are you the best brailler in the contest? Be sure
to double check your work. Remember to use
braille paper so the braille is easy to read. Good luck!
*Note: this contest is for everyone 18 years old, or older.
*We will consider only unpublished original entries.
*Fiction short stories can be of any main stream
genre, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.
*Non-fiction entries should be either a memoir or
personal essay, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.
*Stories for youth are stories with content
written at an intellectual level appropriate for
the younger reader, and cannot exceed 3,000 words.
*Poetry: We will accept poetry of any length
*Authors of either poetry and/or prose are
encouraged to submit multiple pieces.
*Adults are required to submit all poetry,
fiction, non-fiction, and stories for youth as
attachments to an E-mail message.
*The attachments must be in either Microsoft Word
(doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf).
*Fiction, non-fiction and stories for youth
should be written in a normal prose style, with
paragraphs being left justified, lines are single
spaced, and having a 14 point font of Aerial, regular.
*No hard copy submissions will be accepted.
Along with your entry or entries, include a cover
letter providing the following:
*Your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.
*List the titles of all submissions, including
the category in which they are being entered.
*State your method of payment for the entry fee (check or PayPal).
*Finally, the cover letter could be your e-mail
message, or a separate document attached along with your submissions.
CONTEST ENTRY FEES PAYMENT AND METHODS
*The fee for each short story, non-fiction piece,
or story for youth is $6.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
*The base fee for poetry will cover up to three
poems, if the combined line-count of all three
pieces does not exceed 108 lines - additional
poems require a second fee, following the same
fee payment scheme. Base fees are $6.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
*You may use PayPal from the Writers Division website, http://writers.nfb.org
*Alternatively, you may mail a check made out to
NFB Writers Division, with a note in the memo
line relating to the contest. Send to:
19541 Olney Mill Rd.
Olney, MD 20832.
*E-mail submissions should be sent to EvaMarie
Sanchez at: thirdeyeonlyinaz at gmail.com
****We look forward to seeing your words. ****
If you have questions write EvaMarie Sanchez,
Writers Division President: thirdeyeonlyinaz at gmail.com
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