Announcing the Ohio Valley Writers Contest!!

The Ohio Valley Writers are pleased to announce our first writing contest, hosted by the Martins Ferry Public Library and sponsored by Oglebay Institute. We are accepting submissions for the adult contest and the elementary school contest. Entries will be judged by members of the Ohio Valley Writers group and invited to read their winning pieces at the awards ceremony on April 26, 2018 at the Martins Ferry Public Library. Prizes will be awarded in each adult category: $100 for first, $65 for second, and $35 for third. Kids’ prizes will be donated by local businesses.

Please see the guidelines for each contest below:

 

OHIO VALLEY WRITERS – ADULT CONTEST

Open to all writers in Ohio County, WV and Belmont County, Ohio.

CATEGORIES:

  • Fiction (up to 2,500 words)
  • Nonfiction (up to 2,500 words)
  • Poetry (up to 3 poems)

 

PRIZES, sponsored by Oglebay Institute:

First – $100

Second – $65

Third – $35

CONTEST GUIDELINES:

  • Send original, unpublished work.
  • Indicate entry category and word count in upper right hand corner of first page. All manuscripts must be titled, typewritten in standard 12-point font, and double-spaced. (Poetry may be single-spaced.)
  • Submit a separate manuscript for each category you choose to enter.
  • Additional guidelines for entries: Please print on one side of 8.5” x 11” white paper. Please staple entries. Manuscripts will NOT be returned. All paper submissions will be recycled after the Contest Awards Ceremony. Entries may be sent through regular mail only—NO signature-required mail will be accepted. Contest Coordinators are not responsible for manuscripts that are delayed, lost in the mail, mailed to the incorrect address, or damaged in delivery.
  • Members of Ohio Valley Writers and their families are not eligible.

 

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so by an entrant will result in automatic disqualification. Decisions of the judges are final.

WINNERS: Winners will be announced at OV Writers Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6pm at the Martins Ferry Public Library. The list of winners will be posted online following the event.

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by April 5, 2018.

 

Click here for the Ohio Valley Writers Contest Adult Form.

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OHIO VALLEY WRITERS – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONTEST

Open to all elementary school students grades 1-5 in Ohio County, WV and Belmont County, Ohio.

Choose from one of the following prompts, or write your own story, essay, or poem!

  • If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you be and why?
  • What would happen if your favorite toy came to life?
  • Write about a time when you were proud of yourself.
  • 20 years from now, I will be….
  • If I ever start a town…
  • Write your own!

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY: Entrant must be in grades 1 – 5 for the Elementary Competition, and must be a resident of Ohio County, WV or Belmont County, Ohio. All entries must be original work of the entrant. 

One entry per student, please. Though typed entries are preferred, hand-written entries will be accepted if they are legible.

WINNERS: There will be one set of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each category. The winners will be chosen from the best of all categories in each age group, as determined by the contest judge(s). Winners will be announced at the Ohio Valley Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6pm, at the Martins Ferry Public Library and a full list of winners will be posted online following the event. Prizes for the kids’ contest will be donated by local businesses.

JUDGING: Judges will not critique manuscripts. Entrants, parents, or teachers may not contact judges during or after the contest. Any attempt to do so will result in automatic disqualification. Decisions of the judges are final.

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by April 5, 2018.

Click here for the OV Writers Elementary School Form.

 

For more information, contact us via our Facebook page, email us at LJackson513@gmail.com, or contact the Martins Ferry Public Library at (740) 633-0314. We look forward to reading your submissions!

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