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  About Skagit Valley Writers Contest 

Registration March 30, 2022

End June 30, 2022 

Cash Awards

First Place: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry........$ 100.

Second Place: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry....$   50.

Entry Fee

Members.............$ 10. Per Entry

Students...............$ 10. Per Entry

Non-Members..........$ 35. Includes Membership

                               Plus One Entry

Mail Entry Fee to:

Skagit Valley Writers

P.O. Box 913

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

To Enter Contest:

Send Email With Selected Category(s) to:

svwlmelbaburke@gmail.com

***At final submission, entries up to standard in content and form will be published in the next Skagit Valley Writers Anthology. Entries containing graphic sexuality, extreme violence, or gratuitous offensive language will not be considered. 

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Contest Categories & Rules

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Fiction:  

Fantasy, Sci Fi, Adventure, or Mystery 

Email Submissions to: 

 svwlmelbaburke@gmail.com 

                Theme: Author's Choice 

                Word Count not less than: 2,500-5,000 

                Font: Arial 

                Font Size: 11 

                Standard indent: 0.5" 

                Line Spacing: 1.5 

                Margins: 1" 

                Language: English 

                Original Works of Not the Same Category, Not Previously Published or Entered in a Contest 

                Author's Use of an Online Edit Service Encouraged 

                One Independent Edit Prior to Publication is Mandatory 

 

Judging will be based on:  

The elements of the craft of writing such as the inclusion of the physical, emotional, and intentional arc, point of view, character development, dialogue, scene writing, theme, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and universal appeal. 

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Nonfiction 

Memoir, Essay, or Journalese 

Email Submissions to: 

 svwlmelbaburke@gmail.com

               Theme: Author's Choice 

               Word Count not less than: 2,500-5,000 

               Font: Arial 

               Font Size: 11 

               Standard indent: 0.5" 

               Line Spacing: 1.5 

               Margins: 1" 

               Language: English 

               Original Works of Not the Same Category, Not Previously Published or Entered in a Contest 

               Author's Use of an Online Edit Service Encouraged 

               One Independent Edit Prior to Publication is Mandatory 

 

Judging will be based on:  

The elements of the craft of writing such as the inclusion of the physical, emotional, and intentional arc, point of view, character development, dialogue, scene writing, theme, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and universal appeal. 

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Poetry:  

3 One Page Poems or One 3-Page Poem 

Email Submissions to: 

 svwlmelbaburke@gmail.com

                Theme: Author's Choice 

                Three Poems: One Page Each-Judged Separately Or...

                One Poem 3-Pages, or 2 page + 1 page poem. 

                Font: Arial 

                Font Size: 11 

                Line Spacing: Single 

                Margins: 2" 

                Language: English 

                Original Works of Not the Same Category, Not Previously Published or Entered in a Contest 

                Author's Use of an Online Edit Service Encouraged 

                One Independent Edit Prior to Publication is Mandatory 

 

Judging will be based on: 

The elements of the craft of writing poetry such as, Poem has Imagery, (appeals to the senses); music, (sound and rhythm); diction, (word choice); syntax, (word order); figurative language (simile, metaphor, etc.); form, (sonnet etc.); structure, (pattern); unity, (elements contribute to whole); movement, (open to closure); symbolism, irony, allegory, allusion, voice, tone, persona, originality, (not cliche); mechanics, (grammar, spelling, punctuation).