NEOWA 2019 Writing Contest Rules

Note a Chair is need for the 2019 Writing Contest

2019 NEOWA Excellence in Craft Writing Contest Guidelines

  I. Categories:

                1. Best Column, Newspaper
                2. Best Column, Magazine
                3. Best Article, Newspaper
                4. Best Article, Magazine
                5. Best Opinion, Newspaper
                6. Best Opinion, Magazine
                7. Best Humor, Newspaper
                8. Best Humor, Magazine
                9. Best Outdoor  Coverage by a Newspaper*
              10.  Best Book*

 Newspapers are defined as a broadsheet or tabloid publication published on a daily or weekly basis. Magazines are published on a frequency of less than once a week, with the exception of weekly magazines such as Sports Illustrated. Electronically published entries will be accepted.


II Prizes:
 Plaques will be awarded for first place. Certificates will be awarded for second and third place, except there will be a single winner in the Outdoor Coverage by a Newspaper category. In the case of a tie, all winners for that place will receive awards. 
If less than two people enter a category, there will be no contest in that category. If less than four entries in a category are received, only first place will be awarded.

III Entries:
 The contest is open to all Active and Associate members. Writing must have been published between Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018 inclusive.
 The entry fee is $5 per entry with a limit of two entries per category. For example, if you submit two entries in the Magazine Article category and two entries in the Newspaper Opinion category, the entry fee for those submissions is $20.
Magazine and newspaper entries for column, article, opinion and humor categories must include:
 1. An original tear sheet or a copy that shows the author's name, date of publication, and name of publication Write the contest category on the tear sheet. Remove tear sheet from newspaper or magazines. Do not send complete newspaper sections or magazines. Original tear sheets or copies will not be returned.
 2. Three anonymous hard copies of each entry with the title and contest category marked at the top of the first page. Copies of the published story will not be accepted. You must send anonymous copies of your hard copy, prior to editing. If the hard copy is more than one page, staple the pages together.                

 3. Entries must be easily readable (for the sake of the judges). Do not submit light or darkened copies. 
 4. A story may be entered only once. For example, a story being entered as a newspaper column can't be entered again as a newspaper article. This does not prevent entering the same story in a different division. For example, if the same story has been published in a newspaper and also in a magazine, it may be entered in both divisions.
 *Each Best Outdoor Coverage by a Newspaper entry must include four (4) sets of three best tear sheets or copies from the year so that the entries may be judged on how well a newspaper covers the outdoors, year-round. A story appearing on a tear sheet for this category will not disqualify that story from being entered in another category. 
 *Each Book entry must include four original books. Because of increased handling, books will be considered as donations and will not be returned.  
 Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2019. Failure to follow all rules will result in disqualification. Winners are requested to send electronic copies of their winning stories to be posted on the NEOWA Web site.

IV Submissions: Mail writing entries to NEOWA Writing Contest, c/o .

Winners will be notified before the annual meeting.             

NEOWA will not be responsible for lost or damaged material.
If you would like confirmation that your entry was received, you may choose any of the following options:

1. Ship with a Delivery Confirmation.

2. Send a self-addressed, stamped postcard.

3. Send a note requesting e-mail confirmation; be sure to include your e-mail address.