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W. Va. Writers New Mountain Voices Student Writing Competition now open for submissions

By Staff | Jan 16, 2017

West Virginia Writers, Inc., is now accepting submissions for its annual contest for grades 1-12, the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest. Submissions are accepted from Jan. 2 through March 15 (with a late deadline of March 31). The contest is free to enter and offers prizes in three age groups; grades 1-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

The contest offers six suggested writing prompts that students may choose to use for their submission. The topics this year include: “The time I ate _____________”; “A visit back in time”; “Death on Popcorn Mountain”; “I can make a difference”; “Haunted House”; and “The person I admire most.”

Alternately, students may create their own original story or poem to submit outside of the offered prompts.

“We want our contest to encourage students to write,” says contest coordinator Eric Fritzius. “So if the students want to use the writing prompts we provide, or dream up their own, both are fine by us as long as they’re writing.”

Each of the contest’s three age groups will have their own 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as honorable mentions, with 1st place winning $100, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25. There are no fees to enter the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, though only students who are residents of West Virginia are eligible.

Winners will be announced June 10, in an awards ceremony during West Virginia Writers Annual Writers Conference, held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. All winners, including honorable mentions, will receive certificates suitable for framing.

Judges for the three age groups this year include Renee K. Nicholson (grades 1-5), who is Assistant Professor in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program at West Virginia University; Pam Andrews Hanson (grades 6-8), a former West Virginia University journalism instructor, who is the co-author (with her mother/writing partner Barbara Andrews) of more than 50 novels including romance, inspirational women’s fiction, and mystery for Harlequin and Guideposts; and Natalie Sypolt (grades 9-12), who is an Assistant Professor at Pierpont Community & Technical College.

For official contest entry forms, contest rules and the Frequently Asked Questions List concerning the contest, please visit the contest webpage at wvwriters.org/contest.html. Or email contest coordinator, Eric Fritzius, at wvwcontest@gmail.com.

West Virginia Writers, Inc., the largest nonprofit writers’ organization in the state, will celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year.