It’s Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Time Again! Deadline January 31st!

From: Colette Garmer, Area 3, Contest Coordinator

The 2013 Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest is underway.  As I prepare myself for another round of entries, I can’t help but feel excited all over again. I’m eager to see what this year’s contest will bring.

I’m proud to announce that our second-round team of judges will include Hank Phillippi Ryan, Hallie Ephron, Mary Pickard, Marcus Sakey, Scott Paulsen and Bruce DeSilva.

If you are a Published Penn and would like to volunteer for first-round judging, please email me, and I will send you the link to apply. Judges come and go for various reasons. We are always looking for good judges.

Here are the categories of our contest. Multiple entries are allowed with the proper entry fees:

• Novel Beginning—Submit no more than 10 pages.

Include your genre so we can match your entry with a suitable judge. $15 entry fee per piece.

• Short Story—Submit no more than 10 pages.

Include your genre so we can match your entry with a suitable judge. $15 entry fee per story.

• Non-Fiction—This includes Creative Non-Fiction or Narrative Non-Fiction. Submit no more than

10 pages. $15 entry fee per piece.

• Article—Submit no more than 10 pages. $15 entry fee per article.

• Poetry—up to 40 lines per poem. $15 entry fee for up to three poems (3 poems/$15; 6 poems/$30)

This year, we are pleased to offer the option to submit entries electronically. Digital entries sent via email will save you the expense of copying and mailing your submissions and save postage and supplies fees for Pennwriters. Digital and paper entries will receive the same detailed score sheet and comments. Well, mostly the same… writers who opt for digital won’t have to decipher any cryptic handwritten comments from judges! Paper entries will still be accepted, but I encourage everyone to try the electronic submission option. The money currently being spent to mail entries to judges, print scoring sheets, and purchase office supplies could then be used to provide additional benefits to members.

Elecronic submissions – Enter Electronically

Submissions open January 1, 2013.Paper Entries:

Rules and submission address click here: paper entries

Mailing address for paper entries is toward the bottom after clicking on above link.

All entries must be postmarked by Jan 31, 2013.

All entries must be submitted by Jan 31, 2013.

Electronic submissionsEnter Electronically

Judging Criteria now available for review here!

Paper submissions to Colette Garmer. Go to Paper Rules and address link – top right of  Writing Contest – Open.

Helpful Formatting Tips

To Save an Entry if RTF (Rich Text Format)

Choose “File” then “Save As” then look down to the “Format” box in the center of your pop up box that shows you how you currently have the entry saved, and look to the right where there are arrows (carets) pointing in opposite directions.  Click on  the arrows (carets) so a box drops down with common formats.  Choose “Rich Text Format” rtf, then go down to the bottom right hand corner and click “Save.”

Help saving an Entry created on Mac Pages as RTF

If using a Mac and you created the entry in “Pages” go to “File” then “Export” then choose “Word.  Then “Next”.  Then save it to your desktop and hit “Export.”

Now open the new Word Doc you just made and go to “File” and choose “Save As” then choose “RTF.”

To Make 25 :Lines per page in Word

Choose “Format” on the tool bar at the top, then choose “Paragraph” from the menu.  On this pop up menu item choose the “Line Spacing” box and look to the right where there are arrows (caret) pointing in the opposite directions.  Click on the arrows (caret) so a box drops down with spacing choices.  Choose “Exactly” and to the right where it says “At” and choose 26 pt, then click “OK” at the bottom right corner.

To Change your Font Color to Black

Hold down your left button on your mouse and drag it across the text you want to highlight.  Release your finger and click the “A” over a colored bar in the upper tool bars, usually on the right hand side.  Click on the arrow (caret) pointing downward, choose the black box on the color chart shown and click on it.

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One response to “It’s Pennwriters Annual Writing Contest Time Again! Deadline January 31st!

  1. I’m confused. Doesn’t a contest imply prizes and awards? I see what I have to do to enter, but I see no reason why I would want to enter.

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