I just got this announcement from Donna. The Missouri Writers' Guild is holding a winter contest. And let me say thank you that they've included two count them, two non-fiction categories.
You can submit personal essays of up to 1,000 words and articles up to 1,500 words. Woohoo! I usually feel left out because most of my writing is non-fiction. Here is the info:
2007 Missouri Writers’ Guild
Winter Writing Contest
DEADLINE: Postmarked by October 1, 2007
ELIGIBILITY: All writers everywhere, except contest chair and judges.
ENTRY FEE: $5 per entry, maximum of two entries per category.
1st Place $50
2nd Place $25
3rd Place $10
Honorable Mentions: certificates (1 HM per 10 entries)
Top three prizewinners in each category will be given the opportunity to publish entry (one-time rights) on the Missouri Writers’ Guild Web site.
Categories: Short Story (to 3,000 words), Poetry (to 1 page), Personal Essay (to 1,000 words), Article (to 1,500 words). Word count does not include title. Hyphenated words count as one.
Categories with fewer than 20 entries will be canceled (entry fees returned)
Unpublished at time of submission, original work of contestant.
Standard manuscript form: (Except no name on manuscript.)
8½” x 11” white paper
Typed in 12-point Times New Roman
Prose double-spaced; poetry may be single-spaced
Prose pages numbered, word count under category name on page 1
Category in top right corner of page 1
Cover sheet for each entry, with contestant’s name, address, phone number, e-mail (if you have one), and category and title of entry.
NO CERTIFIED MAIL.
Send one copy of each entry. STAPLE (preferred) or paperclip entries of more than one page. Paperclip the cover sheet to the entry. Mail flat, not folded, with #10 SASE for winner notification or return of canceled category entry fee. Make checks out to Missouri Writers' Guild. (Manuscripts will NOT be returned.) Winners will also be posted on the Missouri Writers Guild Web site in December. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
MWG Contest Chair
2128 E. 144th St.
Olathe, KS 66062-2355