CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD

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2017 HARVEST WRITING CONTEST

SUBMISSION TIMEFRAME: JUNE 1 - AUGUST 16, 2017

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:     Midnight AUGUST 31, 2017

 A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to 1st place winners in ADULT Categories and YOUTH Categories in all three genres. All 1st and 2nd place winners, ADULT and YOUTH, will read their winning pieces at the Winners Showcase Event in Bend, Oregon, Oct 21, 2017. Additionally, all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, ADULT and YOUTH, will be published in the 2017 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection anthology.

 GUIDELINES:

ADULT CATETORIES (Writers age 19 and over on June 1, 2017) One entry per person.

1. FICTION – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double spaced. One complete short story, or novel excerpt, in any fiction sub-genre. Original, unpublished work. Can be self-published.

2. NONFICTION - Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double spaced. One complete piece or novel excerpt, in any nonfiction sub-genre. Original, unpublished work. Can be self-published.

3. POETRY – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Single spaced-double between stanzas. One complete poem on any subject.

YOUTH CATETORIES (Writers age 18 and under on June 1, 2017) One entry per person.

1. FICTION – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double spaced. One complete short story, or novel excerpt, in any fiction sub-genre. Original, unpublished work. Can be self-published.

2. NONFICTION - Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double spaced. One complete piece or novel excerpt, in any nonfiction sub-genre. Original, unpublished work. Can be self-published.

3. POETRY – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Single spaced-double between stanzas. One complete poem on any subject.

 AWARDS:

  • ADULT CATEGORIES: First place prize of $100 in each of the three genre categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

  • YOUTH CATEGORIES: First place prize of $100 in each of the three genre categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

  • WINNERS SHOWCASE EVENT: First and Second place winners in the Adult and Youth Categories in each of the three genres will read their winning pieces at the event. The Winners Showcase Event will be held on Oct 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Hampton Inn and Suites, Bend, OR.

  • WINNERS COLLECTION BOOK: First, Second, and Third place winning pieces in Adult and Youth Categories in each of the three genres will be published in the Central Oregon Writers Guild 2017 Harvest Writing Contest Winners Collection book, which will be available on Amazon in e-book and print formats, at local bookstores, and at COWG events. Each winning author will receive one complimentary print copy.
  • AUTHOR READINGS: Winners may also be featured in author presentations/readings at Central Oregon bookstores and other venues.

  • NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified via email between Sept 27 and Oct 4, 2017.

 RULES for Submissions:

Eligibility: The COWG Harvest Writing Contest is open to residents of Oregon and to all current members of Central Oregon Writers Guild, regardless of residence. One entry is allowed per writer and one poem per Poetry entry.

Contest Timeframe: Submissions will be accepted beginning 12:00 am June 1, 2017 through midnight August 31, 2017. Submissions received after midnight on August 31, 2017 will not be accepted.

General Formatting: Entries must be typed, double spaced (Poetry Single spaced), in 12-point legible font (e.g. Times New Roman), page numbers, and submitted as a .doc or .docx.

Title: All entries must have a TITLE on the top of the first page.

Confidentiality: Do not put author’s name on manuscript.

Original work: All entries must be original, unpublished work of author. Self-published, blogs, and articles okay.

Judging: Entries will be judged anonymously and judges’ decisions will be final. In October, all entrants will receive their judge’s score sheet with comments.

For sample score sheets go to www.centraloregonwritersguild.com

Fees: COWG Members $ 20.00. Non-members $25.00. Contest fees are not refundable.

Notification to writing contest entrants: Each entrant will be notified by Submittable that your entry has been received.

 Please direct questions about the writing contest to: centraloregonwritersguild@gmail.com

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The goal of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for aspiring and acclaimed writers of all ages in all genres. Since its beginning in 2002, COWG has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to enhance writers’ skills related to the craft of writing and to better understand the business of being an author, including publishing and marketing.

Your COWG member BENEFITS include:

  • Monthly meetings with great speakers! (link to monthly meetings page or calendar)
  • Discounts on workshops presented by high caliber writing professionals. (link to Workshops page)
  • Opportunities to network with fellow writers.
  • Posting of your website url. (link to author page)
  • Posting of your books and news. (link to author page)
  • Volunteer opportunities.
  • Discounts on submissions to our annual Harvest Writing Contest. (link to contest page)
  • Opportunities to read your work at local bookstores.
  • Opportunities to display and sell your books at COWG monthly meetings and events.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES:

New - $35, Renew - $25, Full Time Student - $15, Youth (17 and under) - $15.

WORKSHOP FEES: (4-hr workshop - Class limit 30 students)

Member - $25, Nonmember - $35, Student and Youth - $15

QUESTIONS:

Please direct questions to: centraloregonwritersguild@gmail.com

Ends on December 31, 2017$15.00 - 30.00
$15.00 - 30.00
2017 Membership in Central Oregon Writers Guild is effective December 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.

RENEW BY APRIL 30, 2017
2016 COWG members may renew through APRIL 30, 2017 for $25. As of May 1, 2017, 2016 membership expires and registration will be at the New Member rate of $30.00. Student and Youth rates remain at $15.00.

SCREENWRITING with Denice Hughes Lewis, award-winning screenwriter.

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 30 - Light refreshments provided. Bring sack lunch.

Instructor: Denice Hughes Lewis holds an IMBD credit for a short film and is a first-place winner in the Catalina Film Festival and second place for two scripts in the Oregon Film Festival. She is also an award-winning children’s novelist for her eBook, Dragon Cloud.  

Description: Denice will share her simplified and creative processes for writing a great script. Think you can write a screenplay for a movie? You can. Denice will show you where to start and how to proceed, as well as help you hone your skills for developing titles, loglines, themes, characters, and plots. Bring your questions, ideas, or screenplays-in-progress and gain valuable insight from Denice and your screenwriting classmates. The tools and resources you will receive in this class can be used in any kind of writing.