CENTRAL OREGON WRITERS GUILD

Whether you’re a writer or enthusiast, you are welcome at Central Oregon Writers Guild (COWG).

 You have come to the right place to enroll or enter:

 MEMBERSHIP  **  WORKSHOPS  **  CONTEST- Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2019. See details below.

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The mission 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 provides monthly meetings with great speakers and the opportunity to network with other writers.

Your COWG Member BENEFITS include:

  • Discounts on workshops presented by high-caliber writing professionals. 
  • Posting of your website url on COWG website.
  •  Posting of your books and news on COWG website.
  • Volunteer opportunities.
  • Discounts on submissions to our annual Writing Contest.
  • Opportunities to read your work at local bookstores.
  • Opportunities to display and sell your books at COWG events.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP (January 1 - December 31)

Adult - $35.00, Youth 18 & under as of 1/1/19 or Full-time Student - $15.00.

WORKSHOPS with Writing Professionals  

Member - $25.00, Nonmember - $35.00, Youth 18 & under as of 1/1/19 or Full-time Student - $15.00.

WRITING CONTEST

SUBMISSION TIMEFRAME: JANUARY 1 – FEBRUARY 28, 2019

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Midnight FEBRUARY 28, 2019

Cash prizes:

$50.00 to 1st place winners in all categories.

$25.00 to 2nd place winners in all categories.

All 1st and 2nd place winners will read their winning pieces at the Winners Showcase Event in Bend, Oregon on MAY 18, 2019.

GUIDELINES

CATEGORIES (6 total)

ADULT WRITERS (Age 19 and over on Jan 1, 2019) One entry per person per category. Entry must be original, unpublished work. Traditionally or Self-published work cannot be submitted to this contest.

   1. FICTION – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double-spaced.  One complete story in any fiction genre.

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

YOUTH WRITERS (Age 18 and under on Jan 1, 2019) One entry per person per category. Entry must be original, unpublished work. Traditionally or Self-published work cannot be submitted to this contest.

   1. FICTION – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double-spaced. One complete story in any fiction genre.

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

ADULT & YOUTH WRITERS (All ages) One entry per person per category. Entry must be original, unpublished work. Traditionally or Self-published work cannot be submitted to this contest.

   1. NONFICTION – Maximum length 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double-spaced. One complete story in any nonfiction genre.

   2. CHILDREN’S LITERATURE - YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE GRADE / PICTURE BOOKS - Maximum length for PICTURE BOOKS is 500 words, all other submissions 1200 words. Word .doc or .docx. Double-spaced. One complete story.

AWARDS:

Cash prizes:

   $50.00 to 1st place winners in all categories.

   $25.00 to 2nd place winners in all categories.

WINNERS SHOWCASE EVENT: First and Second place winners from each category will read their winning pieces in Bend, Oregon on May 18, 2019.

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 in early April 2019.

RULES for Submissions:

1. Eligibility: The COWG Writing Contest is open to Oregon residents, as well as all current members of Central Oregon Writers Guild, regardless of residence. One entry is allowed per person per category. In other words, you may enter one submission in each category for your age group.

2. Contest Timeframe: Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1, 2019 through midnight February 28, 2019. Submissions received after midnight on February 28, 2019 will not be accepted.

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

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

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

6. Original work: All entries must be original, unpublished work of the author. Traditionally or Self-published work, including articles and books in any format, cannot be submitted to this contest.

7. Judging: Entries will be judged anonymously and judges’ decisions will be final.

8. Score sheets: All entrants will receive their judge’s completed score sheet. For sample score sheets go to www.centraloregonwritersguild.com.

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

10. Notification to entrants: Each entrant will be notified via email that their entry has been received.

Please direct questions about the writing contest to: centraloregonwritersguild@gmail.com. Put the word CONTEST in the subject line.

QUESTIONS: 

Please direct questions to: centraloregonwritersguild@gmail.com

 

Ends on December 31, 2019$15.00 - 35.00
$15.00 - 35.00

2019 Membership in Central Oregon Writers Guild is effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.


RENEW by February 28, 2019.

All memberships starting March 1, 2019 are at New Member rate.