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President’s Contests

2018 President’s Contest 
 

 

Annual President’s Contest Rules

MWG President’s Contests are open to active members of the Missouri Writers Guild with membership dues paid in full for 2017-18 prior to entering, and this year, many categories are also open to NON-members! You may enter more than one contest, but only one entry per contest. An editor of a multiple-author anthology must be a member and can enter the complete book, with individual authors published in the anthology eligible to enter their work in appropriate individual categories.

Works must have been published during the previous calendar year (2017).

The entry fee for each contests is $20.

Deadline for all submissions is March 20th of the contest year (2018).

Mail submission and entry fee(s) to:

Missouri Writers’ Guild President’s Contest
c/o Richard Snelson, VP MWG and Contest Coordinator
7563 Business US 51
Clinton, Illinois 61727

Contest judges will be announced at a later date.

Submission materials will not be returned.

Include check or money orders payable to the Missouri Writers’ Guild (Please note we are not using PayPal for this contest, since entries are sent by US Mail.)

Walter Williams Award

First Prize: $100, a plaque, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Second Prize: $50, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Third Prize: $25, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Named in honor of the founder of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. This should be a major work, whether in book form or in some other form of publication, that is worthy of special recognition because of research or the high literary quality involved in its creation.

The award is open to any type of publication or production including fiction, non-fiction, scripts, poetry (poetry collection in book form), books, and anthologies. Self-published books are not allowed in this category.

“Show Me” Best Book Award (Sponsored by Missouri Life)

First Prize: $50, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Second Prize: $25, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Third Prize: $20, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

This is an award for a work published in book form; fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. The book must have Missouri incorporated into it, showing the appreciation for the people, land, and culture of the state.

Best Anthology

First Prize: $50, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Second Prize: $25, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

Third Prize: $20, a certificate, and recognition at the May MWG Conference

 

To join MWG visit our website and apply on line.

https://missouriwritersguild.org/membership-account/membership-application/

 

Additional Categories for 2018

NON-members may enter the following contests:

Best Book Cover Design

This is a new award for our graphic artist members and future members. Please submit a color copy of your published book cover design. We welcome graphic artists doing cover design that enter this contest and hope to offer them table space at our May convention to display their work.

Best Juvenile Book

This award is for a work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published in book form. The book must be written for and show appreciation for children—those “pint-sized” beings who are our greatest critics.

Best Magazine Article (Does not have to be paid in dollars)

Best Newspaper Article (Does not have to be paid in dollars)

Best Column (Does not have to be paid in dollars)

Best Short Story

May be published in a magazine, newspaper, book, or anthology, and be paid in dollars or copies.

Best Juvenile Short Work

This would include short stories, magazine or newspaper articles, and poetry which could be published in a book or anthology. Should be for children and paid in dollars or copies.

Best Poem

May be published in a magazine, newspaper, book, or anthology, and be paid in dollars or copies.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. In cases of co-authorship, both authors must meet this criteria. The editor of a multiple-author anthology must be a member and can enter the complete book, with individual authors published in the anthology eligible to enter their work in appropriate individual categories.
  2. All works must have been published, presented, or performed in the 2017 calendar year. The Entry fee for all contests is $20.
  3. Entries must have received a royalty or fee for the writer, whether from a publisher or through self-publishing royalties. Payment in contributor copies does not count, except for categories:  Best Short Story, Best Poem, and Best Short Juvenile.
  4. For all other categories, the writer must have been paid by the publisher, including self-publishing royalties, for publication for his or her work.
  5. Audio or electronic entries (book, newspaper or magazine) may be entered in any appropriate category.
  6. A member may enter multiple categories.
  7. A member may enter only one submission per category.
  8. A member may not submit the same work in more than one category.
  9. Use your own judgement as to which category is the most appropriate.
  10. All books must have an ISBN number.

Submission Procedures for President’s Contests

Poor quality submissions will be disqualified. Your entry represents the Missouri Writers’ Guild to the judges. Therefore, entries that are tattered, smeared, difficult to read, poor quality photocopy, or otherwise unprofessional looking may be disqualified. Must include publication data including date.

  1. Books:
    Send one copy (1) of print book. Send tape and manuscript of audio book. Send disk and printout of e-book. Books will not be returned, but donated to libraries, schools, or Missouri Writers’ Guild chapters.
  2. Newspaper article, magazine article, Short story, Short juvenile, poem:
    Send one (1) copy of each entry, as published. (NO manuscript printout except for audio works.) Photocopies are acceptable for articles and poems. Send printout of electronic publications, manuscript of audio.
  3. Columns:
    Send copies of three (3) representative columns as published. (NO manuscript printout except for audio works.) Photocopies are acceptable for columns.
  4. Scripts: Send manuscript; include date and place of production, number of performances, and audience composition. Audio or video tape of performance is optional.
  5. Materials submitted for the contest will not be returned.
  6. With each entry, send two (2) copies of a cover sheet which includes:
    1. The writer’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
    2. The category and title of the work(s). (e.g., Walter Williams Award),
    3. For books: the publisher’s name and date of publication
    4. For short works: the name and date of publication, as shown on tear-sheet or copyright page, or name and date of performance, as shown on program and disk.
    5. Entry fee:
      Entry fees should be remitted by check or money order (ONLY) payable to the Missouri Writers’ Guild (MWG), Entry fee in all categories is $20.

7. Disqualification: Entries which do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified and the entry fee will not be returned. Any entries not meeting the requirements of these rules may be disqualified at the discretion of the contest coordinator of the Missouri Writers’ Guild Contest.

  1. Acknowledgement: Entries may be acknowledged if entrants include a stamped, self-addressed postcard with the words, “Your entry was received on ___________________.” We will also acknowledge by email if you include your email address on a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Entry period/deadline: Submissions for the President’s Contests must be postmarked between Feb 1, 2018, and midnight March 20, 2018. MWG is not responsible for any lost or misdirected mail or mail with insufficient postage.
  3. Address: Mail entries with sufficient postage to:

Missouri Writers’ Guild President’s Contest
c/o Richard Snelson, Contest Coordinator
7563 Business US 51
Clinton, Illinois 61727

  1. For questions, contact Richard Snelson, VP MWG at rsnelson0984@mchsi.com
    Put MWG Contest Question in the subject line of the email.

Awards

Names of contest winners, sponsors, and judges will be posted on the MWG web site in May 2018 and published in the MWG summer 2018 newsletter.

  1. Walter Williams Awards are: First place receives $100, a plaque and a certificate, second place receives a $50 and a certificate, third place receives $25 and a certificate. Honorable mentions may be named at the discretion of the judges and will receive certificates.
  2. “Show Me” Your Best Book Awards are: First place receives $50 and a certificate, second place receives $25 and a certificate, third place receives $20 and a certificate. Honorable mentions may be named at the discretion of the judges and will receive certificates.
  3. Best Juvenile Book Awards are: First place receives $50 and a certificate, second place receives $25 and a certificate, third place receives $20 and a certificate. Honorable mentions may be named at the discretion of the judges and will receive certificates.
  4. Other Category Awards are: First place receives $35 and a certificate, second place receives $20 and a certificate, third place receives $10 and a certificate. Honorable mentions may be named at the discretion of the judges and will receive certificates.
  5. In accordance with Article X, section 3 of the MWG bylaws: Awards may be given at the judges’ discretion. If there are fewer than seven entries in any category, except for the Walter Williams Award, no prizes will be given in that category, unless in the judges’ opinion, the work submitted is of such quality as to merit recognition. Similarly, the Walter Williams Award may be withheld if in the opinion of the judges, no material of sufficient literary merit is submitted.
  6. Awards Presentation. The Annual Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference will be held at the Hilton Inn, Columbia, Missouri. The awards will be presented at the banquet on the evening of May 19, 2018.

 


2017 President’s Contests Winners

Walter Williams Award

1st Place               The History of Fort Leonard Wood                                           Paul W. Bass

2nd Place              Bushwhacker Belles: The Sisters, Wives, and                        Larry Wood

                              Girlfriends of the Missouri Guerrillas 

3rd Place              Thunder Beneath My Feet                                                           Carolyn Mulford

Honorable Mention:        Chlamydia                                                                       Mary-Lane Kamberg

 

“Show Me” Your Best Award

1st Place               Born by the River                                                                         Jenness Clark

2nd Place              Ozarks Recipes: Momma’s, Mine, and                                   Marilyn K. Smith

                              Others & Maybe a Tale or Two 

3rd Place              Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show                             Donna Ross, writing as Fedor Amis

 

Best Juvenile Book Award

1st Place               Ruth Law – The Queen of the Air                                              Billie Holladay Skelley

2nd Place              Two Cats and a Dog: Buddy and the                                       Marilyn Hope Lake

                              Grandcats

 

Best Magazine Article Award

1st Place               “A Deadly Global Enemy”                                                          Billie Holladay Skelley

2017 Almanac for Farmer’s & City Folk

2nd Place              “Bicentennial Bash”                                                                    Diana West

Home and Away

3rd Place              “The Year Without a Summer”                                                 Larry Wood

Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac

Honorable Mention          “A Woodland Oasis in the Midst of Town”             Sylvia Forbes

Missouri Gardener Magazine Jul/Aug 2016

 

Best Newspaper Article Award

1st Place               “Little Dixie Heritage Homes Tour”                                         Elizabeth “Liz” Davis

Boonville Daily News

2nd Place              “Children’s Hour and Aunt Norma”                                        Marilyn K. Smith

Buffalo Reflex

 

Best Column Award

1st Place               Health Column in Show Me the Ozarks                                  Billie Holladay Skelley

“Losing the Human Factor”

“Back Injuries in Caregivers”

“Children Need Parental Attention”

2nd Place              Historically Yours column in Boonville Daily News              Elizabeth “Liz” Davis

“Run for the Roses”

“Clydesdales make American History”

“History fades from Boonville Skyline

3rd Place              Column in Buffalo Reflex                                                           Marilyn K. Smith

“Remembering Avalon Park”

“Fellows Lake”

“Valley Water Mill Dam and Spillway”

 

Best Short Story Award

1st Place               “It doesn’t Have to Touch You”                                                Jarrett Kaufman

2nd Place              “A Couple with Common Cents”                                              Ryan Edison

3rd Place              “WWII Veterans Marched in Protest in 1946”                     Marilyn K. Smith

 

Best Poem Award

1st Place               “I Am the Whisper”

Interpretations 4, Columbia Art League publication            Karen Mocker Dabson

2nd Place              “Alone on Stage”                                                                         Billie Holladay Skelley

Well Versed: Under Lock and Key

3rd Place             “Garden Memories”                                                                    Marilyn Hope Lake

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