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Once again W@W is pleased to continue its long tradition of its Annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
Awarded in each category:
First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2016 conference, and a featured reading during the conference
Second Place: $250.
Third Place: $200 conference tuition reduction.
- Any writer who has not yet published, nor is under contract to publish, a book-length volume of original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript (self-published books are okay).
- Previous winners are not eligible in the genre in which they have won.
- Board members are prohibited from submitting manuscripts during their tenure on the board.
- Current and former students of the judges are ineligible to submit in the judges’ respective genres.
- Your submission must have all identifying information removed, including in the submission file name. If your name appears in the submission or its file name, your entry will be disqualified. There will be no refunds.
- Submit unpublished work only: Work appearing in online journals is considered published. Work on personal websites or blogs, however, is considered unpublished.
- Please do not submit selections from a self-published book.
- You may enter multiple submissions per category and/or submissions in multiple categories. The non-refundable entry fee is required for each entry.
- Please submit your work through our online submissions manager. The submissions manager keeps a record of your name, contact information, and submitted texts. This information is kept blind from the readers and judges.
- W@W Fellowship Competition no longer accepts paper submissions.
- If your work is accepted elsewhere for publication before the contest deadline, please withdraw your manuscript in Submittable. Note: The entry fee is non-refundable.
- You may make changes to your submitted manuscript(s) up to the contest deadline. However, no changes can be made to manuscripts after the contest deadline.
Genre Specific Guidelines
Fiction judged by Peter Ho Davies
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished short story or novel excerpt of up to 5,000 words or 20 pages (whichever comes first). For novel excerpts, do not include a novel synopsis. Please indicate the word count of your submission on the first page. Submissions should be in a standard font and size. Submit only one work per entry. Remove all identifying information from your submission, including from the file name.
Creative Nonfiction judged by Kerry Howley
Submit a double-spaced, unpublished essay of up to 5,000 words or 20 pages (whichever comes first). Please indicate the word count of your submission on the first page. Submissions should be in a standard font and size. Submit only one work per entry. Remove all identifying information from your submission. This includes the body of the manuscript (change names if necessary) and the submission file name.
Poetry judged by Tarfia Faizullah
Submit up to six unpublished poems. Do not include multiple poems on a page. Total submission may be no longer than 10 pages. Submissions should be in a standard font and size. Remove all identifying information from your submission, including from the file name.
$25 per entry.
Submissions open November 15, 2015, and close January 31, 2016.
*Contest Code of Ethics
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. Intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree (1) to conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.