MUST register for conference to participate in contests

Want to honor or memorialize someone special? For a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE contribution of $500 or more, you can endow HRW's 2012 Nonfiction Prize in that person's name.

Registrants may submit one contest entry in each of the categories -- Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

First Place Winners receive -- $250

Second Place Winners receive -- $150

Third Place Winners receive -- $100

Honorable Mention Winners receive -- $75 tuition break at HRW's 2013 Writers’ Conference

Fiction -- Rusty Barnes
Nonfiction -- Mike D'Orso
Poetry -- Michael Khandelwal

  • In an effort to encourage new writers, the contest is open to amateur writers only.  Authors who have earned more than $300 in the last 12 months from sales of their work or from prize earnings from their work are considered professional and are ineligible to enter any of the contests.

  • All entries must be unpublished in print, in e-zines, on blogs, and on personal websites and must NOT have placed (1st, 2nd or 3rd) in ANY previous writing contest.

  • Authors may submit ONLY 1 work in each category.

  • Entries must be typed on 8x11-inch white paper, 12-point Times New Roman font, black ink, double spaced with 1-inch margins.

  • Entries must include a removable title page (e.g. paper clipped) that contains author’s name, address, category, and title of the work.

  • The title and page number must appear on each page in a header to the right. Do NOT include your name in the header.

  • Faxed and/or emailed entries will NOT be accepted.

  • Mailed entries must include the registration fee (if entrant hasn't previously registered for the conference) and must be in our office by Friday, July 27.

  • Entries, registration, and payment, should be mailed to:
    P.O. Box 7607
    Norfolk, VA 23509-0607

  • Failure to follow ANY of the rules will result in disqualification of entry.

  • All decisions by the judges are final, and all winners will be announced sometime between 4:30 – 5 PM on Saturday, September 22.

    Contestants MUST retrieve their contest entries immediately after the contest, or they will be discarded; we regret that we cannot mail them.

    The word count for each category is:
    o Fiction: One complete story, not to exceed 2500 words (NO CHAPTERS)

    o Nonfiction: One complete article, essay, or creative nonfiction submission, not to exceed 2500 words (NO CHAPTERS)

    o Poetry: One complete poem, not to exceed 100 lines

    Judges have been requested to offer confidential written comments on each entry; the length and type of comments are at the discretion of the judge.

    HRW is not responsible for lost or damaged submissions.

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