NEOWA 2016 Writing Contest Rules

2016 NEOWA Excellence in Craft Writing Contest Guidelines



                1. Best Column, Newspaper
                2. Best Column, Magazine
                3. Best Article, Newspaper
                4. Best Article, Magazine
                5. Best Opinion, Newspaper
                6. Best Opinion, Magazine
                7. Best Humor, Newspaper
                8. Best Humor, Magazine
                9. Best Outdoor  Coverage by a Newspaper*
              10.  Best Book*

                Newspapers are defined as a broadsheet or tabloid publication published on a daily or weekly basis.
Magazines are published on a frequency of less than once a week, with the exception of weekly magazines such as Sports Illustrated. Electronically published entries will be accepted.


II Prizes:
               Award certificates will be given for first, second and third place, except there will be a single winner in the Outdoor Coverage by a Newspaper category. In the case of a tie, all winners for that place will receive awards.

 There is a limit of one entry per category. If less than two people enter a category, there will be no contest in that category. If less than four entries in a category are received, only first place will be awarded.

III Entries:
                The contest is open to all Active and Associate members. Writing must have been published between Jan. 1, 2016 - Dec. 31, 2016 inclusive.
                A $10 entry fee covers all writing contest submissions (an additional fee is required for the photo contest).
                Magazine and newspaper entries for column, article, opinion and humor categories must include:
                1. An original tear sheet or a copy that shows the author's name, date of publication, and name of publication (write the contest category on the tear sheet).  Originals will not be returned.
                2. Three anonymous hard copies of each entry with the title and contest category marked at the top of the first page. Copies of the published story will not be accepted. You must send anonymous copies of your hard copy.                

                3. Entries must be easily readable (for the sake of the judges). Do not submit light or darkened copies. 
                4. A story may be entered only once. For example, a story being entered as a column can't be entered again as an article.
                *Each Best Outdoor Coverage by a Newspaper entry must include four (4) sets of three best tear sheets or copies from the year so that the entries may be judged on how well a newspaper covers the outdoors, year-round. A story appearing on a tear sheet for this category will not disqualify that story from being entered in another category. 
                *Each Book entry must include four original books.  Because of increased handling, books will be considered as donations and will not be returned.  
                Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2017. Failure to follow all rules will result in disqualification. Winners are requested to send electronic copies of their winning stories to be posted on the NEOWA Web site.

IV Submissions: Mail writing entries to NEOWA Writing Contest, c/o Marc Folco, 22 Saint Lawrence St., Acushnet MA 02743. For more information contact Marc at email: or call 508-971-5131.

Winners will be notified before the annual meeting.             

NEOWA will not be responsible for lost or damaged material.
If you would like confirmation that your entry was received, you may choose any of the following options:

1. Ship with a Delivery Confirmation.

2. Send a self-addressed, stamped postcard.

3. Send a note requesting e-mail confirmation; be sure to include your e-mail address.