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PNWA Writing Contest Category Rules

Please refer to the category specific rules below.

 

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DIGITAL entries must be RECEIVED by MIDNIGHT  MARCH 27th, 2020.

PAPER entries are closed. All entries must be postmarked by March 17th, 2020, and must be mailed in (see address in right side-bar.) The Cottage is closed until further notice.

 

NOTE: Requirements that apply to all categories are stated in the Contest Rules; those that are specific to each category are listed here.

 

CATEGORIES:

 

1. Mainstream/ Literary
2. Historical
3. Romance/Women's Fiction
4. Mystery/Thriller/Horror
5. Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal
6. Young Adult (ages 12-18)

7. Middle Grade (ages 8-12)
8. Nonfiction/Memoir
9. Short Story
10. Children's Picture/Chapter Book
11. Adult Short Topics (Article/Essay/Short Memoir)
12. Screenplay & TV Pilots (50 entry limit)

 

First portion of BOOK-LENGTH WORKS: Fiction & Nonfiction

Submission Guidelines for categories 1 - 8:

 

 

Digital

  

Paper

Maximum Length  (including Synopsis + Entry )

6500 words

 

27 Pages

1 Page Synopsis

Yes

 

Yes

Starting with your synopsis, then prologue or Chapter One.

Yes

 

Yes

Entire entry double spaced

Yes

 

Yes

12 point Times New Roman or Times (Mac)

Yes

 

Yes

1" inch margin with standard first line indents

Yes

 

Yes

Header on upper right hand corner with Title, Category number, and Page #  Yes Yes
 Do NOT put your name anywhere on the entry
   

 

Synopsis: Never written a synopsis before? Trying to tame a too long synopsis? Check out the Contest FAQ section for links to tips and tricks.

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SHORT WORKS: Fiction & Nonfiction

Submission Guidelines for categories 9 - 11

 

 

Digital

  

Paper

Maximum length:

3000 words

 

14 Pages

Entire entry double spaced

Yes

 

Yes

12 point Times New Roman or Times (Mac)

Yes

 

Yes

1" margins with standard first line indents

Yes

 

Yes

 Header on upper right hand corner with Title, Category number, and Page #  Yes Yes
 Do NOT put your name anywhere on the entry
   

 

Category 9: Short Story 

  • Submit one complete fiction short story for adult readers.
  • May be mainstream or genre fiction.

 

Category 10: CHILDREN’S PICTURE/CHAPTER BOOK

 

Submit one of the two listed below:                                              

  • Text for a picture book (no illustrations/images of any kind); use standard double-spaced manuscript format.
  • The first 3,000 words of a children’s chapter book.

                    

Category 11: ADULT SHORT TOPICS (Article/Essay/Short Memoir)

  • Submit one complete article, essay, or short memoir.

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NEW CATEGORY THIS YEAR: Please pay attention to the unique submission guidelines below.

 

Category 12:  Screenplay & TV Pilots

Note: There is an entry cap on this category - only 50 entries will be accepted.

The judging criteria is based primarily on the overall quality of the script, including storytelling ability and fundamental screenplay components (e.g. dialogue, plot, structure, and characterization). Concept marketability and originality are also taken into consideration. Best piece of advice we can give all writers is to submit material that highlights your unique voice--what separates your script from the pack. Although we're strict on judging, all types of genres and styles are fair game. In the past, winning scripts have ranged from animated comedies, to microbudget indies, to dramas, true stories, and everything in-between. We're simply looking for stellar writing.

 

Basic guidelines:

  • Cover page should include the title, but remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.) from the script. Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred, but not required. If contact info is left on the script, we'll adjust the file accordingly—the writer will not be disqualified.
  • Co-writers are allowed. Just list each writer's name when registering your script.
  • PDF preferred, but will accept Final Draft and other file formats.
  • Script should be a feature-length screenplay. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it's a multi-part series, please send only the first part.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed (i.e., you can enter other screenwriting contests with the same script).
  • Previous Script Pipeline competition entrants welcome to enter again and are guaranteed fresh reads from a new judge. Former finalists are not allowed to enter the same script again.
  • All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not.
  • Electronic submissions only.

Some general rules:

  • The script entered must not have been produced in its full form. (Shorts based on the script are fine.)
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.
  • No restrictions on money earned as a writer, as long as the script entered has not been sold and is not under option at the time of entry.

 



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