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2020 PNWA WRITING CONTEST RULES:

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Contest rules apply for all categories. Failure to follow instructions will result in contest disqualification.

Note: Category 12 Screenwriting has its own specific rules.  Only digital entries accepted. Deadline is March 27th, 2020 by midnight. Entry limit: 50 entries only

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  1. All entries must be ORIGINAL and NOT previously accepted for publication or production by contest deadline.
  2. Digital Entries must be RECEIVED by March 27th, 2020 by midnight.
  3. Paper Entries are CLOSED. Only entries postmarked by by MARCH 17th, 2020 will be considered.
  4. Category Restrictions:
  • An author may enter separate unique works in different categories. 
  • Only ONE entry per category.
  • Entries from previous PNWA contests may be revised and re-entered (except for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning entries from previous years which may NOT be re-entered).
  • Each entry must use a separate entry form and pay a separate fee.
  • For categories 1 - 8 which require a synopsis: The synopsis must be 1 page ONLY and must the first page of your entry.

     4. All entries MUST:

  • Be in English and the author’s original work (no plagiarism or fan fiction).
  • Be attached in one of these formats: DOC, DOCX. NO PDF's will be accepted.
  • Be double-spaced. (Category 12 has different entry requirements)
  • Have 1” margins all around.
  • Use an unjustified (ragged) right margin.
  • 12 point Times New Roman or Times (Mac). If you are using a typewriter, you may use either Elite or Pica type.
  • All pages of the submission must have the category number, manuscript title, and page number listed in the upper right-hand corner. (Category number, manuscript title and page number DO NOT need to fall within the 1” margin requirement.)
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph. (Read Category 12 requirements separately)
  • Indicate scene breaks (such as: POV/Location/Time change) by three spaced asterisks. (Except Category 12)
  • Processing Fee for All Entries:  All entries include a $2 processing fee to cover printing costs, the envelope, and postage to mail your critiques.

      5. DO NOT include picture, images, or drawings of any kind.

      6. Your name must NOT appear on any page of the manuscript. Your name should only be located on your email account from which you are sending the entry from.

      7. NO re-submissions or page replacements allowed. 

      8. Exceeding maximum page or word count limit will result in disqualification.

      9. Non-refundable fee for each entry:

  • PNWA member: $37.00
  • Non-member: $52.00

    10. Failure to follow instructions will result in disqualification. Should your entry be disqualified, you will receive an email stating the reason for disqualification. We will not except re-submissions. 


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