Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our 2013 contest of the theme of AIR

Burnaby Writers’ Society

Deadline May 31


. Open to all residents of British Columbia, except members of the BWS screening committee. Work must be previously unpublished, and not accepted for publication.

1. How to Enter
. Send us a complete one page work of poetry, prose poetry or prose (fiction, non-fiction or unclassifiable), on the theme of AIR. The theme can be interpreted in any way you like – airborne, the air we breathe, light as air, airs and graces, airing the news, a musical air, the birds of the air or any other association that may occur to you. Work can be in any form or genre, as long as it will fit on one side of a standard 8 1/2" x 11” sheet of paper with standard margins. Entries may be single or double-spaced, word-processed or typewritten. For the sake of the judges’ eyesight, please use an easy to read font no smaller than 12 point. Clear photocopies are acceptable.

. Write your name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address on the reverse side of each entry. (Please don't put your name on the story itself. Entries will be photocopied, without identification, before they are submitted to the judges.)

. Include a fee of $5.00 for each submitted entry; or $10 for three entries. Please do not send cash. Cheques or money orders should be made payable to the Burnaby Writers' Society. (If you are sending several entries, include one cheque or m.o. to cover the total fee.) You may submit any number of entries, as long as each is accompanied by the requisite fee.

2. Judging and Prizes

. Cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 Canadian will be awarded to the top three entries. Only one cash prize will be awarded per contestant. At the discretion of the judges, honourable mentions may also be awarded. These will receive a one-year subscription to the Burnaby Writers' Society's market and resource newsletter. The judges’ decisions will be final. If the judges feel no award is warranted, none will be given.

. Winners will be notified by September 15, 2013, and will be invited to read their winning entries at a public reading and awards night. (Entries by winners unable to attend in person will, with the author's permission, be read by a BWS member.) .

NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. For a list of winning entries, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope; or check the BWS website, www.bws.bc.ca , after September 15, 2013.

. Because of the large number of submissions, the BWS cannot correspond with contestants or supply individual comments on entries. The BWS is not responsible for entries lost or damaged in the mail. All rights remain with the authors.

. Mail your entry, postmarked no later than May 31, 2013, to BWS CONTEST COMMITTEE, 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby BC Canada V5G 3T7. (No e-mail entries, please.)


Franci said...

Hi, I'm just wondering about the history of awards...have there always been BWS contest 'finalists'? Are 'honourable mentions' more rare? I may have gotten mixed up with some of the credits for my poems & wonder if the history is available. For example, circa 1980 when I first entered. Then there was a large/long hiatus in my participation. Apologies for my lack of membership now. Have told a local group 'I'm not joining anything this year' so want to keep myself honest. Cheers.

Eileen Kernaghan said...

Hi, Franci.

There has always been, as far as I can remember, a list of finalists (which go on to the final judge), but only one or two honourable mentions each year. I'll dig through the files and see if I can uncover your history.