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Young Writers Contest begins

January 24, 2014
The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia Young Writers Contest, which has recognized the best student writing in the state for more than 30 years, is accepting entries for its 2014 contest.

Writing for a contest or for assessment must be part of a wider writing program of writing throughout the school year in all classes, researching to support information and argument writing, and publishing, displaying, and recognizing student writing.

Teachers and administrators in each county emphasize writing and encourage students to submit writing for judging, first at the school and then the county level. Writings submitted for judging may be on any topic and must be composed during the current school year, during school hours and supervised by a teacher.

Submissions may be in any prose genre: fiction, nonfiction, narrative, memoir, or essays of informative, opinion, or argument. Poetry will be disqualified.

Teachers affiliated with Central WV Writing Project at Marshall University will judge entries analytically and holistically.

State winners will be notified in April 2014 but not announced publicly until West Virginia Young Writers Day, May 9, at the University of Charleston. Entries will be judged on Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions.

Entries submitted for state competition at categories below must not exceed word length limits:

Entries must be word-processed and double-spaced on 8inches by 11 inch paper. Each entry must be titled. The student's name and other identifying information may not appear on the entry. A Cover Sheet and Permission Release and Website Form must also be completed.

Only YWC County Coordinators may submit entries to the state level contest because no entries will be directly accepted from students, teachers, or other school personnel. Deadlines will not be extended.

Students in private schools within the Upshur County School district may participate. Private school and home school entries are to be submitted to John Haymond, Director of Curriculum/WVYW Coordinator for Upshur County Schools by 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

Please contact the Board of Education office at 304-472-5480 for the proper cover sheet, website form, and permission release form. Winning entries submitted from private schools and home schooled students must be judged at the county level with the public school entries.

First place county winners from each of the six contest categories will receive certificates commemorating their achievement and be treated to programs and workshops with published authors/presenters on WV Young Writers Day at the University of Charleston on May 9.

State winners in each of the six contest categories will receive a check of $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.

Additional information is available online at



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