2019 Biennial Letters Competition

National Letters Chair:

Nancy Dafoe
Central New York Branch
Email: lettchair@nlapw.org

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General Guidelines

Open to all NLAPW Letters members in good standing. Previous Biennial or Vinnie Ream contest entries not accepted. No books or manuscripts will be returned.

Entries must be typed on 8 ½ x 11 white paper. Poetry single-spaced; prose is double-spaced. Use Times New Roman, 12-point font for all entries.

Decisions of the independent judges are final.

Submissions for the Biennial Letters competitions must be received between November 1 and December 13, 2019.

Competition winners will be notified in February 2020 in anticipation of the Biennial in April 2020. Winners will receive awards at the Biennial. If winner is not present, prize award will be sent to the winner sometime after May 1.

Specific Guidelines

Submit two copies of each entry with two cover sheets, except published books. One cover sheet will have your name and contact information. For blind judging, the other cover sheet will have only the title of your work and category (no name).

Place category number and title of your entry in the upper right-hand corner of the cover sheet on both copies. On the second cover sheet, include name, address, telephone number, and email address in the upper right-hand corner.

Submit only one published book (either traditionally or self-published). No manuscripts will be accepted for the book category.

Entry Fees

Poetry: $15 per entry covering up to two entries. Each entry consists of one to two poems. If you wish to submit more than two poems, you must pay an additional entry fee of $15 for each additional two-poem entry.

Article, Essay, or Short Story: $18 per entry. If you wish to submit multiple short stories or essays, you must pay an additional entry fee for each new entry.

Books and book excerpts and manuscripts (hard or paper cover): $25 per entry.

Entries may be sent via email or mail. Mailed entries (with check made payable to NLAPW) must be sent to NLAPW Letters Chair Nancy A. Dafoe, NLAPW,  1300 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-1973. For email entries, send attachments to lettchair@nlapw.org. Fees may also be paid at through PayPal (see below). Send questions to lettchair@nlapw.org.

Categories

A. MARION DOYLE POETRY AWARD
For poets “whose aim is communication; who believe poetry to be a medium of emotional release, of inspiration; that the mission of poetry is to build spiritual morale; to enrich life with perceptions; who have genius of expression, and lack of modern cynicism.” Poems may be any length. 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50.

B. MARJORIE DAVIES ROLLER NONFICTION AWARD
For the best nonfiction article or book (published or unpublished) on any subject. 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50.

C. NORMAN E. AND MARJORIE J. ROLLER AWARD
For best article, story, or book (published or unpublished) on wildlife or outdoor life, exclusive of physical contact sports. 1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $25.

D. ANITA MARIE BOGGS MEMORIAL POETRY AWARD
For a poem written in free verse (any length). 1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $30.

E. DELLA CROWDER MILLER POETRY AWARD
Established August 18, 1978. Awards for two categories:

a. Petrarchan Sonnets. 1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $30.

b. Free Verse (any length): 1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $30.

F.    CATHERINE CUSHMAN LEACH POETRY AWARD
Established September 19, 1978. For a poem of merit, published or unpublished. The poem may be on any subject and in any verse form except free verse. 1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $30.

G. ELIZABETH M. CAMPBELL POETRY AWARD
For a poem written in traditional form. 1st: $100; 2nd: $50.

H. HELEN SUTTON BOOTH NATIONAL MEMORIAL POETRY AWARD
Established October 11, 1986. For any traditional form of poetry of any length. 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50.

I. THE ANNE MARX SESTINA AWARD
Established April 9, 1998. For a poem in sestina form on the subject of immigration and/or cultural exchange. The award shall be in the amount of $250.

J. CENTRAL NEW YORK BRANCH FLANNERY O’CONNOR SHORT STORY AWARD
For an unpublished short story of 7,000 words or less on any subject, honoring the irony of O’Connor’s writing. 1st: $100; 2nd: $70; 3rd: $30.

K. DELTA BRANCH GRACE K. WOFFORD ESSAY AWARD
For an unpublished essay on any subject. 1st: $100; 2nd: $70; 3rd: $30.

L. MEMOIR AWARD
For a published or unpublished memoir excerpt of up to 20,000 words. 1st: $100; 2nd: $70; 3rd: $30.

M. SANDRA SEATON MICHEL CHILDREN’S BOOK OR STORY AWARD
For a children’s book or story (unpublished or published). 1st: $100; 2nd: $70; 3rd: $30.

N. SANDRA SEATON MICHEL MIDDLE SCHOOL STORY AWARD
For a book or short story (published or unpublished) for an age-appropriate middle school child. 1st: $100; 2nd: $70; 3rd: $30.

O. FICTION BOOK AWARD
For an unpublished manuscript or published book of fiction in any sub-genre. 1st: $200.

P. JOURNALISM AWARD
For an unpublished article, editorial, or feature story of high journalistic merit. 1st: $100; 2nd: $70; 3rd: $30.


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