Reading period open September 1, 2015 to December 15, 2015
We are happy to announce our Fall, 2015 writing contest. Poets! Essayists! Memoirists! Fiction Writers! Send us the work you feel stuck about — up to three poems or 3,000 words of prose (stand alone essays, excerpts, chapters) — and Sheila will respond to your work within a week with guidance as to where to go next. You can then send in your revision by the close of our reading period and those revisions will be entered into the final judging by guest judge Stan Rubin.
Prizes for three winners are the choice of free tuition for a Writing It Real online class or an hour’s consulting time on up to three poems or 3,000 words of prose. Remember, whether you are a prize winner or not, everyone wins, because as usual Sheila will read your initial entry and give you response to use in revising and resubmitting before the final deadline.
Our Contest Goes Like this:
- Submit your entry of 1 to 3 poems or 3,000 words of prose.
- Receive Sheila’s comments
- Revise your entry (if you’d like to)
- Submit revision for final judging by the reading period deadline of 12/15/15; otherwise, we will use the original of the work you entered.
At Writing It Real, we believe the writing is in the revising. In that spirit our contests are about receiving detailed response to a draft and having our entrants send revisions in for consideration by a guest judge, who chooses three place winners.
- Submit your poem and Sheila Bender will respond in detail via email within a week after receiving your entry. When you revise the work it may exceed the initial word limit.
- Pay the reading fee of $15, which entitles the entrant to detailed response and a chance to win editing time or a class with Sheila.
- There is no additional reading fee for the re-entry. If entrants do not submit a revision, their original entry goes on to final judging. Not a member yet? Please become a member and send in your entry.
Sheila wants everyone to be a winner, and by receiving her detailed response to your submitted writing, you get a jumpstart in making your writing sing.
All (with the author’s permission) winning writing will be published in Writing It Real.
The sooner you enter, the more time you’ll have for revision. Please submit your writing soon.
The Logistics of How to Enter
If you are a member, log into Writing It Real and then click the Buy Now button below. You then pay your entry fee ($15) and submit your entry. If you are not a current Writing It Real member, it’s easy to join and enter the contest in one payment. You’ll receive the many benefits of belonging to Writing It Real, including being able to enter other contests during the year to receive Sheila’s response.
Our online form allows you to pay your fee via Visa or Mastercard. Your entry must be attached as a Microsoft Word or .rft document. We will not be able to read submissions that are in any other file type. NOTE: If you are unable after paying to upload your entry using the form (some browsers have been giving entrants trouble with the form) do send the entry as an attachment to email to email@example.com with “initial contest entry” in the subject line. Either way, put all the poems into one Word document. If you want to use the form for re-entry that is good but if you are having trouble, again, use email and mark the re-entry as such in the subject line.
If you’d like to submit hard copy, mail a copy of your entry along with a check to Writing It Real, 394 Colman Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Remember to include your email address.
Again, entrants receive Sheila’s detailed response within a week of receipt of the document. The detailed response is guaranteed to speed you on your way to a finished piece.
And again, our contest reading fee is $15.00 for Writing It Real Members. Click the buy button below and, after making your payment, you will be sent to a page where you can upload your submission or just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send it as a .doc, .docx or an .rtf file (most word processing programs allow you to save in one or more of these formats).
Do not put your name on the submission. Your name can be in the form/email.
If you are already a member, be sure to login
now, then you’ll only pay the $15 reading fee for your contest submission.The contest fee for nonmembers is $50 and includes a $35 Lift Off level year’s membership to Writing It Real, plus the contest reading fee of $15. Please use the buy button below to join now. After you submit your payment, you will be routed to the contest submission form. You can upload it as a .doc, .docx or an .rtf file (most word processing programs allow you to save in one or more of these formats). Do not put your name on the submission. Your name and email is on the form you fill out.
If you have questions, email us. If you prefer, send your double-spaced manuscript and a check to:
Writing It Real Contest
394 Colman Drive
Port Townsend, WA 98368
If you do a paper submission, include a cover letter with your name, address, email address and phone number as well as the name of your submitted pieces. Do not put your name on the submissions themselves.