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Students encouraged to enter New Mountain Voices writing competition

February 14, 2019

RIPLEY, W.Va. — West Virginia Writers, Inc., is accepting submissions for its annual contest for grades 1-12, the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest.

Submissions are accepted from Jan. 2 through March 15 (with a late deadline of March 31). The contest is free to enter and offers prizes in three age groups; grades 1-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

The contest offers six suggested writing prompts that students may choose to use for their submission. The topics this year include: “If I were President”; “Superfamily”; “Happy birthday to you”; “The hardest thing I did was...”; “The bully”; and “Not just a story.”

Alternately, students may create their own original story or poem to submit outside of the offered prompts.

“The prompts we suggest are just suggestions,” says contest coordinator Brad Mills. “Students may develop their own prompts and brainstorm as they like. If different prompts inspire their writing processes, we’d love to see what they can create with them.”

Each of the contest’s three age groups will have their own 1st-, 2nd-and 3rd-place winners, as well as honorable mentions, with 1st place winning $100, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25.

There are no fees to enter the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, though only students who are residents of West Virginia are eligible.

This year’s contest encourages entering via Submittable, though paper entries are welcome, as well. The West Virginia Writers Submittable webpage is atwestvirginiawriters.submittable.com.

Winners will be announced June 8 in an awards ceremony during West Virginia Writers annual Writers Conference, held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. All winners, including honorable mentions, will receive certificates suitable for framing.

For official contest entry forms, contest rules and the Frequently Asked Questions List concerning the contest, please visit the contest webpage at wvwriters.org/contest. html. Or email contest coordinator, Brad Mills, at wvwcontest@gmail.com.