2011 News

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Three young men from local high schools carried away First, Second and Third Places, and an Honorable Mention in the Bayou Writers’ Group 2011 Young Writers’ Contest. All winners are invited to attend the 2011 Bridge to Publication Conference free of charge. There were cash prizes as well.

Kenneth Caruthers of St. Louis High School, Lake Charles, won First Place and $25 for his “The Poisonwood Bible on the Oregon Trail;

Kyle Franklin from DeRidder High School took Second and Third Places for “Sheep Creatures of Evil:  A Philosophical Essay” and “Let There Be Light,” respectively; his cash prizes were $15 and $10;

Hathaway High School’s Matt Myers won Honorable Mention for “Lost Island.”

CONGRATULATIONS to these three fine young writers, who won from a field of entrants in the five-parish area.


LATEST CONTEST NEWS:

All contests are closed now and the judging process has begun! Good luck to members and young writers.

To date we have received close to forty submissions to the Young Writers Contest! It’s very exciting. And, remember, the contest is open to submissions until June 3 (received or postmarked), so continue to get the word out and the entries in.

SEE BELOW TWO CONTEST OPPORTUNITIES

2011 MEMBERS-ONLY WRITING CONTEST

 

BWG presents its third Members-Only Contest.  Categories are fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  Judging will be done by qualified professionals and may include comments and suggestions on each entry and score sheet.  Rules are below.  Submission deadline is JUNE 4, 2011. Winners will receive a certificate and free BWG Membership for 2012 (from January 2012 to December 2012).

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (RULES)

Poetry:  rhymed or unrhymed                                                               up to 25 lines

Fiction or nonfiction                                                                              up to 3,000 words

COVER SHEET: Use a separate cover sheet for each entry.  Put your name, complete address, telephone number, and email address (if applicable) in the upper left-hand corner.  In the upper right- hand corner, list category and number of words or lines (whichever is applicable).  Double space six times and center the title.  Double space again and type the first line of your story/poem (to avoid confusion in case of a title being used by more than one member).  DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON ANY OTHER PAGE!Cover sheets will be kept in a special envelope by the President for identification of the winning entries and will not be sent to the judges with the submissions.

 

ALL ENTRIES

This must be your original unpublished work.  Publication on the Internet is publication.  Use font size 12 and Times New Roman only.  Text should be on one side of each page.  Each member may enter ONE PIECE IN TWO SEPARATE CATEGORIES, for example:  one fiction and one poem, or one nonfiction and one fiction, but not two fiction pieces! Each category must have at least five entries or the category will be cancelled.

FICTION AND NONFICTION: Entries must be typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins.  For the first page, double space eight times from the top of the page, center the title, double space again, and begin the story.  On each succeeding page of story, type title and page number in the upper right- hand corner WITHOUT AUTHOR’S NAME.

 

POETRY: Poems must be typed but may be single-spaced and may begin at the top of the page.  List number of text lines in upper right-hand corner.  On each succeeding page, type title and page number in upper right-hand corner WITHOUT AUTHOR’S NAME.

 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS NOON (12:00 PM) AT THE JUNE 4TH, 2011 MEETING!

 

Emailed entries are not accepted.    If a member lives out of town, he/she may mail in their submission(s).  Fasten cover sheet and three copies of your submission with a large paperclip.  DO NOT STAPLE ANYTHING! Entries which do not conform to these rules will be disqualified and not judged.  Judges often write comments directly on the submission.  Each entry will be judged but we cannot guarantee all judges will write comments on either the score sheet or submission.  Decisions of the judges are final.

WINNERS AND AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE SEPTEMBER 2011 MEETING!

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2011 YOUNG WRITERS’ CONTEST

 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

  • There is no theme.  You may submit fiction or nonfiction.
  • Submissions must be received (postmarked) by June 3, 2011.
  • You may submit up to two entries.
  • Word count cannot exceed 2,000 words.
  • BWG reserves the right to cancel the contest if fewer than six entries are received.
  • Open to all public high-school/home-schooled students* who reside in the following parishes:

♦          Allen              ♦          Calcasieu                   ♦          Jeff Davis

♦          Beauregard    ♦          Cameron

*May 2011 graduates ARE eligible.  8th-graders must be promoted to 9th-grade at the end of the 2010-2011 school year with proof.

  • Submissions must be DS (double spaced) with a 12-pt font and be typed in Times New Roman.  No hand-written entries accepted.  Use one-inch margins on all pages beginning on page 1.
  • Please include a separate cover sheet with the following information for each entry, double-spacing (DS) between each item:

Title

DS

by Author’s Name

DS

Name of School

DS

Parents’ contact # and/or email address

  • Only previously unpublished material is accepted.

However, the writer may have other material(s) published.

  • Number all pages (excluding cover sheet, including page one).  Writer’s name shall appear no where on the submission except for the cover sheet.
  • Make three copies of your entry, and staple each one separately in the upper left-hand corner for independent judging.  Attach your cover sheet to the front of all copies with a paperclip for easy removal.  The judges must not know who they are reading.
  • Mail your entry to:

Bayou Writers’ Group

Attn:  Young Writers’ Contest

P.O. Box 1402

Lake Charles, La 70602

  • Winners will be notified by phone/email by July 2, 2011.
  • Judges may write comments on your entry.

Student grade disclaimer:  What grades the winners are in will be verified from supporting documents/or other verifications, such as:  official report card from parent, or parent(s) verbal agreement.  If proper assurances cannot be received, other winner(s) will be chosen.