There will not be a Members Only contest for the 2017 year.

Deadline – August 19, 2016 MIDNIGHT

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Only email submissions will be accepted. Send to: Mark as: BWG MOC.

  • All Work must be in New Times Roman – 12 pt.
  • Poetry: rhymed or unrhymed up to 25 lines
  • Fiction: up to 3,000 words
  • Nonfiction/Memoire: up to 3,000 words
  • Entries which do not FOLLOW ALL SPECIFICATIONS stated in these rules will be disqualified and not judged. RECHECK guidelines prior to submission!

COVER SHEET: Use a separate cover sheet for each entry. Put your name, complete address, telephone number, and email address 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 by the contest chairman 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ALL ENTRIES – This must be your original unpublished work. Public access on the Internet is publication. Each member may enter TWO SEPARATE CATEGORIES, for example: one fiction and one poem, or one nonfiction/memoire and one fiction, but not two fiction pieces, two poems or two non-fiction/memoire works. Each of the three categories (Fiction, Non-fiction/Memoire, and Poetry) must have at least five entries or the category will be cancelled. Each category will be independently judged by outside professionals.

FICTION AND NON-FICTION/MEMOIRE: 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 TO BE RECEIVED IN THE CHAIRMAN’S INBOX – Midnight on August 19, 2019. Only emailed entries are accepted.

Score Sheets will be returned to authors with any comments judges wish to share. Decisions of the judges are final.

AWARDS:  1 st place winners in each category will receive one year BWG Membership dues paid (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017). Certificates will be awarded for first through third places. Winners and awards will be presented at the Bridge to Publication Conference on Nov. 12, 2016.