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New for 2016 . . .

● Three Categories ● Bigger Cash Prizes
● Critiques for the "Most Promising" entries

2016 Guidelines, Rules, and Entry Form

Writers-Editors Network 33rd Annual International Writing Competition
fomerly CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition

Click here to download a two-page pdf file for easier printing. (right-click to save to your desktop)

Frequently Asked Questions page. Check it out.

Enter by postal mail or email -- email entry instructions

Who Can Enter
The contest is open to all writers. You do not have to be a member of Writers-Editors Network (WEN). However, members of our Network (which includes FFWA) save up to 50% on entry fees. (If you're submitting more than one entry, it probably will save you money to join at least at the Basic level PLUS, you get all that information for a full year!) (Membership information)

Entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2016.

Awards & Cash Prizes
● First Place in each Category - $150 plus certificate plus one-year Writers-Editors Network membership***
● Second Place in each Category - $100 plus certificate
● Third Place in each Category - $75 plus certificate
● Honorable Mention certificates will be awarded in each category as warranted
● Most Promising entry in each category will receive a free critique by a contest judge. (Writer will be acknowledged, but critique will not be posted publicly.) The "most promising" manuscript is one that doesn't win because of flaws, but the judges feel the person has a gift for writing and may simply need some guidance and suggestions.

*** One-year Writers-Editors Network membership will be an Online Basic membership for new members. If winner is a current active Writers-Editors Network member, he or she will receive a one-year extension of current membership level.

● All entries must be unpublished or self-published and not accepted for publication by a traditional publisher.

Fiction may be a short story, novel chapter, Young Adult (YA) or children's story or book chapter. Indicate which of these, plus whether literary, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, etc. on manuscript first page.  Maximum length 4,000 words.

Nonfiction may be an article, blog post, essay/opinion piece, column, nonfiction book chapter, children's article or book chapter. Indicate which of these on manuscript first page.  Maximum length 4,000 words.

● For book chapter entries (fiction or nonfiction), indicate book title plus chapter title or # on each entry and entry form (multiple chapter entries require a separate entry form and separate entry fee for each chapter).

Poetry may be traditional or free verse poetry or children's verse. Indicate whether entry is free verse, traditional, or children's verse on the manuscript page. For traditional metered and syllabic poems, specify the form, such as Sonnet, Villanelle, Sestina, or Renga. Maximum length one page; may be single-spaced.

● Enter as many manuscripts in as many categories as you wish. Entry fee and a separate Official Entry Form must accompany each entry; photocopies of the entry form are acceptable. Send only one copy of each entry.

● Entries not conforming to contest rules will be disqualified; entry fees will not be returned. Entries beyond the 4,000-word limit will be judged only on the first 4,000 words submitted. Do not submit complete book one book chapter per entry only.

● Author's name must NOT appear on any entry. If name appears on self-published work, cover name so it is not readable

● Submit text in 10 to 14 point Times Roman or Arial (note: 12 point Arial is easier to read on emailed entries)

Winner Notification
Winners' certificates/awards will be mailed no later than May 31, 2016.

Winners List will be posted here on writers-editors.com around May 31, 2016.  (See Winners for recent years.

Entry Fees
● Entry fee of $10 (active or new WEN/FFWA members) or $20 (non-members) must accompany each fiction and nonfiction entry

● Entry fee of $3 (members) or $5 (non-members) must accompany each poem entered.
OR Have several poems to enter? $10 for 5 poems (members) or $10 for 3 poems (non-members).

You can send check, money order, or submit your entry fee(s) via PayPal.

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To Submit Entry via Email

1. Prepare each entry in a separate file.

2. Title the manuscript (entry) but do not include your name on any page. (Don't worry. We'll match your title and first line with your entry form.) (Give a Book Chapter entry both a book title and a chapter title or nnumber.)

3. Save each entry file as a doc, docx, rtf, txt, or pdf file.

4. Email your entry or entries (again, each in a separate file) to ContestEntry@writers-editors.com as attachment(s). Multiple entries may be sent separately or in a single email with multiple attachments.

5. Put "Contest entry attached" or "3 (e.g.) contest entries attached" (without the quote marks) in the subject line.

6. Fill out a separate entry form (or use this doc file) for each entry and send as an attachment to ContestEntry@writers-editors.com. (Save the rtf form or doc form to your computer or device, key in the requested info, then re-save it and email it.) (Note: If you want only a printable entry form to mail in with your entry (not email), go to this page.)

7. Send in your entry fee(s) for the emailed entry or entries in any of the following ways:

a. Use this PayPal button to pay via credit card or PayPal (on the PayPal form, read "donation" as "entry fee"). If the credit card or PayPal account is in a name different from the entry, explain in an email to dana@writers-editors.com:


b. Use your PayPal account to send your entry fee(s) to writers.editors@gmail.com as explained below.

c. Mail a check or money order to cover your entry fee(s). Enclose the entry form from our printed Guidelines or print out a separate form for each entry. Address, etc. is on the form.

When we have matched up your emailed entry with its entry form and its entry fee, we will email you so you know your entry or entries have been entered correctly.


2016 Writers-Editors International Writing Competition - postmark deadline March 15, 2016

A separate form must accompany each entry (and each poem); click for a printer-friendly Entry Form (or you can use this one).

1. Author's  name _______________________________________
Note how you want your name on Winners List/Certificate if different from above:_____________________________________________

2. Author's mailing address _________________________________


3. Author's phone number (______) ________________

4. Author's E-mail: _______________________________________

5. TITLE of entry _________________________________________

6. FIRST LINE of entry _____________________________________

6. Check (or Circle) Category of this entry:
   /  /A-Fiction        /   /B-Nonfiction       / /C-Poetry

7. ENTRY FEE (check one and enclose fee with entry and entry form):
(Membership number if entering as a current Writers-Editors Network [WEN] member [includes FFWA]: _________)

/  / $3, I am a current WEN/FFWA member or am joining at this time (dues enclosed), and entry is one poem
/  / $5, I am not a member and am not joining at this time, and entry is one poem
/  / $10, I am a current WEN/FFWA member or am joining at this time (dues enclosed), and entry = five poems
/  / $10, I am not a member and am not joining at this time and entry = three poems
/  / $10, I am a current WEN/FFWA member or am joining at this time (dues enclosed), and entry is Fiction or Nonfiction
/  / $20, I am not a member and am not joining at this time and entry is Fiction or Nonfiction

/  /  I have enclosed membership dues of $ ______ (see Membership page for choices here).

Make entry fee check or money order payable to: CNW Publishing. One check may be written to cover multiple entries if all are  mailed in same package (but enclose separate entry forms for each entry). (US $ only)

You may charge your entry fee(s) to: VISA,  MasterCard, Discover, American Express if in USA or Canada. Charge will appear on your card statement as "CNW Pub," and a receipt will be emailed to you by Square, our credit card processor. International, Canada and U.S.  entrants can also pay via PayPal.

Card # _________________________________________

expiration date. _________ Security (CVV) code: ________

card zip/postal code: __________ (important; card will not be approved without zip/postal code on your credit card statement)

Total charged $______________ credit card name or signature:


 You can submit your entry fees via PayPal to writers.editors@gmail.com (a verified PayPal user since 2000) even if you are mailing your hard copy entry. Be sure to note with your payment the title(s) and/or first line of your entry or entries. Then mail your entry or entries via postal mail along with entry form(s) -  We will email you confirmation when we have received and matched up your entry fees and entries.

9. SEND entry form(s), with entry or entries & fees to: Writers-Editors Contest, PO Box A, North Stratford NH 03590 by postmark deadline of March 15, 2016.

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