Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

For the 2015 Edith Wharton Writing Competition

ENTRY GUIDELINES

Open to all high school students in Berkshire County and the surrounding region. Students in public, private, vocational, non-traditional, and homeschool programs are all encouraged to apply.

DIVISIONS: Grades 9 & 10 Grades 11 & 12

CATEGORIES

Fiction: Contestants must submit an original story on a subject of their choice; approximate length between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

Poetry: Contestants must submit a collection of three original poems.

PRIZES

Grades 9 & 10:

$200 awarded for first place in each category

$100 awarded for second place in each category

Gifts for honorable mention in each category

Grades 11 & 12: 

$250 awarded for first place in each category

$150 awarded for second place in each category

Gifts for honorable mention in each category

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Gifts awarded for the school with the highest number of total entries submitted.

Gifts awarded for the teacher with the highest number of entries submitted.

RULES

No work entered in The Mount’s 2015 Edith Wharton Writing Competition may have been submitted previously to any other competition, or have been used prior for any assignment, program, scholarship or collegiate application. Each student may submit only one entry per category, but may enter both categories.

SUBMISSIONS (Paper or Electronic)

Paper Entries: Please submit TWO copies of each entry. Both copies must include a separate coversheet. The first page of each story and all poems entered must include the work’s title, but omit the author’s name. All entries must be typed on standard 8 1/2” x 11” paper.

Send paper entries to: The Edith Wharton Writing Competition

Box 974

Lenox, MA 01240

Electronic Entries: Please email each entry and a completed coversheet (found below) to KMullen@EdithWharton.org.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked on or before March 6, 2015.

The physical entries become the property of Edith Wharton Restoration. Entrants retain all copyrights to their work. The Mount will require permission from the author before displaying and/or publishing any winning entry. Judges may choose not to make an award in a particular category; all decisions made by the judges will be final.

For a printable version of the 2015 rules and regulations and cover sheet, please click here.

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