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WWPH Annual Contests

Between July 1 and November 1, 2014, Washington Writers’ Publishing House (WWPH) will accept manuscripts for entry in our annual book competitions, The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize and The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. Writers who live within a 75 mile radius of the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are eligible to enter these competitions. The winning manuscripts will be published in the fall of 2015. Staffed by previous winners who volunteer their time and skills, WWPH is a non-profit cooperative press reflecting the cultural and racial diversity of the greater Washington, Baltimore and Northern Virginia areas. Judging is traditionally performed by WWPH members who read the anonymous manuscripts. The winners will receive $1,000 and 50 copies of the book.
IMPORTANT: The winners become members of WWPH and should be prepared to participate actively in the work of the press, including such areas as publicity, distribution, production, and fundraising. Our 37 year tradition of writers working on behalf of other writers is essential to the continued vitality and success of WWPH. Contest entrants should be willing to make this commitment should their work be selected for publication.

The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize

Poets living within 75 driving miles of the U.S. Capitol (including the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area and Northern Virginia) are invited to submit either an electronic copy by email (Use PDF, .doc or rich text format. The subject line of an email submission should read: Poetry Contest_Last Name of Author_First Name of Author.) or TWO paper copies of a poetry manuscript. The manuscript should be 50-70 pages, single or 1-1/2 spaced. A reading fee of $25.00 (include manuscript title in “For” line of check) and a stamped, self-addressed reply envelope are required and should be sent by regular mail. Paper manuscripts will not be returned; rather, they will be recycled. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. The title page of an electronic copy, or each paper copy, should contain the title only. Provide name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title on a separate cover sheet accompanying a paper submission, or in the body of the email with the electronic copy attached. A separate page for acknowledgments may be included for poems previously published in journals and anthologies.

Send electronic copies to wwphpress@gmail.com. Mail paper copies and/or reading fee (check to WWPH) with SASE to:

The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize
WWPH
c/o Holly Karapetkova
4640 23rd Rd. N
Arlington, VA 22207

The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize

Fiction writers living within 75 driving miles of the Capitol (including the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area and Northern Virginia) are invited to submit an electronic copy by email (Use PDF, .doc or rich text format. The subject line of an email submission should read: Fiction Contest_Last Name of Author_First Name of Author.) or TWO paper copies of the manuscript (no foam packing peanuts, please), either a novel or a collection of short stories (no more than 350 pages, double or 1-1/ 2 spaced). A $25.00 reading fee (include manuscript title in “For” line of check) and a stamped, self-addressed reply envelope should be sent by regular mail. Paper manuscripts will not be returned; rather, they will be recycled. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. The title page and running head of each copy should contain the title only. Provide name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title on a separate cover sheet accompanying a paper submission, or in the body of the email with the manuscript attached. A separate page for acknowledgments may be included for individual stories or excerpts previously published in journals and anthologies.

Send electronic copies to wwphpress@gmail.com. Mail paper copies and/or reading fee (check to WWPH) with SASE to:

Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize
C/O Elisavietta Ritchie
P.O. Box 298
Broomes Island, MD 20615

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