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2014 Cascade Contest Rules

 2014 OCW Cascade Writing Contest and Awards Rules

àEntries that fail to follow these guidelines will be disqualified. Entry fees are not refundable.

Eligibility: The Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest is open to all writers. However, entries SHOULD NOT contain profanity, graphic sex, or any other distasteful or objectionable material. Those that do will be disqualified and the associated entry fee is non-refundable. All entries must be original works of the author or authors.

Deadline: All electronic entries must be RECEIVED by midnight Pacific Daylight Time March 31. Mailed entries must be postmarked by midnight March 31.

Limits: Authors may submit a MAXIMUM of three entries. Do NOT submit the same piece in different categories. Each entry must contain a separate entry form and separate fee, though contestants with more than one entry may write one check for the combined total.

Unpublished: All entries in this category must be original and NEVER have been published in any form, including on the Internet or in a newsletter. They also should NOT include art or illustrations.

Submission: All unpublished entries and published articles, columns, blogs, devotionals, and poetry must be submitted ELECTRONICALLY to cascade@oregonchristianwriters.org. Electronic submissions should comply with the guidelines and formatting listed below and be submitted as a Word (or other compatible word-processing program) document attached to an email. In the subject line, list your last name and the category you’re entering. For example, “Gould Published Fiction Book” or “Denham Unpublished Poetry.”

All entries must:

  • Be in English.
  • Be typed or printed from a computer in 12-point type (Times or Times New Roman) and double-spaced, with one-inch margins.
  • For books, include a one-page, single-spaced synopsis with no blank lines between paragraphs.
  • Indent each new paragraph (set the half-inch default instead of indenting five spaces, which is an old rule based on manual typewriters).
  • Use three asterisks for scene breaks in fiction entries.
  • Include the manuscript title (but not author’s name) and category at the top left and the page number at the top right of each page.
  • Be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
  • Be submitted electronically as a Word (or other compatible word-processing program) document attached to the email. EXCEPTION: Published books.

Do NOT:

  • Include your name on any page of the manuscript—only on the entry form and email subject line—except in the case of published books, you will want to put your return address on the mailing label.
  • Exceed maximum page limits or word counts. (Check category descriptions for guidelines.)

Published Book Entries:

  • Submit THREE (3) copies of the book for each entry.
  • Mail the books to OCW Cascade Writing Contest, P.O. Box 719, Pleasant Hill, OR 97455. Include an entry form and payment for each title sent. This mailing address is for published books only, along with the associated entry form and check for the submission (if paid by check). Nothing sent to this address will be returned. All other submissions are to be electronic. Hard copies of things that are to be sent electronically will not be returned or given consideration if sent by US Mail to this address.

Published Articles and Other Short Entries:

  • Attach a pdf file of the scanned article as published to your email that includes the name of the publication, publication date, and byline; or a Word document, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and a heading that includes the name of the publication, the publication date, and byline. 

Notification: Entrants will be notified by email that their entry has been received if an email address has been provided. Three finalists in each category will be announced June 1 and one winner in each category will receive an award at the Cascade Awards August 6th during the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland.

Awards: Finalists who attend the OCW Summer Coaching Conference August 4–7 will have a ribbon on their name tags identifying them as finalists in the Cascade Awards, increasing their visibility with editors and agents attending the conference.

Authors retain all copyright to their work, but Cascade Award winners agree to let OCW publish a brief biography and their winning entry titles on the OCW website.

Entry fees: Entry fee is nonrefundable. OCW members pay $25 for a published book entry (fiction book, nonfiction book, memoir, young adult/middle grade book, children’s chapter book, and children’s picture book) and $20 for all other categories. Nonmembers pay $40 to enter a published book and $35 for shorter categories. Contestants with more than one entry may write a check for the combined total.

(Note: You may become a member at the time you enter the contest, and there will be the option of paying electronically whether you submit electronically or send copies of an already published book. Those details will be available when the entry process begins February 14.)

Make checks payable to OCW. Do NOT send cash.

Mail published book entries and all checks to:

OCW Cascade Writing Contest, P.O. Box 719, Pleasant Hill, OR 97455

Published Category Entry Guidelines: (Independently or self-published books are eligible.) Entries must have been published for the first time during 2013.

An entry consists of three copies of the book for each of these categories. Finalists will be asked to send another two copies of their books.

Contemporary Fiction Book

Historical Fiction Book

Speculative Fiction Book

Nonfiction Book

Memoir Book

Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction Book

Young Adult/Middle Grade Nonfiction Book

Children’s Chapter Book (age 6–8) and Picture Book (age 2–10+) Fiction and Nonfiction

Poetry: An entry consists of one to three poem(s) not to exceed 1,000 words apiece. Each poem must begin on a new page. Poems should be single-spaced within stanzas and double-spaced between stanzas. If more than one poem is submitted as one entry, the scores of the poems will be averaged to determine the final score. Poets may submit a single poem per entry if they want each piece to be judged on its own merits. Each entry will be counted toward the maximum limit of three entries.

Devotional: An entry consists of one devotional not to exceed 600 words, including the quoted Scripture.

Article, Column, Short Story, or Blog Post: An entry consists of the article, column, short story, or blog post, NOT to exceed 2,000 words.

Unpublished Category Entry Guidelines: (Open only to those writers who have never published in this genre either online or in print.) Electronic submissions only. No illustrations or art of any kind.

An entry consists of a one-page synopsis and the first 15 pages of the manuscript for the following book categories:

Contemporary Fiction Book

Historical Fiction Book

Speculative Fiction Book

Nonfiction Book

Memoir Book

Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction Book

Young Adult/Middle Grade Nonfiction Book

Children’s Chapter Book (age 6–8) and Picture Book (age 2–10+) Fiction and Nonfiction: Entry consists of a one-page synopsis and the first 10 pages of the manuscript for Chapter Books, but for Picture Book submit the entire text of the book (no illustrations).

Poetry: An entry consists of one to three poem(s), not to exceed 1,000 words apiece. Each poem must begin on a new page. Poems should be single-spaced within stanzas and double-spaced between stanzas. If more than one poem is submitted as an entry, the scores of the poems will be averaged to determine the final score. Poets may submit a single poem per entry if they want each piece to be judged on its own merits. Each entry will be counted toward the maximum limit of three entries.

Article, Short Story, or Column: An entry consists of the article, story, or column NOT to exceed 2,000 words.

Devotional: An entry consists of one devotional NOT to exceed 600 words, including the quoted Scripture.

All finalists will be listed in the OCW Summer Conference Notebook. A framed award certificate will be given to the winner in each category.

Awards Presentation: The awards will be presented to winners the evening of August 6, 2014, at the OCW Summer Coaching Conference. Presentation starts at 7 p.m.

OCW Special Awards: In addition to the Cascade Writing Contest winners, two special honorary awards will be presented to OCW members during the Cascade Awards ceremony: The Writer of Promise Award will be given to an outstanding new author, and the Trailblazer Award to an author who has distinguished himself/herself in the field of Christian writing. These award recipients will be chosen by the OCW Board of Directors and the Cascade Awards Committee.

Further Information:

Cancellation: OCW reserves the right to eliminate a category if it receives fewer than three entries. If a category is canceled, anyone who has entered in that category will receive a full refund. (This is the only instance when an entry fee will be refunded.)

The Judges

Finals Judges will be carefully selected from the Christian publishing industry. Preliminary Judges include bookstore owners, writers, editors, teachers, librarians, pastors and others interested in the written word. Judges will not know the names of the authors whose manuscripts are submitted electronically. They will, however, be aware of the author’s name of each published book they review.

Names of judges will be anonymous, but their background/qualifications may be noted on score sheets—e.g., published novelist, book editor, etc. Score sheets will be returned to contest entrants to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement. Although judging is subjective, the decisions of judges are final.

OCW claims no responsibility for the outcome of this contest—acting simply as the coordinator for contest entries, sending the entries to the judges, and receiving their score sheets.

All monies (after contest processing and awards costs) generated by the entry fees for this contest will go into the OCW summer conference fund.

Please direct questions to the OCW Cascade Writing Contest and Awards co-chairs at cascade@oregonchristianwriters.org.

 

 

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