[NFB-NM] FW: [Nfbnet-members-list] Reminder for all members Writing Contest

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From: NFBNet-Members-List [mailto:nfbnet-members-list-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Eve Sanchez via NFBNet-Members-List
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2017 9:58 AM
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Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Reminder for all members Writing Contest


Federationists, The 2017 Writing Contest put on by the National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division is underway and accepting entries through April 1st. This contest is for youth and adults. Blind as well as sighted friends and family are encouraged to put your best forward and showcase your talents.
The complete guidelines are attached and pasted below. Please read carefully.
Myself, the division board members and the great judges are all looking forward to reading your entries.
Good luck.
Eve Sanchez
President, National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division
Editor, Tapestry, a publication of TAWN
"Some who are sighted, are the most blind of all." 



The annual youth and adult writing contests sponsored by the NFB Writers’ Division will open January 1st and close April 1st for all aspiring writers whether blind, sighted or visually impaired. 


Adult contest categories are: short Fiction, non-fiction, stories for youth, and poetry.


Youth contest categories are: Short fiction and poetry. The youth contest is divided into three groups, determined by grade level – elementary, middle, and high school. 


As always, in both adult and youth contests, there may be up to three prize winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and one or more receiving honorable mention. Additionally, a prize winning entry may be published within the Writers’ Division’s magazine, Slate & Style. 

All contest winners will be announced during the first week of July, at the Writers' Division business meeting, during the NFB national convention to be held in Orlando, Florida.



*Youth contest winners will receive $30 for 1st place, $20 for 2nd place, and $10 for 3rd place. 

*Adult contest winners will receive $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place. 





*This is a contest for students who use Braille. 

*Note: if you are 18 years old, or older, you must enter the adult contest.

*Entries must be submitted in hand embossed Braille, either with a slate and stylus or Braille writer, and there are no exceptions.

*Submissions must be Brailled by the entrant. 

*All submissions, no matter your grade level, must be in contracted Braille. Let us know if you “know” or are “learning” contracted Braille. Additionally, let us know if you have chosen to use UEB, or not.

*Each entrant must provide an identical electronic copy of the cover letter and contest entry as a Microsoft Word file [doc] or as a Rich Text Format [rtf] file).

*Attach the electronic copies to an email and send them to- EvaMarie Sanchez at thirdeyeonlyinaz at gmail.com .

*Send your hardcopy Braille and cover letter to:

EvaMarie Sanchez 

1901 N Wilmot Road apt 1239, Tucson, Arizona 85712


Entries must be accompanied by a cover letter containing entrant's information: Name, address, phone, e-mail, title of the entry, school, and grade of entrant.



*We will consider only unpublished original entries.

*Youth short fiction stories submissions cannot be more than 1,000 words, and poetry of no more than 50 lines. 

*Authors of either poetry or fiction are encouraged to submit multiple pieces.


Youth ENTRY FEES – None


Are you the best Brailler in the contest? Be sure to double check your work. Remember to use Braille paper so the Braille is easy to read. Good luck!



*Note: this contest is for everyone 18 years old, or older. One need not be blind to enter.

*We will consider only unpublished original entries. 

*Fiction short stories can be of any main stream genre, and cannot exceed 3,000 words. 

*Non-fiction entries should be either a memoir or personal essay, and cannot exceed 3,000 words. 

*Stories for youth are stories with content written at an intellectual level appropriate for the younger reader, and cannot exceed 3,000 words. 

*Poetry: We will accept poetry of any length 

*Authors of either poetry and/or prose are encouraged to submit multiple pieces.

*Adults are required to submit all poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and stories for youth as attachments to an E-mail message. 

*The attachments must be in either Microsoft Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). 

*Fiction, non-fiction and stories for youth should be written in a normal prose style, with paragraphs being left justified, lines are single spaced, and having a 14 point font of Aerial, regular. 

*No hard copy submissions will be accepted.



Along with your entry or entries, include a cover letter providing the following: 

*Your name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. 

*List the titles of all submissions, including the category in which they are being entered.

*State your method of payment for the entry fee (check or PayPal). 

*Finally, the cover letter could be your e-mail message, or a separate document attached along with your submissions.



Adult Fees: 

*The fee for each short story, non-fiction piece, or story for youth is $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.

 *The base fee for poetry will cover up to three poems, if the combined line-count of all three pieces does not exceed 108 lines - additional poems require a second fee, following the same fee payment scheme. Base fees are $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.



*You may use PayPal from the Writers’ Division website, http://writers.nfb.org

*Alternatively, you may mail a check made out to NFB Writers’ Division, with a note in the memo line relating to the contest. Send to:


Shawn Jacobson

19541 Olney Mill Rd.

Olney, MD 20832.


*E-mail submissions should be sent to EvaMarie Sanchez at: thirdeyeonlyinaz at gmail.com 

****We look forward to seeing your words. ****

If you have questions write EvaMarie Sanchez, Writers’ Division President: thirdeyeonlyinaz at gmail.com 

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