It’s time, it’s time!
Time’s gone by so fast, but this will be our 5th year for our annual PWG Writers Competition. Submissions opened on January 1st. Interested? If so, you still have time to submit your original work, but don’t wait too long because the last day to send in your prose or poetry is March 12th. Need a little more incentive? Here are the awards we’ll be giving out, if you win:
Adult- First Place in each category – $100.
Adult – Second place award in each category – $50.
Adult – Honorable mention Award in each category – Certificate
For the High School students here are the awards for that category:
High School – Prose award – $250.
High School – Poetry award – $250.
For complete details/rules on PWG’s Writers Competition go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/2017-Competition-Details.
The Adult category is open for original works of Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry. Each entry carries a $10 reading fee.
In the High School category is also for original works in Prose or Poetry. There is no reading fee in this category. But you must be a student in grades 9-12 and attending school in North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia.
I’d like to share excerpts from two of our past competition winners which appear in our published Christmas Anthology titled “A Carolina Christmas”, published in 2016. The book includes both 2016 and 2015 Writing Competition winners. I hope you enjoy them. If so, you can go to the Bookstore on our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/Bookstore.
2016 Competition Nonfiction First Place:
Long, Cold Roads by Richard Knowles
It was late December 1961, and I was hitchhiking home for Christmas from the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, to western Pennsylvania– nearly 800 miles. It was 11:00 at night, and it was cold. the icy wind blowing out of the north drove before it tiny stinging granules of snow, something between sleet and freezing rain. Hitting my face, they felt like grains of sand…
In those days, Marines were required to be in dress uniform when leaving the base. While our winter dress uniform included a fairly warm overcoat, footwear was the same year-round: low cut, brown leather dress shoes. Our headwear, which looked impressive on Marines in recruiting posters, wasn’t terribly functional in these conditions. Mostly, the damn thing just wanted to blow off my cold head…
2016 Competition Student Prose First Place:
Rolling in Her Grave by Michaela Rappleyea
Miss Adalyn Montgomery, daughter of the honorable Judge Travis Montgomery, died in her home at 11:32 pm on December 31st. The doctor, as he prepared to leave her home, commented that it was a shame that she hadn’t lived long enough to reach the turn of the century. The year 1900 promised to be the beginning of modernity, in the doctor’s eyes. The doctor’s apprentice commented the she wouldn’t have made it for very long after that anyway, so it was really quite lucky for her. The doctored responded by backhanding the boy and telling him to find out who her next of kin was so that they could send a telegram with the unfortunate news…
Adalyn was bankrupt. Steven was very displeased to hear that the old woman’s money was going to be wasted, paying off the extravagant lifestyle she had been living. There was still a large sum of money left after the face, of course, but Adalyn had never shared money with them before, she could start now. It was true that Adalyn had never let them see a cent of her money, which was why they were estranged now. So Steven buried her in the graveyard of an abandon plantation and marked the spot with a handmade wooden cross. As he was standing over the grave, saying his goodbyes, Helen turned to him.
“You know the old woman would be rolling in her grave if she knew what we buried her next to.”…
Adalyn was very displeased by all of this…
Remember, before it’s too late, take time, pull out that pen and paper or open up that computer and get your entry ready to submit for this year’s Writers Competition. As an added bonus, if you are one of this year’s winners you’ll also be included in PWG’s next published Anthology.
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by Kay Wilson