CONTESTS

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild hosts an annual contest that rotates among the genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Cash prizes are awarded. Winners and honorable mentions read their work during a Community of Writers program.

2016 Contest Deadline Extended to August 15

Who says there are no “second chances” in life?  The deadline for the 2016 HVWG short fiction contest has been extended to August 15.   
The HVWG writing contest alternates genres annually. This year’s contest is short fiction. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and invited to read their winning piece at the Guild’s annual meeting in November 2016. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st prize, $100; 2nd prize, $75; 3rd prize, $50; and three honorable mentions, $20 each.
  • Eligibility: All contestants must be residents of New York State. Current members of the HVWG Board and their families are not eligible.
  • Judges: Julie Lomoe, Joe Krausman and Andrea Portnick.
  • Guidelines for the 2016 HVWG Fiction Contest
    • Entries must be postmarked between April 1 and August 15, 2016.
    • Entry fee: $15 for non-members of HVWG; $10 for members. (Make checks payable to HVWG and include with submission.  Visit www.hvwg.org for a copy of the membership application.)
    • Identification/contact information MUST NOT appear anywhere on the submission.
    • Cover letter should include the following: name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title of submission and word count.
    • Word count must not exceed 5000 words. Any submissions that exceed this number will not be considered.
    • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, 12-pt. standard font such as Cambria, Calibri or Times New Roman.
    • Submissions must be previously unpublished.
    • Submit four copies through the mail and an SASE if you would like a hard copy of results. Submissions will not be returned.
    • All entrants will be notified of winners by e-mail or SASE. Results will also be posted on our website at www.hvwg.org.
For more information, please contact Faith Green at greenfaith2@gmail.com or (518) 253-8557.
Mail submissions with entry fee to
HVWG Fiction Contest, c/o Faith Green, 25B Patterson Drive, Glenmont, NY 12077.

 

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2015 POETRY CONTEST

The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is pleased to announce this year’s poetry contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first ($100), second ($75), and third place ($50) poems. The winning poets will be invited to read their winning submissions at a program in the fall.

All contestants must be residents of New York State. The entry fee is $10 for HVWG members and $15 for non-members. Checks made payable to HVWG must accompany submissions. If $30 membership fee is paid with submission, please enclose a separate check. HVWG Board of Directors and their families and/or current or past students and family of judges are ineligible.

Entries must be postmarked between June 15-August 15, 2015. One to three previously unpublished poems may be submitted. Poems must not exceed 40 lines. Contact information must not appear anywhere on the submission. A cover letter must include: name, address, phone number, email, title, and line count. Submissions must be typed using 12pt Times New Roman or Cambria font.  Send three hard copies by mail. No email submissions. Please no pornography or erotica.

This year’s judges are Howard Kogan and Cheryl A.Rice.

Howard Kogan is an award winning poet whose work has appeared in many literary journals including Still Crazy, Occupoetry, Poetry Ark, Naugatuck River Review, Jewish Currents Anthology (2014), Jewish Currents Calendar (2015) Writer’s Haven, Farming Magazine, Literary Gazette, Pathways, Up the River, Point Mass Anthology, Misfit Magazine. He has also published a book of poems, Indian Summer, and a chapbook, General Store Poems.

In 2011 he was the Poet Laureate of Smith’s Tavern, Voorheesville, NY.  He was a finalist in the second Annual Jewish Currents Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Competition, a semi-finalist in the Naugatuck River Review Annual Contest (2014) and one of three first place winners of the Rensselaerville Festival of Writers Poetry Contest (2014).

Cheryl A. Rice’s work has appeared in Baltimore Review, Chronogram, Florida Review, Home Planet News, Mangrove, The Temple, and Woodstock Times, and in the anthologies, Wildflowers, Vol. II (2002: Shivastan Publishing), For Enid With Love (2010: NY Quarterly Books), and A Slant of Light  (2013:Codhill Press), among others. She is the author of Moses Parts the Tulips (2013: APD Press), My Minnesota Boyhood (2012: Post Traumatic Press), and Auction (2004, Flying Monkey Press; 2nd edition 2010). Her CDs are: Nobody Slept Last Night (2003, Another Poor Bastard Productions), and Girl Poet (2007, Flying Monkey Productions).

She is also founder and host of the Sylvia Plath Bake-Off. Her poetry blog, Flying Monkey Productions, may be found at: http://flyingmonkeyprods.blogspot.com/.

All entrants will be notified of winners by email unless a SASE is provided. Results will be posted on our website: http://hvwg.org.

Contact Jan Tramontano at jantramontano@gmail.com for more information.

Mail submissions and entry fee to:
HVWG CONTEST c/o Jan Tramontano, 14 Brookwood Avenue, Albany, NY  12203

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2012 Submission Guidelines
This year’s contest is in poetry. Winners will be awarded cash prizes ($100 first prize, $75 second prize and $50 third prize) and invited to read their winning poem at a special Guild program in the fall of 2012.

Eligibility: All contestants must be residents of New York State. Current members of the HVWG Board of Directors and their families are not eligible. Current or past students, as well as family, of the judges are also not eligible. Judges this year are: Cecele Kraus, Dawn Marar, Thom Francis and Phillip Levine.

Submission: Entries must be postmarked between April 2 and August 31, 2012. Identification/contact information must not appear anywhere on the submission. Cover letter should include the following: name, address, phone number, email address, title of poems. 3-5 poems per submission.

All submissions must be typed, 12-pt. type, 50-line limit. Please include title and stanza breaks in your line count. Send three hard copies by mail, no e-mail submissions. Poems must be previously unpublished. Quality of the poem is the most important consideration. We are looking for poems that are well-crafted, have an excellent lyric quality and contain a strong emotional core. Any style is considered, including prose poems.

Entry Fee: $15 for non-members of HVWG, $10 for members. Make checks payable to HVWG and send with submission. Mail submissions and entry fee to The HVWG Non-Fiction Contest, c/o Mimi Moriarty, 3180 New Scotland Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186. For more information, please contact Mimi Moriarty at winterview@earthlink.net.

Results: Submissions will not be returned, but if you would like hard copy results of the contest, please send SASE. All entrants will be notified of winners by email and/or SASE. Results will also be posted here on our website.

2011
The 2011 contest, in non-fiction, recognized the following winners:

Personal Essay

Winner ($100)
Fran Yardley, Tupper Lake / “Roots”

Finalists
Kathleen Anne Smith, Loudonville / “Why I Can’t Write”
Pamela Clements, Albany / “Tuna in Truro”
Faye Silton, Albany / “Muse, Mystery and Music”

Memoir

Winner ($100)
Judy Staber, Old Chatham / “My Baby Docs”

Finalists
Chloe Caldwell, Hudson / “Who the Others Were”
Francine Dempsey, Albany / “Confessional”
Jean Venable, Poughkeepsie / “Sounds Remembered”
Jean Van Dyk, Delmar / “Black Tight Pants”

Humor

Winner ($100)
Sandra Powley, Loudonville / “Friday Night at the ‘Vent”

Finalists
Christina Pultzer, Phoenicia / “Safe!!”
Rodney L. Aldrich, Troy / “Mozart’s Rest”
Christa Holder Ocker, Newburgh / “Sister Bernadette”

Honorable Mention for HVWG Member
Mary Murphy, Albany / “Beauty Secrets”

2010
The 2010 contest, in short fiction, recognized the following winners:

First place ($150) to Ken Holland, Fishkill, NY, for “Hubcaps”
Second place ($75) to Jo Salas, New Paltz, NY, for “The Very Large Array”
Third place ($50) to Carol Derfner, Kinderhook, NY, for “Birds of a Feather”

Honorable Mentions ($10) to John Velie, Albany, NY, for “Whitey,” David Sylvester, Watervliet, NY, for “Cat People” and Susan Clements, Buffalo, NY, for “Manatee Mornings.”

2009
The 2009 contest, in poetry, recognized the following winners:

First place ($150): Cecele Allen Kraus
Second place ($75): Will Nixon
Third place ($50): Kathleen C. Elken

Honorable mentions ($10): Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Kathleen A. O’Brien & Susan E. Oringel.

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