FWS Vernal Equinox Competition Opens

Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition 2020

 ****DEADLINE: midnight on 31 March 2020****

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

 Rules of Entry

  1. There will be five categories: open poetry; open short stories; open flash fiction; poetry or flash fiction in Scottish Gaelic; poetry or flash fiction in Scots. Entrants may submit an unlimited number of entries in each category provided they are accompanied by the correct entry fee. The same poem or piece of flash fiction may be entered for the Scots competition and for the appropriate category of the open competition, provided that it is accompanied by the correct entry fee. The same poem or piece of flash fiction may be entered for the Scottish Gaelic competition and in its English form (if translated by the entrant) for the appropriate category of the open competition, provided that it is accompanied by the correct entry fee. In both cases the open competition category selected counts as a separate category.

See 17 below for fee structure which is the same across all categories

  1. No entrant may receive more than one prize in each category.
  2. Entry is open: you do not have to be a member of the Federation of Writers (Scotland).
  3. In the poetry category you may submit an unlimited number of entries accompanied by the appropriate fee. No poem should exceed forty lines in length excluding the title. Please indicate the number of lines at the end of the poem.
  4. In the short story category you may submit an unlimited number of stories not exceeding 2000 words in length accompanied by the appropriate fee. Any story submitted in this category which is less than 500 words in length will automatically be transferred to the Flash Fiction category for judging. The fee will not be affected since the fees are now the same for both categories. Please indicate the word count at the end of the story.
  5. In the flash fiction category you may submit an unlimited number of pieces not exceeding 500words in length accompanied by the appropriate fee. Please indicate the word count at the end of the story.
  6. In the Scottish Gaelic category you may submit an unlimited number of poems and/or flash fiction accompanied by the appropriate fee. No poem should exceed forty lines in length excluding the title. Please indicate the number of lines at the end of the poem. No flash fiction story should exceed 500 words in length. Please indicate the word count at the end of the piece. If you have a winning entry published on the web-site and/or in the FWS anthology you will be expected to provide an English translation for the benefit of non-Scottish Gaelic speaking readers. This translation need not be by you provided that the translator is credited.
  7. In the Scots category you may submit an unlimited number of poems and/or flash fiction accompanied by the appropriate fee. No poem should exceed forty lines in length excluding the title. Please indicate the number of lines at the end of the poem. No flash fiction story should exceed 500 words in length. Please indicate the word count at the end of the piece. 
  8. Work submitted must be in English, Scots or Scottish Gaelic and must be your own work (no translations of others’ work or poems which are ‘erasures’ of another’s text).
  9. No work submitted should have been previously published/broadcast/e-published or posted on-line in any form.
  10. Entries must be typewritten, double-spaced (single-spacing is acceptable for poems) on one side only of A4 paper using at least a 12pt font and, if sent by email, sent as a Word or rtf document. Please do not send in any other format. Please number each page. No name or other mark which could identify the author should appear on any page of the entry which should be accompanied by a cover sheet setting out your name, address and email address, the category or categories entered, the number and title(s) of entries, the total fee due and the method of payment.
  11. If you are sending your entry by post please use a paperclip to secure pages NOT a staple and send two copies of each entry.
  12. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy of your entry.
  13. No alteration can be made to an entry once submitted.
  14. The judges’ decision is final. The judges cannot enter into any correspondence regarding entries. The organisers reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category if the number of entries received is insufficient or if entries received are judged not to meet the required standard.
  15. Closing date for the competition is midnight on 31 March 2020.
  16. Entry fee is £4 for first entry in any one category, £8 for two entries in any one category, £10 for three entries in any one category, £3 for each subsequent entry (after the first three) in any one category. The five categories are:

Open Poetry (which may be in Scots or English)

Open Short Story (which may be in Scots or English)

Open Flash Fiction (which may be in Scots or English)

Scottish Gaelic (poetry and flash fiction)

Scots (Poetry and flash fiction 

  1. Failure to comply with the above rules or to pay the appropriate entry fee will result in automatic disqualification.
  2. Successful entrants will be notified by June 3 2020 and invited to an award event on Saturday 20 June in Glasgow. All entrants will be sent a list of results after the Award Ceremony on 20 June, when the results are officially announced.

How to enter

By email

Email your entry with a completed cover sheet (see 10 above) as a Word or rtf document to acclarke6@btopenworld.com to arrive by midnight on 31 March 2020. Email submission of entries is preferred.

By post

Send your entry (two copies) with a separate cover sheet (see 10 above) to:
Competition Secretary
0/1 25 Craigmillar Rd
Glasgow
G42 9JZ

If you are submitting the same entry for both the Scottish Gaelic or Scots competition and the appropriate category in the open competition please make sure you have clearly indicated this in your cover sheet and have paid the appropriate fees. If you have any query about fees please don’t hesitate to email me at acclarke6@btopenworld.com

All entrants: Send the appropriate fee (see 16 above) by bank transfer to Account No.12874968, sort code 80-22-60 (name of account Federation of Writers (Scotland), Bank of Scotland) using as identification your name followed by ‘comp20’. If you are not able to send money by bank transfer please send a cheque or postal order (pounds sterling only) made out to The Federation of Writers (Scotland) by post to the address above.  If you are not able to send money either by bank transfer or cheque (because e.g. you live abroad) please contact the competition secretary at acclarke6@btopenworld.com

Please ensure that you indicate your method of payment on the cover sheet

Email entries will be acknowledged on receipt.

Postal entrants wishing confirmation that their entries have been received should either include their email address on their cover sheet or enclose a stamped addressed postcard.

 No entries will be entered in the competition until the entry fee has been received.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of posting does not mean proof of delivery.

Once an entry has been submitted and the fee paid please do not contact the competition secretary unless the piece you submitted has been accepted for publication elsewhere or placed in another competition prior to 3 June, which would automatically disqualify it.

 

 

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