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To receive mailed notification of the winner and finalists, you may send a self-addressed stamped envelope. We notify all entrants in three ways: via postal mail to those who included a SASE with their paper manuscript; via email to those who included an email address with their paper or online manuscript; and online via our MFA program’s website, social media, and elsewhere.
All entries must be certified by Submittable (online) or postmarked (hard copy) by September 30, 2016.
Close friends and family members of the final judge are also not eligible.
Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript. Please paginate your manuscript (number your pages).
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*smiles at Tumblr* Whatever your character's important strength or talent that gets them through the story's climax, tell the reader within the first scene they meet your character. In a way, even a seed of feeling is the best sort, as it can sprout and grow throughout the story until it becomes blind fury. Give your character an attribute that will change with your story's progression as your character evolves. If you want a character to start out unlikable but become sympathetic, make their unlikeable characteristics strong in the earliest scenes and lessen in the later ones, until they might disappear completely. Maybe it has something to do with their appearance, like a favorite bracelet or preference for overly baggy shirts. If you describe a character has having brown hair, blue eyes, and of average height and slightly above average appearance, you've just described around fifty percent of female YA characters. Not so unique you had to go scouring Wikipedia for unusual hobbies, but enough that the reader won't forget the character when you introduce them later.
We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. Conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2.
To provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3.