Writers Association of America
2004 Writing Competition Rules and Entry Information
Please read! There
are changes made from year to year.
- The contest is open to all writers, editors, publishers, photographers,
artists and others whose work falls into the designated competition categories.
- The work must be original and must be published during the competition
period from September 1st, 2003 through August 31st, 2004.
- All entries must be published work. Self-published work offered for
sale through professional outlets is acceptable; however, vanity publications
- Revisions are not eligible.
- There is no limit as to the number of times an individual or entity
may enter; however, the same material may be entered only once in a regular
- Entries must be postmarked by September 30th, 2004. Late entries will
not be accepted. No exceptions.
- Submit regular categories in triplicate with one entry form for each
- For columns and series, submit three sets of copies.
- Submit one additional copy of each entry for each Special Award entry.
Attach an additional entry form to each Special Award entry.
- Work may be photocopied or tearsheets may be submitted. No unpublished
manuscripts or print-outs are acceptable except for syndicated newspaper
work where original tearsheets are unavailable.
- Each regular category entry must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee
for current DWAA members and $15 for nonmembers.
- Each Special Award entry must be accompanied by a $2 entry fee.
- Please combine all entry fees in a single check or money order.
- Make check or money order payable to "DWAA."
- Entries must be postmarked by September 30th, 2004. No late entries
will be accepted.
- Mail entries to Liz Palika, DWAA Contest Chair, 825 College Blvd.,
Ste 102, PMB 524, Oceanside, CA 92057.
- Do NOT require a signature for delivery of your entry; the contest
chair cannot be available all day every day to sign for packages.
- Entries cannot be returned and the association is not responsible for
entries lost during transit.
- Arrival of entries cannot be personally acknowledged; Im sorry but
the contest is simply too large.
- It is the responsibility of the entrant to comply with all rules and
guidelines. Deviation may result in rejection of the entry and forfeiture
of the entry fees.
- The maximum liability of the Association is limited to the refund of
the entry fee at the Contest Chairs discretion.
- Entries may be made on the behalf of someone else, but the name of
the writer, photographer or the person creating the work must be listed
as the entrant and the person submitting the work is listed as the submitter.
The submitter is responsible for receiving permission to submit the work
prior to making an entry.
- Each award will be judged by a panel of three judges with a composite
of the judges scores determining the nominees and winners.
- The decisions of the judges are final.
- Nominees will be notified by mail in late December 2004.
- Names of nominees will be published in the DWAA newsletter and on the
website in January 2005.
- Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Feb 13th, 2005.
- Nominees in the regular categories will receive certificates; winners
will also receive the DWAA Maxwell Medallion, named in honor of Maxwell
- Special awards are made possible through the generosity of individuals
and organizations; and consist of certificates, plaques and/or cash grants.
- An entry must be entered in a regular category to be considered for
a special award.
- Nominees and winners are chosen by experts appointed by the contest
- Nominees will be notified by mail in late December 2004. Winners will
be announced at the Awards banquet.
____ All entries have been submitted in triplicate with an entry form.
____ Check that the
entry form is completed with the appropriate category marked for each
____ An additional
copy of each entry submitted for a special award has been enclosed, along
with an additional entry form.
____ All entry fees
have been totaled and a check or money order is enclosed, made payable
____ If you have questions,
email the contest chair Liz Palika.
The DWAA is also offering
the DWAA JUNIOR WRITER AWARD to writers under 18 years of age. The award
recognizes and encourages young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness,
dedication, and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related
topics. The award consists of a $250 cash grant and the Associations Maxwell