2009 11 WBCL Writing Contest

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Wells Branch Community Library in Austin, TX, is sponsoring a writing contest in celebration of National Novel Writing Month (November, 2009). View this presentation for more information!

Wells Branch Community Library in Austin, TX, is sponsoring a writing contest in celebration of National Novel Writing Month (November, 2009). View this presentation for more information!

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  • 1. Wells Branch Community Library 2009 Writing Contest Figure : “House by the Railroad” by Edward Hopper
  • 2. The Details  
    • What: Write a novel chapter, short story, or poem based on the painting "House by the Railroad" by Edward Hopper.
    • Who: Teens and Adults in the Austin area.
    • When: Contest runs November 1-30, 2009. Submissions due Monday, November 30, 8:00pm, CST. Winners will be notified by December 7.
    • Where: Come to the Library to view a high-quality reprint of the painting. Visit the Picturing America website ( http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/ ) to see it online.
  • 3. Categories  
    • Age Categories:
    • Teen (under 18)
    • Adult
    • Entry Categories:
    • Novel chapter - A novel is a long narrative in literary prose. Submit one chapter. Length requirement 250-1250 words.
    • Short story - A narrative, fictional story having a central theme. Length requirement 250-1250 words.
    • Poetry - A maximum of 250 words will be accepted.
  • 4. Competition Guidelines  
    • Complete the Library’s required entry form, and check the signature box. Parent/guardian also check if a minor (under 18).
    • No entry limit or fee.
    • Work must be original and previously unpublished.
    • Deadline November 30, 2009, 8:00 CST.
    • Upon submission, the entry becomes the Library’s property and won’t be returned.
  • 5. Submission Guidelines  
    • You must complete an entry form for every submission. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
    • Only Microsoft Word documents or PDF accepted.
    • Hard copy or electronic submissions accepted.
    • To submit as hard copy : Return to the Library with the completed entry form attached.
    • To submit electronically : E-mail submission to lisa@wblibrary.org. Type “WRITING CONTEST” in the heading. Attach the completed entry form to the email or copy and paste the information in the body.
  • 6. Judging Criteria  
    • Meets age and length requirements.
    • Follows submission guidelines.
    • Originality and creativity.
    • Proper use of language.
    • Relates to Hopper’s painting.
  • 7. Inspiration for the Painting 
    • Edward Hopper, (1882–1967). House by the Railroad. 1925. Oil on canvas, 24 x 29”.
    • “ As the railroad tracks rattle by a once-grand Victorian home, so intersect the themes of modern progress and historical continuity. The painting’s bleakness suggests that Edward Hopper found little to celebrate in America’s post-World War I urbanization (http://picturingamerica.neh.gov).”
  • 8. Artist Bio
    • Edward Hopper (1882-1967):
    • “ Believing that American art should capture the character of the nation, Hopper rejected European influences and instead chose to depict the modern life around him. He is known for his unsentimental depictions of urban isolation, solitary buildings, and commonplace landscapes (http://picturingamerica.neh.gov).”
  • 9. Awards
    • Win 1 of 6, $20.00 gift cards from Barnes & Noble!
    • First prize awarded for all three entry categories (novel chapter, short story, poetry). Prizes will be awarded for both age groups (teen and adult).
    • In addition, winners will be published in-house and on the library’s website.
    • Winners will be notified by December 7.
  • 10. Entry Form
    • Wells Branch Community Library Writing Contest
    • Deadline November 30, 2009, 8:00 pm CST
    • Entry Form (You must complete an entry form for each submission. No limit to the number of entries you may submit. See the contest brochure for submission guidelines.)
    • Name:
    • Address (include zip code):
    • Phone: ( )
    • Email:
    • Birthday (00-00-0000):
    • Age Category:
    • Teen (under 18)
    • Adult (18 +)
    • Entry Category:
    • Novel Chapter (250-1250 words)
    • Short Story (250-1250 words)
    • Poetry (maximum 250 words)
    • Signature Box: 
    • I certify that I am the creator of this work (novel chapter / short story / poem). This work is original and previously unpublished. I understand the entry becomes the Library’s property upon submission and won’t be returned.
    • If a minor, parent / guardian must also check here . I certify this work is original and created by the applicant and becomes the Library’s property upon submission.
  • 11. Entry Checklist – Did you . . . ?
    • Complete the required entry form, and check the signature box. Parent/guardian also checks if a minor (under 18).
    • Format your work (novel chapter, short story, or poem) as a Word document or PDF.
    • Follow the length requirements for your entry category.
    • Submit your entry by November 30, 2009, 8:00 pm CST.
    • If submitting as hard copy: Attach the completed entry form to your submission.
    • If submitting electronically: Email the submission to Lisa Metzer (lisa@wblibrary) with “WRITING CONTEST” in the heading. Attach the entry form to the email or copy and paste the information in the body of the email.
  • 12. Resources
    • National Novel Writing Month http://www.nanowrimo.org/
    • Picturing America http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/
    • The Purdue Online Writing Lab http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
  • 13. Wells Branch Community Library
    • 15001 Wells Port Drive, Austin, TX 78728
    • (512) 989-3188
    • www.wblibrary.org
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