Writing Criteria

 


 


Writing Categories

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL WRITING CATEGORIES
• Submissions must be primarily in English.
• Use a clear, standard font that is not excessively large or small.
• The title should appear at the top of the first page; do not include a separate title page. Poems should be titled individually.
• No identifying information, including the student’s name, should appear anywhere on the manuscript.
• Please use fictional names for real people in non-fiction works
• No illustrations, photographs, graphics or hyperlinks are permitted.
• Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.
• Collaborative works are not allowed in any writing categories.


Critical Essay

Category Description
Writing intended to inform or convince a reader about a specific idea or topic, such as art or media reviews, persuasive essays, opinion essays, etc.

Special Instructions
Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.

Limits
500–3,000 words.



Dramatic Script

Category Description
Work that uses dialogue, action and stage direction to tell a story, including scripts for television, film, or stage.

Special Instructions
Excerpts can be submitted, but should be clearly labeled as excerpts.
     
Limits
Dramatic Script entries may be up to 25 pages long.




Flash Fiction

Category Description
Highly-focused stories characterized by brevity. 

Special Instructions
Please note word length for Flash Fiction compared to Short Story. Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories.

Limits
Maximum 1,000 words




Humor

Category Description
Writing that uses comedic forms such as jokes, satire, farce, irony, parody, absurdity,  comedic anecdote, etc.

Special Instructions
All work in which humor is the key element should be submitted in this category.

       
Limits
500 – 3,000 words




Journalism

Category Description
Writing that informs and educates about newsworthy topics or current events, characterized by a presentation of facts or description of events.

Examples (including but not limited to)
Writing intended for publication in newspapers, magazines or online media and characterized by a presentation of facts or description of events.

Special Instructions
Works cited are not considered part of the word count.

       
Limits
500–3,000 words.






Novel Writing

Category Description
A long form prose narrative. Please submit an excerpt no longer than 50 pages, and follow the instructions below. 

1. Submissions must be uploaded to your student account at www.artandwriting.org/studen/login AND printed and mailed to the address below with the submission form.
2. Printed work must be double-spaced in 12-point font with one-inch margins 
3. The title of the work should appear at the top of the first page only. Do not use a separate title page.
4. The student’s name and school must NOT appear on the manuscript.
5. Adaptations of or sequels to existing published series are not accepted.
6. Due to the large volume of submissions, we’re unable to give feedback on manuscripts.

Novel submissions must include an outline of 500 words or less (up to two pages) of the entire novel. The outline is meant to provide readers with an understanding of the full scope and plot of your novel. It does not count toward the maximum page limit.

Email thewritersball@mail.com if you have questions.

       
Additional Instructions
Submission forms for Novel Writing MUST be postmarked by Jan 16, 2016 and sent to: The Writers Ball, Attn: Novel Writing Submission, 1544 Wellborn Road #317, Redan, Ga 30074. The submission fee for novel entries is $5. Please make payment by PayPal.

Limits
An excerpt up to 50 pages (do not include the outline in the page count).





Personal Essay / Memoir

Category Description
A non-fiction work based on opinion, experience, and/or emotion that explores a topic or event of importance to the author.

Special Instructions
Essays in which humor is the key element should be submitted to the humor category.
       
Limits
500–3,000 words.




Poetry

Category Description
Writing in verse. May include but is not limited to prose poetry, free verse, formal poetry, song lyrics, and spoken word.

Special Instructions
Each submission may consist of 1–5 poems, which will be judged as a collection. Students may submit more than one collection, but must register each separately.
        
Limits
20–200 lines (total for the entire collection).





Science Fiction / Fantasy

Category Description
Writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific and technological themes as a key element of the narrative.

Special Instructions
All work in which science fiction/fantasy is the key element should be submitted in this category, even if it would be applicable in another category. Do not base characters or plots on already published works (books, movies, comics, etc.).

Limits
500–3,000 words.






Short Story

Category Description
A fictional narrative written in prose.

Special Instructions
All stories that are 1,000 words or less should be submitted to the Flash Fiction category. Short Stories in which humor or science fiction/fantasy are key elements should be submitted in those respective categories.
       
Limits
1,000–3,000 words.