The Last Minute

By Martha Greenway, SCWW Contests Chair

I hate to admit it but all too often I live by the adage, “If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done.” But, you don’t have to live that way! Today is April 8 and you have twenty-two days to submit an entry in the 2012 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards contest.

There are some major changes this year. First, the deadline now coincides with The Petigru Review (March 1 – April 30). Next, the first place award is a full scholarship (including the Friday night banquet) to the Annual Conference in October and the second place winner receives a free 30-minute critique at the Annual Conference plus the Friday night banquet and both first and second place winners will be published in The Petigru Review.

We’re going green, all submissions are electronic. No more printing out four copies of your submission and mailing those heavy packages.

You can submit one each in three genres: First Chapter Novel (up to 3,500 words), Fiction (up to 2,500 words) and Nonfiction (up to 2,000 words). Check out all the guidelines at www.myscww.org. Click on 2012 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards or SCWW Contests.

Be inspired by the rebirth of spring and create something new or dust off an older manuscript, do a little re-writing if needed but submit.

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