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Creative Writing Festival - November 14, 2012
We are happy to announce the High School Creative Writing Festival for the year 2012 and to invite you and your writing students to attend and participate in this twenty-eighth annual festival at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Each year approximately 700 students and teachers participate in the festival. We are pleased to be able to offer you and your students this day of stimulating exposure to the writing of their peers and the chance to hear their work discussed and evaluated by professional writers in a college setting.
Entry Categories and Rules for Submission
- A participant may submit in only one (1) category. See category chart below.
- Participants must mail in ONE registration form and TWO copies each of the Identification & Proof of Originality cover sheet (completed and signed), the submission cover page, and the submission (two copies of music or multimedia is required).
- All manuscripts must be typed, double spaced, stapled together, and mailed before the deadline.
- All manuscripts must have a typed cover page bearing the author's typed name, title of the work (poetry may have up to three titles per submission), and name of the school.
- Multimedia entries must send a description if the submission is not suitable for mailing.
- Submissions must be postmarked by October 12, 2012.
- Each school is limited to twenty-five (25) submissions. There is no limit to the number of students you may bring.
- Participants should bring at least twenty (20) copies of their manuscripts to be taken to the session at which their work will be evaluated.
- To ensure the continued quality of the Festival experience, we may have to limit the number of participants.
- We regret that late or carry-in submissions cannot be considered, except in the genre of multimedia. Multimedia descriptions must be sent in advance.
- Students should pick up their annotated manuscripts at the end of the workshop session time they were assigned to.
|8:00 - 9:00 am||Check-In, Hamilton Room (in the University Center)|
|9:00 - 9:50 am||Convocation, Hamilton Center|
|10:00 - 10:50 am||Workshops|
|11:00 - 11:50 am||Workshops|
|12:00 - 12:50 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:50 pm||Workshops|
|2:00 - 2:50 pm||Workshops|
|3:00 - 3:50 pm||Workshops|
|4:00 - 4:50 pm||Workshops|
|5:00 - 5:45 pm||Awards Ceremony, Hamilton Room|
For the Students
- Workshops are designed for students in grades 9-12
- Students' work will be discussed in the sessions
- Workshops are limited, and student writers will be assigned in advance to the workshop in which their work is critiqued
- Non-submitting participants may attend any session of their choice
- Every submission will be carefully read and considered
- A professional writer will make written comments on the original manuscript
- Because of the great number of entries in some categories such as poetry, our faculty cannot always discuss every work submitted
- At check-in, participants will receive a copy of the schedule designating the workshop assigned and its location
- Lunch for the participants will be on their own.
For the Teachers
UW-Whitewater staff members and visiting writers will coordinate special teachers’ writing workshops to be held concurrently with the students’ workshops. A session on the teaching of creative writing will be conducted and a workshop for teachers will be offered if there is sufficient interest. Teachers who want to submit their own work for consideration in a Teachers’ Writing Workshop should submit their work by October 12, 2012. Lunch for the teachers will be included in the fee.
Prizes & Refunds
Prize money has been approximately $700 in previous Creative Writing Festivals. It is anticipated that this year’s Festival will award a comparable amount. Awarding of prizes will depend on the number and quality of submissions per genre. We regret that it will not be possible to give refunds to those students who are unable to attend. Teachers may receive refunds, less a $5 handling fee, if notification is received before November 2, 2012.
$23.00 Students with Submission and attendance fee
$18.00 Attendance fee (students not submitting a manuscript)
$27.00 Teacher Fee
Students who do not wish to submit a manuscript for evaluation in a workshop are still welcome to attend the Festival. These students are encouraged to participate in discussions of the work being considered in the various workshops. Students may not submit a manuscript for evaluation if they do not attend the Festival. Please submit one check from the school or adviser to cover all students attending. A catered luncheon is included in the teacher's fee. Students will be "on their own" for lunch. Student luncheon options, both on and off campus, will be included in the packet received at check-in.
Entry Category & Limitations
- Children's Literature - Maximum: 10 pages
- Drama or Screenplay - Maximum: 15 pages
- Essay - Maximum: 5 Pages
- Humor - Maximum: 10 pages
- Multimedia - No limitations
- Poetry - Maximum: 3 poems
- Prose Poem/Flash Fiction - Maximum: 3 pieces
- Science Fiction/Fantasy - Maximum: 10 pages
- Short Fiction - Maximum: 10 pages
- Song Lyrics - Send taped music or CD & hard copy of lyrics
- Tales of Terror & Mystery - Maximum: 10 pages
Identification & Proof of Originality
Each applicant submitting work must have the Identification & Proof of Originality Form attached, and completely filled in, as a cover sheet to each copy of their work. It is available in the Creative Writing Brochure.
This sheet identifies the student, the school, the title and category of the entry. Each student must fill in the blanks and sign the Statement of Responsibility for each entry to be official. (Please make additional copies as needed.)