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The Motherhood Muse WRITING CONTEST

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Contents
I. Writing Guidelines
II. Prizes
III. Deadlines
IV. Submission Guidelines
V. Terms & Conditions

I. Writing Guidelines

1. There are two categories that you may choose from: Fiction Short Story and Non-Fiction Literary Essay.
2. The story and characters of the fiction short story must be fiction.
3. Entry must be between 500 - 1,200 words. (The title is not included in the word count.)
4. Use Times New Roman (size 12 font) or Arial (size 11 font), double-space in the email.
5. Word count should be noted at the end of the entry with your personal information.
6. Open prompt for both categories. Any genre is accepted.
7. Each entry will be evaluated for key components of literature (voice, figurative language, original approach to the story or essay, engaging character development, strength of opening and ending, mechanics and structure).

II. Prizes
1. Four total winners will be chosen.
2. First Place for Fiction Short Story and Non-Fiction Literary Essay (each winner will receive): $100 + publication in the e-Zine + interview on the blog
3. Second Place for Fiction Short Story and Non-Fiction Literary Essay (each winner will receive): $50 + publication in the e-Zine + interview on the blog

III. Deadlines

1. SPRING Contest - Deadline is May 1, 2010 (Midnight PST)
2. FALL Contest - Deadline is November 1, 2010 (Midnight PST)

IV. Submission Guidelines

STEP 1: Complete the ENTRY FORM with your name, email address, title of entry, and in comments if your PayPal name/email is different.
STEP 2: Make your payment of $10 by PayPal.
STEP 3: Email your submission to
(replace (at) with @)

· DO NOT submit your entry as an attachment. Copy it into the body of the email.
· In the subject of your email write "fiction" or "non-fiction" for the type of entry.
· Use the following order for your email entry:
o Title
o Entry
o Your FIRST and LAST name
o Address
o Phone number
o Email address
o PayPal Transaction ID #
o WORD COUNT


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.


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