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Western Writers of America is sponsoring a micro-western contest.  Micro-westerns are original Western fiction, nonfiction, or poetry stories 280 characters in length (the equivalent of two tweets).  Participants have the opportunity to win $500 in cash prizes and have their work recognized and electronically published by WWA.  First prize is $300, second is $125, and third prize is $75.  

Interested writers with the gift of brevity can post their Westerns on the Western Writers of America’s Twitter account (@Western_Writers) as a private message between September 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.  Winners will be announced on December 15, 2017.  

The Overview

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The Contest in a Nutshell

The “WWA Micro-Western Contest” will be conducted using Western Writer’s of America’s (WWA) Twitter account. Participants in the contest will have the opportunity to win $500 in cash prizes and have their work recognized and electronically published by WWA. Micro-Westerns are defined as original Western fiction, nonfiction, or poetry stories 280 characters in length (the equivalent of two tweets). The character length includes all punctuation and spaces.

 

 

The micro-western contest will allow followers of WWA’s Twitter account to submit one original story (fictional/nonfiction/poetry/essay) no more than 280 characters in length. Twitter allows users to compose and publish “micro-blogs” that are 140 characters in length. These micro-blogs are referred to as tweets. The submitted micro-westerns will be two tweets in length. All micro-westerns will be submitted to the WWA Twitter account as Private Messages (PMs).  All award winners will only be announced on the WWA website (www.westernwriters.org).

The judging of all micro-westerns will be conducted by WWA Members.

Contest Rules

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The following bulleted list contains the micro-western rules and guidelines that all contestants must follow in order to have their stories reviewed. The rules for the Twitter contest will be provided on WWA’s following platforms: website (westernwriters.org), Facebook Page, and Twitter account.

  • The “WWA Micro-Western Contest” will be conducted using the Western Writers of America (WWA) Twitter account (@Western_Writers) and ONLY the WWA Twitter account. Micro-Westerns submitted to the WWA Facebook page will not be accepted and therefore will be eliminated from competition.
  • The duration of the contest will last 3 months during the year 2017 and the months September-November.
  • Contest participants will have one month to enter an original fictional micro-western story to the WWA Twitter account. (All entries must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2017). During the following two months, the micro-westerns will be judged to determine a contest winner.
  • The micro-westerns may only be submitted to the WWA Twitter account via Private Message (PM). No micro-western tweeted directly to the WWA Twitter feed will be accepted and therefore will be eliminated from competition and deleted from the WWA Twitter feed.
  • Contest participants MUST be “followers” of WWA’s Twitter account (@Western_Writers). If contestants enter a micro-western and are not followers that particular micro-western will be eliminated from competition.
  • Contest winners will only be announced on WWA’s website (www.westernwriters.org)
  • Contest participants do not have to be members of WWA.
  • All micro-westerns MUST be no longer than 280 characters in length (the equivalent of two tweets including spaces and punctuation).
  • Contest participants may only enter one micro-western into the contest. Meaning, ONE story per Twitter account. Multiple micro-westerns submitted by one account will eliminate the contestant’s entries from competition. No exceptions!
  • Micro-western fictional stories may consist of the following recognized sub-western genres: Traditional Western (Cowboys and Indians set in the Old West – think Louis L’Amour); Modern West (Stories set in the mid 20th century to present day – think Craig Johnson’s Longmire); Weird West (Horror Western/Sci-fi Western/Fantasy Western – think Stephen King’s Dark Tower series or Cowboys and Aliens); and Romance Westerns (Think Diana Palmer or Joan Johnston).
  • Micro-westerns can encompass themes of crime and drama as well, but all micro-westerns MUST contain elements or themes specific to the People, Places, and Experiences of the American West.
  • These micro-westerns can also feature nonfiction subjects such as poetry and essays about the West.
  • The micro-western, once submitted by a contest participant, becomes property of WWA. The organization also retains the right to republish, use in promotion, or repurpose in anyway any submitted micro-western. Entering this contest relinquishes all rights to WWA.
  • WWA reserves the right to refuse any micro-western for any reason as decided by the contest judges.

Contest Awards

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The following bulleted list describes the awards and recognition given to the contest winners. The contest will give away $500 in cash prizes and allow the winning contestants to have their work featured on WWA’s website. There will be three levels of cash awards given to the micro-westerns judged to be the best (first, second, and third places).

  • The micro-western judged to be the first place finisher will receive $300 and have their micro-western featured on the WWA website.
  • The micro-western judged to be the second place finisher will receive $125 and have their micro-western featured on the WWA website.
  • The micro-western judged to be the third place finisher will receive $75 and have their micro-western featured on the WWA website.

 

Micro-Western Example

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The following “story” is an example of a micro-western. This story would be categorized as a “traditional” micro-western. These entries are each 140 characters in length (the equivalent of one tweet) and combined they are 280 characters which make up a single “micro-western.”

 

[Sara glared in2 the steely gray eyes of McCloud, the land swindler who killed her Pa. “Draw!” she bellowed. Both unholstered their revolvers!]

[The report of Sara’s pistol echoed in the night! She was quick and McCloud was dead. Vengeance claimed she rode off on the dusty plains alone.]