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Enter the 2016 Central PA Writing Contest!

Written by WITF.org | Oct 28, 2015 9:10 AM

All entries must be postmarked
no later than February 26, 2016.

Do you have a story to tell? Put your literary skills to the test! WITF in partnership with the PA Media Group presents the 2016 Central PA Magazine Writing Contest. Supported by York College of Pennsylvania. Submit your best short story for a chance to get published and win cash prizes! Entries must be postmarked by February 26, 2016.

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Central PA magazine will be accepting original, unpublished work not exceeding 1,500 words. Entries can be fiction, humorous or serious, or short stories (original, unpublished, work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.)  A distinguished panel of professional area communicators will conduct final judging. Winners will be announced at an event at York College on April 28, 2016. 

Competition rules are available in the November/December 2015 issue of Central PA magazine and below. Entries, prepared in accordance with contest rules, are to be mailed to: 

2016 Central PA Writing Contest
WITF Public Media Center
4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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The 2016 Central PA Writing Contest is a partnership of WITF and PA Media Group and with additional support from York College of Pennsylvania. Central PA magazine is published by PA Media Group.

  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest. Customer disclosure: You have not yet won.
  • Original, unpublished work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.  
  • 1,500-word maximum; one entry per person.  No multiple entries by the same individual in any way. 
  • No entry fee.
  • Entries must be postmarked by February 26, 2016.
  • The contest is only open to legal residents of Pennsylvania who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsors, the judges, or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in same household, as such individuals. Past winners of this contest are eligible to enter again.
  • Winners will be announced at York College on April 28, 2016. (Winning manuscripts could possibly be published in Central PA Magazine during summer 2016.)

Writing Contest Sponsors:


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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST

A purchase will not improve chances of winning.
CONSUMER DISCLOSURE: You have not yet won.

OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY

Submissions must include the following**:
(a) Six (6) copies of your titled manuscript, typed or computer-printed, on standard white 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper, double-spaced and stapled. Manuscript title must appear at the top of the first page of each copy. Do not include your name or personal information anywhere on the manuscript.

(b) A separate cover page with your manuscript's title, your name, address, day and evening phone numbers and your email address. The cover page must include the following statement, followed by your signature:

"I am submitting the attached manuscript as an entry in the 2016 Central PA Writing Contest. I warrant that this manuscript has not been previously published in full or in part, and is not being considered for publication by anyone else. I agree that if my manuscript is chosen by the judges for an award, my work may be published in Central PA Magazine, that WITF 89.5 & 93.3 or WITFTV will be free to broadcast readings of my work (or excerpts thereof), and that WITF and PA Media Group may reproduce my work (or excerpts thereof), in any print, broadcast or electronic medium for promotional purposes.  I agree that the editorial staff of Central PA will be free to edit and/or abridge my work as deemed necessary to ready it for publication. I will retain all other rights to my work."

(c) A stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope for notification of results of the first round. NO results will be given by phone or email. Individual manuscripts will not be critiqued.

**Submissions that do not include these items will be disqualified.

This contest is only open to legal residents of Pennsylvania who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry, except officers, directors, members, and employees of the Sponsors, the judges, or any other party associated with the development or administration of this Promotion, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household, as such individuals. Past winners of this contest are eligible to enter again.

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  • ToniANFPA img 2015-11-06 08:44

    Greetings WITF, Well, I wish I could join this great program but my story is 14,737 words long and that's not including the poetry. To be honest, most of my blog entries are longer than 1,500 words. heh heh Still, I understand the need for the limitation - too time consuming on the poor judges.
    Anyway, wishing everyone good luck and thanks, WITF, for all the good you do for all the community. :)
    Blessings...
    ToniANFPA
    Linglestown, PA

  • LarryD img 2015-12-18 11:49

    I am also finding the story length too skimpy. I have a story ready but it's 2200+ words. I really can't pare it down any further.Too bad, but will have to pass on this contest.

  • tonymoore99 img 2016-01-19 14:07

    Wait, we have to mail in six copies of the work and include an SASE to get results? Is it 1986? This is so confusing (and will drastically reduce the number of people who would normally enter).

  • Honest Abe img 2016-01-28 10:37

    OK, I did some research for you all:

    3 reams of paper wasted mailing in approximately 248 entries. Why can't we do this online instead?

    Having to submit our names on a separate sheet of paper. For confidentiality, we should do this online and get a PIN number. It's too easy for whoever opens these to notate who wrote what and rig the contest.

    Amateurs competing with published authors, who have won multiple times. Hmmm....I'm not saying that there's monkey business going on here, but you have to wonder how someone can win multiple times with all that competition. Is everyone else really that bad?

    Reading the fine print, learning that we give up all rights to our work even if we don't win. They can also make a Hollywood movie out of our stories and we won't receive a cent. That's it, I'm out. Too bad, I'm a great story teller.