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Enter the 2017 Central PA Writing Contest!

Written by WITF | Nov 7, 2016 8:00 AM
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All entries must be postmarked
no later than February 3, 2017.

Do you have a story to tell? Put your literary skills to the test! WITF in partnership with the PA Media Group presents the 2017 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 3, 2017.

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Central PA magazine will be accepting original, unpublished work not exceeding 1,500 words. Entries can be fiction, humorous or serious, or short stories (original, unpublished, work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.)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 March 30, 2017. 

Competition rules are available in the November/December 2016 issue of Central PA magazine and below. Entries, prepared in accordance with contest rules, are to be mailed to: 

2017 Central PA Writing Contest
WITF Public Media Center
4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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The 2017 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  • Original, unpublished work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.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 3, 2017.
  • 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 March 30, 2017. (Winning manuscripts could possibly be published in Central PA Magazine during summer 2017.)

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 2017 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 WITF TV 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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