Are You a High School Junior? Then Enter Our Creative Writing Contest. You May be Our Next Winner!

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ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord College and West Virginia Words announce the 4th annual creative writing contest targeting high school juniors. Three winners will each receive $100 savings bonds. Their teachers will receive $50 and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner’s submissions will be published in West Virginia Words.

Over 150 entries were submitted the last three years according to contest sponsors, Concord President Jerry Beasley and West Virginia Words Publisher Dr. David Corcoran, Sr.

Contest Rules

  • This year’s topic for both prose and poetry is “Appalachia: The Best of West Virginia.”
  • The general writing categories will be as follows: short story (fiction), short story (non-fiction), and poetry.
  • Interested students should indicate contest categories at the top of their submission. Short stories should be 3-6 pages in length, type-written (or laser printed) and double-spaced. Poems must be no more than 20 lines.
  • Students need to supply the following information in a cover letter: name, address, telephone number, date of birth, names of parents or guardians, high school, high school English teacher’s name, college plans, favorite musical group/hobby/movie, biography (1-2 paragraphs), and a recent photo.

Mail entries to: Junior Writers Contest, Office of the President, Concord

College, P.O. Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712. Deadline for the contest is January 31, 2001.

Robert M. Wallace, Delilah F. Conley and Jean Beasley will represent the college as contest judges. West Virginia Words Publisher Dr. David Corcoran, Sr. will also assist with the judging.

For more information on the contest, call 1-304-384-5224 or 1-304-462-7309, or e-mail


Concord College Notes: The contest was developed by Dr. Jerry Beasley, president of Concord College, and Dr. David H. Corcoran, Sr., publisher of West Virginia Words. The contest gives high school juniors an opportunity to develop their writing skills and get their writing published. West Virginia Words is a literary publication; 15,000 copies are distributed quarterly to 155 high schools, 25 colleges and West Virginia Highway Information Centers. West Virginia Words is in its 6th year of publication.

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