Writing Competition and Rules

The competition rules have changed. 

 All contestants should carefully read the new rules and, if they have any questions, contact the Competition Chair, Darlene Bryant, frmrtcher@gmail.com, for clarification before submitting any entries.

By submitting an entry, all contestants agree to be bound by the following rules:

All online entries must be submitted on or before Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Mail-in entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 6, 2019, as evidenced by the postmark.  In either case, submissions must be accompanied by payment in full.

Late entries, those not accompanied by the correct entry fee, or any other deviation from the rules, including, but not limited to, submission of material in the wrong category, will also result in the rejection of the submission without notice. NO EXCEPTIONS.

No refunds of the submission fee will be made.

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to all writers, editors, publishers, photographers, artists and others whose work falls into the designated competition categories.
  • Members and non-members may apply.
  • Competition is open to all eligible writers worldwide.
  • Discounted member entry fees are available to members in good standing as of May 1, 2019.
  • Only original work published between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 will be accepted.
  • Reprints, revisions, updates of previously published work are not eligible.
  • An entry may be submitted in only one regular category. Exception: A book containing art may be submitted in a book category and in one or more art categories and requires two or more entry fees.
  • Magazines, newsletters and blogs must be published at least quarterly.
  • Submissions begin July 9, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EST. The competition closes for online entries on September 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
  • All mail-in entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 6, 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Entry Fees

Discounted Member entry fees are accepted for members in good standing as of May 1, 2019.

REGULAR CATEGORY ENTRY FEE
Member: $15.00
Non-Member: $20.00

SPECIAL AWARD CATEGORY ENTRY FEE
Member: $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00

Special Award Entries

  • Special Awards are made possible through the generosity of individuals and organizations, and consist of awards as noted in the list of Special Award Categories.
  • Special Award Sponsors are not involved in selecting winners.
  • Special Award entry MUST ALSO BE entered in a regular category.

Submission Formats

  • Hard copy or online submissions are acceptable.
  • Publication name and date must be visible on each entry.
  • All information must be legible.
  • Everyone must fill out the entry form online which is found by clicking the ENTER THE COMPETITION button below.

Two Ways To Enter

Instructions For Online Entries

ONLINE ENTRY FOR REGULAR AND SPECIAL CATEGORIES: Everything you need to submit and pay online is found by clicking the Enter The Competition button below.

  • Payment of entry fees will be collected via Paypal with all online entry forms.
  • Everyone must fill out the entry form online.
  •  Submissions for online entries may be submitted digitally on the entry form, or via US Mail.
  • If you wish to avoid online payment, fill out the online entry form, and then mail a check or money order payable to DWAA. Send a note indicating which category/categories for which you are entering to:

Darlene Bryant, Competition Chair
36 East Pettebone Street, Forty Fort, PA 18704

Instructions For Snail Mail Hard Copy Entries

  • REGULAR CATEGORY: One entry form completed online per category plus three copies of submission.
    • For club magazines, club publications, and club newsletters: Two issues are required; therefore, you must submit three sets of two issues.
    • For the book category, letter N, you must submit four (4) copies of your book to the Competition Chair.
  • Those who paid online must include a Paypal receipt in your package, to easily match up your mailed items with your online entry and payment.
  • Everyone must fill out the entry form online which is found by clicking the Enter The Competition button on this page.
  • When snail mailing anything to the Contest Chair, include three copies of the submission, a note indicating which regular category for which you are entering, along with a check or money order payable to DWAA.
  • Mail hard copy entries to:
    Darlene Bryant, Competition Chair
    36 East Pettebone Street, Forty Fort, PA 18704
  • Entries must be postmarked by Friday, September 6, 2019. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Entries cannot be returned, and all material becomes the property of DWAA for the purposes of administering the competition.
  • PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST SIGNATURE FOR MAIL RECEIPT.
  • DWAA is not responsible for entries lost in transit.
  • SPECIAL CATEGORY: Entrant must send two (2) additional copies of submission.
  • Articles submitted by snail mail must be clipped from magazines, newspapers, newsletters, or printed from online sources.
  • Those who entered online must include a Paypal receipt in your package, to easily match up your mailed items with your online entry.
  • Everyone must fill out the entry form online which is found by clicking the Enter The Competition button above.
  • When snail mailing anything to the Contest Chair, include two copies of the submission, a note indicating which special category for which you are entering, along with a check or money order payable to DWAA.
  • Mail hard copy entries to:
    Darlene Bryant, Competition Chair
    36 East Pettebone Street, Forty Fort, PA 18704
  • Entries must be postmarked by Friday, September 6, 2019. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Entries cannot be returned, and all material becomes the property of DWAA for the purposes of administering the competition.
  • PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST SIGNATURE FOR MAIL RECEIPT.
  • DWAA is not responsible for entries lost in transit.

“As you know I was completely surprised when you announced my name as the 2014 winner of the Best Children’s Book category for my book, Maggie Goes to Maine. We decided to come to New York for the banquet because I felt so honored just to be a nominee. Needless to say I am thrilled and have enjoyed showing my beautiful Maxwell Medallion to family and friends. Please extend my sincere thanks to others in the Dog Writers Association of America.”

Betsey Anderson

Entrant Responsibilities

  • In no event will DWAA’s liability exceed the amount of the submission fee.
  • Entries may be made on behalf of someone else, but the name of the person creating the work must be listed as the entrant. The entrant’s and submitter’s address and contact information are required.
  • All names and contact information of co-creators are required.
  • Any threats or insults directed to the Competition Chair, DWAA, or its members in relation to the Competition will be deemed cause to terminate an individual’s ability to participate in any future Writing Competitions.  Such decisions will be made by the Competition Chair and the Executive Committee and will be final.

Judging & Awards Information

  • A panel of three judges scores each entry. Judges consist of DWAA members and non-members who are professional writers and editors. Judges’ scores determine the nominees and winners. Judges may enter the competition, but will not judge entries in categories they enter.
  • Judges’ decisions are final. A list of judges will be posted some time in October, 2019.
  • Nominees will be announced via DWAA’s website and social media properties (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook) on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Winners will be announced the evening of Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the DWAA Awards Banquet.
  • Nominees in the regular and special categories receive certificates. Winners of regular categories receive the DWAA Maxwell Medallion, named in honor of the late Maxwell Riddle. Winners of special categories receive awards as listed.