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ASYAWC – Writing Guidelines

Writers can submit multiple entries, but each entry must be done individually; only students in their senior year can submit a portfolio. Seniors can submit up to two portfolios, but each must be submitted individually. A $5 entry fee is required for each individual entry and $10 for each portfolio.

POETRY All poems must be 2 pages or less (or 86 lines/1,000 words) on any subject or theme.

FICTION All fiction must be no more than 5000 words and may be on any subject or theme and in any style. For example, all short/flash/science fiction, novel excerpts, and screenplays are accepted.

NONFICTION All nonfiction must be no more than 3000 words and may be on any subject or theme and in any style. For example, all non-fiction stories, essays, critique/analysis, diary/journal entries and autobiographies are accepted.

NOVEL EXCERPT Novel excerpts can be any genre, fiction and nonfiction. Maximum, 5,000 words. A 200-word brief is allowed to summarize the context of the excerpt.

JOURNALISM This category includes nonfiction work only with a maximum word count of 3,000. All styles of journalism is accepted – opinion, review, analysis, feature, hard news, profile, sports. Sources must be cited. Works cited are not considered part of the word count. Entries that have been previously published, must make note at the top of the entry, and include an email address of the editor.

FLASH FICTION  This means, tell your story in a flash. You’ve got up to 900 words to tell a very focused story.

PORTFOLIO  A portfolio must include 4-8 different works from varying categories or from only one category, and must adhere to the word count of each category; novel excerpts are not allowed.


All submissions must be in PDF or Word file document; double spaced; 12 point font. Times New Roman. There is only one entry allowed per registration. If you have multiple entries, you must create a new registration for each one. Each poem, story, et al. must be contained within its own document. Please include in the top left corner of your document, the title of your piece and the genre. All entries are judged on anonymity. Do not include your name!


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