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Island Writers

Written Word Entry Rules





Boyd Pratt info@sjcfair.org

Questions: 360-378-4310

Please include an Open Class Exhibitor Form with entry

(Available to print from Fair Website or local libraries)

Location: San Juan Historic Museum’s Historic Cabin (near North end of Main Building)


Prize money will be awarded to Adults (18 and older) and Young Adult (11-17) only.All youth (10 and under) who enter their

writing will receive a special ribbon

Blue $5

Red $3

White Ribbon only



JULY 19TH, 2019

1. Limit of four entries per person.

2. All entries must be written by the entrant, original in 2017/2018 and unpublished.

3. Please submit two copies (not necessary If emailing) of each entry for judging purposes. The title should be at the top of

the first page of each copy.Your name should not appear on these copies.

4. Include one title page per entry that includes

  • title
  • word count (prose) or line count (poetry),
  • class and lot
  • your name
  • age group (adult, young adult: 11-17, youth: 10 and under)
  • address
  • phone number and/or e-mail address
  • 5. Creative nonfiction may include writing such as essays, memoirs, literary journalism, narrative history, and travel writing.

    6. Any entries exceeding the established word or

    line count for the lot in which it is entered in may not be judged.

    7. Entries must be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper in 12pt font. Prose must be double-spaced.Poetry should be single-spaced.

    8. Entries can be mailed, emailed or dropped off at the Fairgrounds.

    9. An Open Class Exhibitors form must be filled out and submitted with your entry. Forms are available at local libraries and online on the Fair website (in the island writer’s section).

    10. All entries must be picked up on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Main Fair Office.

    Class I: Prose


    1. Short fiction -- 1,500 words or less

    2. Creative nonfiction - any subject - 1500 words or less

    3. Fair theme: " Rockin’ the Salish Sea" 750 words; creative nonfiction or fiction

    4. New Language - 750 words or less text, tweet, rap format

    Class II: Poetry


    1. Poetry, rhymed - 50 lines or less

    2. Poetry, unrhymed - 50 lines or less

    3. Fair theme: "Rockin’ the Salish Sea" - 50 lines, may be rhymed or unrhymed

    Class III: Lot I Writing for Children

    Special Rules:

    1. Short fiction only

    2. 1000 Words or less

    3. Appropriate themes, topics, and language for children

    4. Target audience - children aged preschool to 8 years

    5. Do not include illustrations of any kind

    MAIL ENTRIES TO:Island Writers, San Juan County Fair, POB 1094, Friday Harbor, WA98250

    Postmarked by JULY 19TH, 2019




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