Writing Contests provide the Mountain Valley Writers with the chance to encourage others to leap into words.

The Mountain Valley Writers are committed to encouraging the telling of tales and the crafting of amazing stories. This year we will be hosting the Lit Fest and Author Celebration on March 25th, 2017 at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. Authors from all over will be on site with their books and with their stories. Winners from the contests will be awarded their prizes and allowed to share their tales.

Sign up for the contests or mark your calendars so you can come up to the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge and support these amazing wordsmiths.

Writing Contests for 2017

    2017 Mountain Valley Writers Tall Tale Contest

    What :  ”Alabama Places”
          Honoring the State of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration and Year of Places

    Who :  The contest is open to Alabama students under 15 years old.
    Note to parents :  If your child cannot write yet, you may type their words for them.

    Categories :

    1. Ages 10 and under
    2. Ages 11 – 14

    When :  Send your entry before midnight (CST) March 1, 2017.

    Prizes :
    One winner from each category will receive the following prizes.
    1. Publication on MountainValleyWriters.com
    2. 1st: $75 cash; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $25
    3. Certificate of Achievement

    Judging :
    1. Does the story focus on a place in Alabama?
    2. Does the story teller give a unique perspective?
    3. Does the story grab the readers?
    4. Does the story flow enough to keep the attention of the reader?
    5. Do the words show the story?

    How to Enter :
    1. Make your story appropriate for kids. The focus of the story must be a place in Alabama.
    2. The story MUST be less than 1500 words
    3. Fill out a Contest Entry Form (click here)
    4. If you prefer, you may send your submission(s) through the mail to:

    Mountain Valley Writers – Story Contest
    P.O. Box 434
    Guntersville, AL 35976

Please note :  Mountain Valley Writers will hold first rights for online publication until May 1st following the contest. After that all rights will revert to the author. In the event that the stories are compiled into a book, authors will be given the choice to opt in or out of the endeavor. Print copies will not be returned.

Winner Notification :  Winners will be announced at the Author Celebration Day at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge on March 25th, 2017.

Please help us spread the word.  Download, copy and distribute any of these forms.

    2017 Mountain Valley Writers Spring SELTI

    What :  ”Marshall County Alabama”
          Honoring the State of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration and Year of Places

    Who :  The contest is open to anyone interested in featuring a place in Marshall County.

    When :  Send your entry before midnight (Central), March 1, 2017.

    Prizes :
    Winners will receive the following prizes.
    1. Publication on MountainValleyWriters.com and SELTI.org
    2. 1st: $125 cash; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50
    3. Certificate of Achievement

    Judging :
    Official Rules
    • story must be set in a tourism attraction of the Marshall County, Alabama
    • story must use creative angle to encourage readers to visit the Marshall County area
    • maximum word count: 2,000
    • $5.00 (included in ticket to the Mountain Valley Writers Conference)
    • entry deadline: March 1, 2017
    • projected announcement of winner: March 25th, 2017
    • Winning story will be published online at SELTI and include photos, tourism guide, and a link to the tourism attraction promoted. SELTI receives first time electronic publication rights, and author retains all other rights.
    • After winner is selected, a short bio and profile photo will be requested for online publication with the short story on SELTI

    How to Enter :
    1. Make your story appropriate family friendly (no explicit material is allowed). The focus of the story must be a place in Marshall County – please take a moment and visit www.SELTI.org to learn more about tourism $
    2. Pay your $5.00 entry fee (waivers are provided to those attending the Mountain Valley Writers Conference)
    3. Fill out a Contest Entry Form (you will receive the link when you pay the entry fee)
    4. If you prefer, you may send your submission(s) through the mail to:

    Mountain Valley Writers – Story Contest
    P.O. Box 434
    Guntersville, AL 35976

Please note :  Mountain Valley Writers will hold first rights for online publication until May 1st following the contest. After that all rights will revert to the author. In the event that the stories are compiled into a book, authors will be given the choice to opt in or out of the endeavor. Print copies will not be returned.

Winner Notification :  Winners will be announced at the Lit Fest and Author Celebration at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge on March 25th, 2017.

Please help us spread the word.  Download, copy and distribute any of these forms