Wyoming County, WV, is a treasure trove of history and culture, and what better way to celebrate and preserve it than through the art of writing? The Wyoming County Planning Commission, in collaboration with the Beckley Area Foundation (BAF), proudly announces the Wyoming County Writing Contest for 2024. This initiative, now in its fourth year, aims to encourage and recognize the literary talents of Wyoming County residents while fostering a deeper connection to the rich tapestry of our local history and culture.
Lonnie Bailey, a prolific author with 22 books to his name, including 21 poetry collections, has been a driving force behind this endeavor. His remarkable literary career spans publications in numerous anthologies, songs on sixteen CDs, and even a play performed by the Mullens Community Theater. To give back to his community, Lonnie Bailey established the Literature Fund for Wyoming County at BAF, ensuring the continuation of the contest and supporting local writers. The awards are a testament to his passion for literature, having received numerous national and international honors, including four inductions into the Poetry Hall of Fame.
The Wyoming County Writing Contest invites residents from various age groups, from elementary students to adults, to explore the theme of Wyoming County History & Culture. With categories spanning Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adults (18+), this contest accommodates a diverse range of voices. It’s an opportunity for writers to delve into the heritage of Wyoming County, expressing their perspectives and insights through the written word.
The contest boasts exciting prizes for each category, with monetary awards and medals awaiting the talented winners. From elementary to high school levels, and even for adults, there’s a chance for everyone to shine:
Elementary (1st-5th grade):
1st – $150/medal
2nd – $100/medal
3rd – $50/medal
Middle School (6th-8th grade):
1st – $200/medal
2nd – $150/medal
High School (9th-12th grade):
1st – $200/medal
2nd – $150/medal
1st – $500/medal
2nd – $400/medal
These prizes are a testament to the commitment to recognizing and encouraging the literary talent that thrives within Wyoming County.
To ensure fairness and impartial judgment, the contest has established guidelines that must be followed:
Submissions can be made to the Planning Commission between January 15, 2024, and May 1, 2024. Entries must be sent to 506A River Road, P.O. Box 1828, Pineville, WV, 24874, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Wyoming County Writing Contest” in the subject line.
For our youngest contestants, prompts are provided to inspire creativity:
Sunny Summer Day: Share your favorite Wyoming County activities on sunny summer days.
Unique Facts: Research and present three unique facts about Wyoming County.
Pay it Forward: Envision something you’d like to do to make Wyoming County an even better place.
Cityscapes: If a friend visited, what Wyoming County spot would you insist they see and why?
Notable People: Write about a famous person born and raised in Wyoming County.
As we embark on this literary journey, let the Wyoming County Writing Contest be a beacon for writers to illuminate the pages with the stories, history, and culture that make our community extraordinary. May these words echo through time, preserving the essence of Wyoming County for generations to come. Start typing, start dreaming, and let your words weave the tapestry of our shared heritage. Good luck, Wyoming County writers!