Founded by Lonnie Bailey
This contest is sponsored by award-winning poet and Wyoming County resident, Lonnie Bailey, who created Wyoming County’s Literature Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation. Lonnie Dale Bailey started this fund hoping “to help keep alive and inspire new cultural and historical endeavors through the craft of writing.” Grants will be awarded to new or established writers in Wyoming County, WV, based upon evaluation of a finished book or manuscript submitted to a selection committee.
As a reminder: Applicants must be Wyoming County residents and be in grades 1-12 or 18+ years of age to qualify, and each submitted work must be centered around Wyoming County’s history and culture. Prizes will be distributed to winners of each category.
Winners will be announced in Spring 2022, and there is no entry fee, it is encouraged for each applicant to submit 1-3 entries. Entries must be submitted to the Planning Commission between January 1, 2022 — March 31, 2022.
Entries must be sent to the Planning Commission at 506A River Road, P.O. Box 1828, Pineville, WV, 24874 OR emailed to email@example.com. If emailing, please include “Wyoming County Writing Contest” in the subject line.
Writers from Wyoming County of all ages were encouraged to enter and submit works.
We had 4 entry categories: Elementary school (1st-5th grade), Middle school (6th-8th grade), High school (9th-12th grade), and Adults (18+).
The theme for all entry categories was Wyoming County History & Culture.
Read the winning works below!