Well Versed 2018

Well Versed 2018 Rules and Submission Guidelines

Contest timeline:

  1. All entries must be received via email (hard copy is not necessary) no later than January 31, 2018

Entry fees for members are included with paid membership.

Nonmember entries:

Prose $15.00 each – 3 maximum,

1 bundle of up to 3 Poems $15.00

Poetry 3 Bundle

$15.00Add to cart

Prose per Each entry

$15.00Add to cart

  • or enclose your name, mailing address, phone, email and entry title(s) as shown below matching your document entries, attach check, and mail to
    CCMWG, P.O. Box 7628, Columbia, MO 65205-7628
  • Email electronic copies (formatted as directed above) to wellversed2018@gmail.com. Subject line: Your Last Name, Categories you are entering
    For example: Schulte, Fiction and Flash Fiction


  1. Selected manuscripts and category winners will be announced on APRIL 9th, 2018 via email and website
  2. If selected, ALL entry changes must be received by April 16th, 2018 (including name changes or biography changes). **Changes will not be accepted after that date.
  3. Well Versed 2018 will be released on JUNE 3rd, 2018



  • Submissions are judged in a two-tier process, a panel of Guild members reviews them and identifies the finalist that will be sent to our second round ‘independent’ judges and the submissions that will be included in the book. Members only review submissions for categories that they haven’t entered themselves. Our independent judges are professional editors, publishers and writers.
  • The editors may be on the review committees and also make final decisions on the rules and content included in the book.


      Awards –


  • All contributors receive a copy of the book and a payment of $1.00.
  • For a list of winners, check CCMWG website CCMWG.org after April 9th, 2018. Winners will also be announced in the CCMWG newsletter and at the CCMWG meeting.


Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Category Winners:

    • 1st Place $50
    • 2nd Place $30
    • 3rd Place $20
    • “Judge’s Pick”

Flash Fiction (closed): the winning entries from our summer contest will be judged for best overall)

  • 1st Place
  • 2nd Place
  • “Judge’s Pick”

Submission requirements:

  1. Entries must be unpublished at the time of submission
  2. Entries must be the original work of the entrant
  3. The language in entries should be suitable for a general audience and not offensive.
  4. No entries containing pornography, graphic violence, explicit or gratuitous sex, and scatological content will be accepted. (Please keep all submissions PG)
  5. This contest is open to all writers. Entrants are not required to be CCMWG members
  6. Fees: There are no fees for CCMWG members to submit entries. Members may enter up to two prose entries and three poetry entries.
  7. Nonmembers is $15 per prose entry and $15 for up to three poems. Checks should be payable to CCMWG, P.O. Box 7628, Columbia, MO 65205-7628
  8. All individuals are limited to two prose and three poetry entries. Entrants may join CCMWG for dues of $25 for one year. Checks should be payable to CCMWG.
  9. CCMWG assumes no responsibility for misdirected entries.

Individual Category Guidelines:


  1. Poems need to be submitted in both a .PDF file (to show desired formatting) and a .DOC file.
  2. Poetry may be any style.
  3. Poetry may address any subject (except explicit content as noted above).
  4. Poems are limited to 50 lines.
  5. Entrants are limited to three poems.
  6. Each poem must be submitted as a separate file.
  7. Lines should be single-spaced, with a double-space between verses.
  8. Please note: A line width in the book is approximately 4.3 inches. If a line of your poem is wider than 4.3 inches in a 12 point font, it will be wrapped to the next line and may not appear as you expect.

Prose (Fiction and Nonfiction)

  1. Entrants are limited to a total of three pieces whether fiction, flash fiction or nonfiction.
  2. Prose will be limited to 2000 words; manuscripts over 2000 words will be not be considered.
  3. Stories may be on any subject (except explicit content as noted above).

By submitting to Well Versed 2018, you give permission for your story to be published unless you submit a withdrawal, in writing, by March 31, 2018. CCMWG purchases first rights. If your submission is chosen, payment upon publication is one copy of the issue in which the work appears, plus $1.00 per piece accepted.

Submission formatting (incorrect entries will be returned):


  • Manuscript Formatting:


  • Single spaced (don’t add space between paragraphs unless it is an intentional story break)
  • First line indent set to .3 (not spaces)
  • No page numbers
  • No header or footers in the document
  • Written in Times New Roman 12 point font
  • Standard document margins (1”)
  • Left justify paragraphs
  • One space after end of sentences
  • The author’s name and contact information must not appear on the manuscript


  • Submission Email:


  1. Send email to wellversed2018@gmail.com
  2. Email subject line: Your Last Name, Categories you are entering

For example: Schulte, Fiction and Flash Fiction

  1. Email body: Well Versed 2018 submissions attached. (do not copy and paste submissions into the body of the email or they will be returned.)
  2. ONE cover sheet attached to the submission email as a separate document.

Must include:

  • Name (as will be printed in the anthology)
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Author biography written in third person of 75 words or less
  • Each title submitted and the intended category
  • Word count for each piece submitted
  1. Each manuscript attached to the email in its own Microsoft Word document. The manuscript document should NOT contain the author’s name anywhere in it.
  2. The only file formats accepted are .DOC, .DOCX and .RTF.
  3. Document titles should read TITLE(dot)CATEGORY.
    For example: If my manuscript is titled Clean Slate and I want to submit it into the Fiction category it would look like this when I save the file