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Prizes for Page Crafters

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: May. 8 | Modified: May. 8
Prizes for Page Crafters

Wiley Cash will inspire minds and creativity as this year’s featured author of West Jefferson’s On the Same Page Literary Festival, to be held in conjunction with the Page Crafter’s Writing Competition.

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Writing can be a frustrating, yet fulfilling endeavor that often tests one’s creativity, persistence and perseverance.

Sharing your work with a friend, let alone a stranger well-trained to spot stellar literary creations, can leave a wordsmith uneasy as striking up that perfect opening paragraph while combating writer’s block.

To erase these trepidations while encouraging new works, the Ashe County Arts Council is hosting a writer’s contest, known as the Page Crafter’s competition, in addition to the seventh annual On the Same Page Literary festival.

Entries for the competition will be accepted from April 21 to July 7 for $10 per piece of writing. There is a 1,000-word limit for prose and 50 lines for poetry.

Prose entries must be double spaced, while single spaced poetry is acceptable.

Winners of the competition will be honored during the literary festival Sept. 16 to 20.

The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment of celebrating the creation of new work.

Page Crafter’s prizes will be awarded for first and second place in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $900 will be presented: $200 for first place and $100 for second place, in each category, according to a news release.

The festival’s website,, provides further details, including format requirements for the blind-copy submission process. Only previously unpublished entries qualify.

Authors retain all rights to submitted works. Winners need not be present to win, but are encouraged to attend the festival and read their work at the Saturday, Sept. 20, 2:30 p.m. Page Crafter’s award presentations.

This year’s festival features 12 authors and more than 20 associated events, including author readings, panel discussions, dramatic presentations and more.

“It is designed to celebrate reading and writing in a variety of facets,” said Jane Lonon, executive director for the Ashe County Arts Council.

The writers’ competition was held in conjunction with the third edition and has been a mainstay since.

“The contest was designed to recognize writers for new exemplary work,” she said. “We want to encourage the creation of new work.”

Over the years, Lonon said she has seen a “slow, steady growth in terms of entries each year and the overall quality of the work is excellent.”

The festival is held primarily at the Ashe County Public Library and ACAC.

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