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The contest is underwritten by Central Iowa non-profit Paws & Effect, and will be the centerpiece of the organization's annual "One Heart, Four Paws" Valentine's Day celebration of the connections among humans and animals.
Established in 2006, the Des Moines, Iowa-based non-profit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places service dogs with military veterans and children diagnosed with medical needs. The organization also registers therapy animals through Pet Partners, and hosts dog-agility events.
Editors are seeking previously unpublished flash-fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the themes illustrating human-animal connections.
Winners selected in each of the following categories:
- Youth (Ages 6-12)
- Open—Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry
- Military service member/veteran—Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry
- Recognition at the Feb. 13, 2015 "One Heart, Four Paws" gala event.
- A monetary award of $100.
- Publication of their work(s) in a commemorative broadsheet, chapbook, or other physical object, to be distributed at the event.
There is no submission fee for the Youth category. Youth submissions should be made via postal mail, using this downloadable form, or on-line here at Submittable.com. All hardcopy entries become the property of Paws & Effect and will not be returned. Send entries to:
"One Heart, Four Paws" Youth ContestGuidelines for Open and Military/Veteran categories include:
c/o Middle West Press
P.O. Box 31099
Johnston, Iowa 50131-9428
- Submit via on-line tool at here at Submittable.com. There is a $15 submission fee.
- Limit one submission in each category per person.
- Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).
- All prose (including fiction, non-fiction, essay, and memoir): 750-word limit.
- Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.
- Include a biography of 75 words or less with each submission. Past and present members of all branches, services, and nationalities may submit to the Military/Veteran category.
- Winners and contributors will be notified by Feb. 1, 2015.
- This project acquires first North American and anthology rights.
- Judges' decisions are final. Judges also reserve the rights to make additional awards in each category/subcategory, and to decline making awards within one or more categories/subcategories.