West Virginia Writers Inc. is now accepting submissions for its annual contest for grade 1-12, the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest. Submissions are accepted from Jan. 2 through Mar. 15 (with a late deadline of Mar. 31). The contest is free to enter and offers prizes in three age groups; grade 1-5, grade 6-8, and grade 9-12. Students in any age group may choose from six suggested contest topics. The topics this year include: \u201cWho or what is sleeping under my bed?\u201d; \u201cStay off my rock!\u201d; \u201cHow I\u2019ll change the world;\u201d \u201cZombie party!\u201d; \u201cThe adventure I went on and didn\u2019t tell\u201d and \u201cWest Virginia Legends.\u201d\r\nAlternately, students may create their own original story or poem to submit outside of the offered topics. There are no fees to enter the New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, though only students who are residents of West Virginia are eligible to enter.\r\nThere will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the three age groups, with 1st place winning $100, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25.\r\nWinners will be announced June 11 in an awards ceremony during West Virginia Writers Annual Writers Conference, held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. All winners, including honorable mentions, will receive certificates suitable for framing.\r\nFor official contest entry forms, contest rules and the Frequently Asked Questions List concerning the contest, and a free podcast for download explaining the rules, visit the contest webpage at wvwriters.org\/contest.html or email contest coordinator, Brittney Cassity, at firstname.lastname@example.org.\r\nWest Virginia Writers, the largest writers\u2019 organization in the state will celebrate its 39th Anniversary this year.