Friday, November 10, 2006

Young Writers Founder On CNN World News Sunday

LITCHFIELD, Ct. Nov. 10, 2006 - Litchfield resident Jim Irwin, founder of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - as well as young writers awards in the United States, Europe and Asia - is scheduled as a featured guest with CNN World News on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The live segment, scheduled for about six minutes, will be broadcast worldwide except in the United States. A transcript will be posted at as soon as it becomes available. Irwin will be interviewed from London's CNN studios by anchor Ralitsa Vassileva from Atlanta. The broadcast is scheduled for 6 p.m. in London.

The IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young Writers Trust -- celebrating its 10th year -- invites Connecticut's poets and young writers to enter its annual competition. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Trust's homepage, The CSU System mailed entry forms to all public, private and parochial secondary schools this fall. Students ages 13-18 during the school year are eligible. About 3,500 young writers have competed in the IMPAC-CSU program, which has awarded more than $135,000 since 1998.

IMPAC, a leading productivity firm, also endows the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which at 100,000 Euros is the world's largest prize for a single work of fiction. The Dublin Award [] announced its 2007 longlist this week. The 2003 winner, Orhan Pamuk, won this year's Nobel Prize for literature.

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