Friday, December 19, 2008

Hartford Courant Notes Deadline For 12th Annual Young Writers Competition

More Than $166,000
For CT's Best Young Writers
Since 1998

Plus Dublin Trips ...

Sun., Dec. 4, 2008 edition

Connecticut Young Writers Competition
Seeking Entries in Prose and Poetry;
Top Prize is Trip to Dublin, Ireland

Teenage writers of prose and poetry from across Connecticut are being encouraged to submit original entries to an annual literary competition which awards winning entrants with cash prizes and a trip to attend the presentation of the world's most lucrative literary prize in Dublin, Ireland.

The Connecticut State University System (CSUS) is again pleased to join with IMPAC, a global productivity company, in presenting the IMPAC-CSUS Connecticut Young Writers program - a literary awards competition for high school students ages 13 to 18.

The awards competition is specifically designed to encourage young writers and poets throughout Connecticut. During this academic year, two young writers from each of Connecticut's eight counties will win $1,000 awards for either prose or poetry writing. Entries must be nominated by a teacher in a public or private school, and postmarked by February 2, 2009. Home school entries are also accepted.

Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury will receive the initial entries and host county award ceremonies in April 2009.

From the select group of county winners, a distinguished panel of judges will select the state's top poet and writer at a dinner and awards ceremony held at the Litchfield Inn in June 2009. The two winners will each earn a trip to Dublin, Ireland, accompanied by a parent, to join winners from around the world for the presentation of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the world's largest literary prize. Selected works will also be published in CT Review, the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System.

For more information, including entry forms, visit or contact Andy Thibault of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust at (860) 690-0211 or

  • Young Writers Trust

  • CSU System

  • Connecticut Review

  • International Young Writers

  • IMPAC Dublin Award
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