The Connecticut State University System and IMPAC Control Systems Inc. again present the annual Young Writers competition.
The public-private venture -- through the IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Trust -- has affirmed the work of about 5,000 young writers since 1998. More than $166,000 has been awarded to Connecticut's best teen writers. State champions in prose and poetry travel to Dublinin June.
Young writers ages 13-18 during the school year must submit their work and entry forms postmarked no later than Feb. 2, 2009. Public, private or home school teachers must sign the form and nominate the poets and writers. Contestants are encouraged to submit any prose or poetry to IMPAC-CSUS Young Writers 2009 at the state university closest to their county. Addresses are listed on the entry forms.
IMPAC, a leading global productivity firm, sponsors the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which at 100,000 euros is the largest in the world for a single work of fiction.
Poets and writers in each of Connecticut's eight counties win $1,000 prizes annually, awarded during ceremonies at the four CSU System campuses. About a dozen finalists in prose and poetry from each county are invited to the regional ceremonies.
"We are pleased to work with IMPAC and the Young Writers Trust in recognizing the extraordinary writing of Connecticut's young people," said Dr. David Carter, Chancellor of the Connecticut State University System."
County winners will also be honored during the 12th annual dinner in June 2009 at the Litchfield Inn. The state winners in prose and poetry will be announced then and invited with a parent to a week of festivities in Irelandconnected with the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Dublin Writers Festival.
Their work will also be considered for publication in Connecticut Review, the literary journal published by the CSU System.
IMPAC Chairman Jim Irwin and retired CSU System Chancellor Bill Cibes expanded the Young Writers Program from Litchfield County to cover the entire state in 2000. Chancellor David Carter, formerly president of EasternConnecticut StateUniversity, has been a champion for the program and has undertaken initiatives to expand participation.
The CSU System serves more than 35,000 students, making it the largest public university system in Connecticut. A total of 166 academic programs are offered throughout the system, and more than 5,000 degrees are awarded annually.
Entry forms were sent to all public, private and parochial secondary schools last fall. Entry forms and rules can also be downloaded from www.ctstateu.edu or www.ctyoungwriters.org