Greenwich Time Staff
NOTE: The paper intends to follow up with an item on prose finalists.
Four students from Greenwich Academy have been named finalists in the poetry writing competition for The 12th annual 2009 Connecticut Young Writers awards. The statewide competition drew nearly 600 student entries in poetry and prose for county awards of $1,000 in each category. The county champions are to be selected from about a dozen finalists in each category in each county.
Sixteen students who will be selected this month as county winners in prose and poetry categories from Connecticut's eight counties, will be vying for selection as the statewide winner, thus qualifying to receive a trip to Ireland for celebrations connected with the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Dublin Writers Festival. Their works will also be considered for publication in Connecticut Review, the literary journal published by the Connecticut State University System (CSUS).
The Greenwich Academy students selected as poetry finalists are Molly O'Neill for "Orange;" Amanda Ball for "Snapshots Denied;" Heath Goldman for "By The Sea," and Susannah Benjamin for "A Little Glass Bowl."
The winners for Fairfield and Litchfield counties will be announced April 23, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The state winners will be announced May 31 at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford.
-- Barbara A. Heins