Connecticut Young Writers DEADLINE FEB. 1
The Connecticut Young Writers Competition for high school students is designed to encourage young writers and poets in Connecticut. Now in its 13th year, the competition provides young poets and writers in each of Connecticut's eight counties an opportunity to win cash prizes, and proceed to represent their county in a statewide competition.
Teenage writers of prose and poetry from across Connecticut, ages 13-18, are being encouraged to submit original entries to an annual literary competition which awards winning entrants with cash prizes and an opportunity to have their work published in the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System, CT Review.
During this academic year, two young writers from each of Connecticut's eight counties will win cash awards for either prose or poetry writing. Entries must be nominated by a teacher in a public or private school, and postmarked on or before February 1, 2010. Home school entries are also accepted. (In 2009, there were more than 580 entries.)
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 2010. Entries are sent directly to one of the universities, depending upon the county in which the student lives (see list on entry form).
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 in late May or early June 2010. The two winners will each have an opportunity to be published in CT Review. Winners are also interviewed by local media, and have their work highlighted on the website of the Connecticut State University System.