Prose & Poetry Champions Selected
From Record- Setting Number of Entries
N E W S R E L E A S E
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
Champions in CT's Eight Counties to be Named
at Central, Eastern, Southern & Western Events
Judges will select 16 students during the next week -- a prose and poetry winner from each of Connecticut's eight counties -- to compete in the statewide finals of the 2010 Connecticut Young Writers Competition, for students ages 13-18. The county champions are to be selected from more than a dozen county finalists in each category in each county, at events being held across the Connecticut State University System beginning Wednesday and continuing next week.
A record number of Connecticut students have submitted entries in the 13th year of the annual contest which highlights works of poetry and prose submitted by teenagers from throughout the state. There were 795 entries received, an increase of 36 percent from a year ago, and surpassing the previous record of 647 in 2000. The contest is a project of the Connecticut State University System (CSUS) and the Connecticut Young Writers Trust.
The regional ceremonies will be held:
* Wednesday, April 21, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, for Hartford and Tolland counties;
* Monday, April 26, at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, for Middlesex and New Haven counties;
* Tuesday, April 27, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, for Fairfield and Litchfield counties; and
* Wednesday, April 28, at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, for New London and Windham counties.
"The talent and creativity of a new generation of Connecticut writers is clearly evident, and we look forward to recognizing their excellent prose and poetry," said David G. Carter, Chancellor of the Connecticut State University System. "This initiative is another example of the many ways in which CSUS is a catalyst for Connecticut, engaging our young people in academic pursuits that encourage their dedication and inspire all of us."
The county champions will be vying for selection as the statewide champion in prose or poetry, to be awarded at an annual ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the Hartford Club in Hartford. The statewide winners qualify to have their writings published in Connecticut Review, the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System.
For more information, visit www.ct.edu/ctyoungwriters
Andy Thibault, Connecticut Young Writers Trust, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-690-0211
Terri Raimondi, CSUS Public Relations, email@example.com, 860-493-0040
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