Tuesday, December 21, 2010

NEWS Brf: Young Writers trust to meet Wednesday to discuss award program's future

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    Torrington Register Citizen
    Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

    LITCHFIELD — The Connecticut Young Writers Trust will be meeting tomorrow afternoon to decide its future.

    According to an e-mail from trust chairman Andy Thibault, the trust’s board is planning to meet at 1 p.m. at attorney William Crowe’s office, 185 Asylum St., Hartford, to “re-constitute, dissolve or take other related action,” about the fund and its annual competition, the Connecticut Young Writers Competition.

    Connecticut State University System (CSUS) Vice Chancellor Louise Feroe said she will be in attendance to brief the board about the university system’s efforts in regards to the competition and the board will “have some decisions to make.” She declined further comment on the briefing.

    CSUS has provided the fund with $10,000 every year and according to many sources on the board, may not be able to continue their funding this year, ending the 13-year competition which has provided state high school literary students with a platform to shed light on their work in both prose and poetry.

    The competition began in Litchfield, sponsored by former IMPAC chairman Jim Irwin and with the help of retired CSUS Chancellor William Cibes, went statewide in 2000. It has seen over 6,000 contestants and has awarded nearly $200,000 to state winners in their respective categories.

    Ricky Campbell can be reached by e-mail at rcampbell@registercitizen.com and followed on Twitter at Twitter.com/rickycampbellRC. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/registercitizen.

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