Teachers & Teacher Associations,
Dear English Teacher, Writing Coach
or Secondary School Administrator:
Having come through a funding crisis, the CT Young Writers literary awards competition has risen again, and is addressing itself with renewed force to its mission of honoring high school writers of prose and poetry in Connecticut.
The awards competition, for writers age 13 to 18, is a project of the Connecticut State University System and the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, and over the past 13 years has given hundreds of student writers public recognition -- and prizes totaling nearly $200,000. This year a distinguished panel of judges will select the state’s top poet and writer, to be announced at a special awards ceremony later this spring. The two winners will each earn an opportunity to be published in Connecticut Review, the literary journal of the Connecticut State University System.
A year ago, a record-setting 795 entries were received from students from throughout the state. This year we would like to double that. The best way to do this is by word of mouth. So please send this notice along to any colleague who might be interested in nominating students. Entries must be nominated by a teacher in a Connecticut public or private school; home school entries are also accepted. The 2011entry deadline is March 15; entry forms are available at www.ct.edu/ctyoungwriters,
Year after year, those of us involved in this program continue to hear back from former honorees -- young people, in college and beyond, who look back to this experience with the grateful sense that it truly changed things for them. “I used to dream about writing,” one former winner recalled, “but I never really believed that anyone else out there would care about what I wrote, much less think it was really good. Getting a Young Writers award was the biggest confidence boost of my life.”
Please help us spread the word and help strengthen the literary arts among the ranks of those Connecticut students.
For more information, including entry forms, visit www.ct.edu/ctyoungwriters or contact Young Writers Trust Executive Director Ron Winter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-228-6803.
Rand Richards Cooper is the travel correspondent for Bon Appétit, and is author of a novel, The Last to Go, and a collection of stories, Big as Life. Cooper is also a board member and judge for the Connecticut Young Writers Trust.