In the past we have enthusiastically supported the Connecticut Young Writers program, an annual competition for teens aged 13 to 18, sponsored, in part, by the Connecticut State University System.
We are particularly pleased to again add our support this year, because the future of the program had been in doubt. A major sponsor withdrew, and there was some uncertainty of the university’s continued financial support because of budget constraints.
But, thankfully, the university system agreed to continue its support, and a new sponsor, the Family Trust of Glastonbury business consultant Matt Daly, stepped forward. Daly donated $10,000 to the nonprofit organization that runs the program, and the university system has agreed to match that amount, keeping the competition alive for at least another year.
Now in its 14th year, the program offers budding high school writers and poets the opportunity to showcase their literary talents and be recognized for their efforts. More than 6,000 Connecticut high school students have participated in the program over the years, and more than $200,000 in prize money has been awarded.
Several area students have been recognized in the past, and we hope others from the region will also be successful this year.
Our support of a program that encourages young people to participate in the creative process of writing should not come as any surprise. We think it is important that young people have that opportunity. We would urge teachers throughout the region to take a look at the program (www.ct.edu/initiatives/ctyoungwriters) and encourage students to participate.
All entries must be nominated by a public or private school teacher, so their participation is important. Home-schooled students are also eligible. Eligibility rules and applications are available on the website.
The deadline for entries into this year’s competition is rapidly approaching, March 15.