garners record number of entries
By Journal Inquirer staff and from CTMirror.org and news service reports
Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 8:08 AM EDT
A record number of students — 806 — have entered this year’s Connecticut Young Writers Competition, a 14-year-old contest that highlights poetry and prose by teens ages 13-18.
The contest is a project of the Connecticut State University System and the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, with the support of the family trust of Glastonbury business consultant Matt Daly.
Winners get cash prizes and could have their work published in the journal Connecticut Review. A panel of judges from the CSUS schools is working to select the state’s top poet and writer and an awards ceremony will be held June 11 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, during which the statewide winners will receive $1,000 and other top finalists will get financial awards.
This year’s entries for the program, which was nearly defunct in December because of a lack of funds, surpassed last year’s previous all-time high of 795. An infusion of funds from “non-traditional sources” and the hiring of an executive director kept the program on track, though, officials said.