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The CT Young Writers Trust received a total of 806 entries, shattering the all-time record for the second time in a row.
All this, after being virtually defunct in December 2010. [not posing as a sentence; just a collection of words]
Each of the 433 prose works and 373 poems were read by virtually superhuman panels of screening judges. They are all now dead.
Before expiring, they forwarded 38 prose works and 28 poems to the state judges.
A total of 30 poets and writers – along with their parents, teachers, administrators and friends – will be invited to the annual celebration June 11 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. SEATING IS LIMITED. Admission is $50: young writers complimentary; everyone else pays $50.
Those 30 poets and writers will share a total of $7,600 in prizes. State champions will be declared. Somewhat like the NCAA finals, there will also be a Sweet 16, Elite 8 and Final 4.
The 15 poets and 15 writers will be announced sometime around May 15 and then invited formally to the event.
They will attend a workshop led by 2005 State Prose Champion Charlotte Crowe, Canton High School/ Greater Hartford Academy/ Brown 2011; National Book Award Poetry Finalist Patricia Smith; and her husband, Edgar Award-winning novelist Bruce DeSilva, the former writing coach for The Hartford Courant and The Associated Press National Desk.
Upon winning the Edgar Award on April 28, DeSilva was heard to say: “I really didn't expect it. (The other books in the category are really good.) I'll tell you . . . I've won a lot of journalism awards over the years, but there was nothing to compare with walking across that stage at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan and having the Edgar handed to me by S.J. Rozan and Michael frigging Connelly.” [author of books including The Lincoln Lawyer]
Reception entertainment will be by The Jen Allen Big Band / Cosmic Jibaros As One, Featuring DominiQue.
Co-Masters of Ceremonies are Diane Smith, Ravi ‘I Don’t Play The Sitar’ Shankar and Rand Richards Cooper. They all serve as board members and judges for the CT Young Writers Trust.
Also at the annual ceremonies, the CT National Youth Poetry Slam Team 2011 will perform a collaborative poem about the muse. The poem, written by the team, will include a tribute to Patricia Smith. Elizabeth Thomas is co-coach and organizer for the team.