Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Public Service Announcement: DEADLINE EXTENDED for 17th Annual CT Young Writers Competition

Competition entry
to April 1st, 2014 (no joke!)

DEADLINE REMINDER for the 17th Annual Connecticut Young Writers Trust competition for high school age writers, age 13-18, for original works of poetry and prose:

The Trust has given away more than $215,000 in prize money, and its winners have been featured at the Hillstead Museum’s Fresh Voices performance, in Connecticut Magazine and on television and radio. Parents and teachers, take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity by entering student work by midnight, March 15th, 2014. Details and online entry form at:

  • Prose OR Poetry Entry Forms

  • Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust & CCSU Professor Ravi Shankar notes, “The latest studies have shown that enrichment in the language arts, in reading, writing and fostering the imagination lead to a quantifiably healthier and happier life.

    “Those who can articulate themselves lead longer lives and earn higher incomes, but more importantly show an empathetic inner life that can help connect us to others. In order to make our next generation competitive we need to encourage them to learn how to express themselves with craft and clarity. I’m so proud to be part of an organization whose primary objective is to help validate youth writing.”

    The annual awards ceremony will be be held at CCSU on Sunday, June 1st where the state champions will be named. The Connecticut Young Writers Trust is also piloting a program bringing published authors into the schools. If you are interested in participating in this program or if you have any questions about the contest entry, please email []. Contact Chairman Ravi Shankar at 860-832-2766 or Vice Chairman Rand Richards Cooper at 860-232-4279 with further questions and see

  • CT Young Writers Website

  • for more details about the organization.

  • Coverage of 2013 ceremonies

  • 2012 State Champs Featured in Connecticut Magazine

  • MORE



    -- Emma Lowenberg, then 16, of the Lowenberg Home School in Redding, accepts check and other items Sunday [May 31, 2009] at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford as she is proclaimed State Prose Champion in the 2009 Connecticut Young Writers competition. With Lowenberg, L-R: Franz Douskey, poet and author; Dr. Louise Feroe, then Vice Chancellor, Connecticut State University System; and Co-Masters of Ceremonies Ravi Shankar, the poet and Central Connecticut State University Professor and Rand Richards Cooper, board member, author and travel writer for Bon Appetit. Lowenberg won for her story, "Bernard."

    -- Emily Madsen, Avon High, Bryn Mawr, UMass, is announced as 2002 State Poetry Champion. Handing over a check is the late IMPAC Chairman, Jim Irwin, as Bill Cibes, CSU System Chancellor Emeritus, enjoys the moment. Madsen later served as a keynote speaker. She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

    2010 annual celebration at The Hartford Club: Julia Albano of Danbury High School, State Poetry Finalist, State Prose Champion Sheldon Gaskell of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Carter Brown of Litchfield High School, State Poetry Finalist.

    Morgan Finn of Bristol Central High School was one of six Connecticut students who were selected in 2011 from among 85 applicants for the 11th annual "Write On," Hartford Stage's annual young playwrights competition. Finn, A 2010 State Poetry Finalist in the Connecticut Young Writers competition, is shown above with with Dr. Jack Miller, President, Central Connecticut State University. In background are English Prof Heather Urbanski and then CSU System Chancellor, Dr. David Carter.
    --Bristol Press photo by Chris Richie

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