Sunday, March 10, 2013

First Annual Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge

National Poetry Month is celebrated each year in April. For the first time ever, the Fauquier County Public Library invites teens in grades 6–12 to submit their original work to the Teen Poetry & Short Story Challenge.

Our Poetry Challenge highlights this creative art form and gives teen writers a voice, recognition and a chance at publication on the library's Facebook page and/or website.

Students are encouraged to submit up to three original poems or one short story (500 words maximum). Submit entries online  or in person at your local library branch now through April 14. Guidelines for participation and entry forms are available at all library branches. Entries will be chosen anonymously and prizes awarded to the top three pieces of work in each category: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Poems and stories will be judged on originality, creativity and artistic quality.

Meet our fabulous judges:

Susan McCorkindale is the author of two popular memoirs. The first, Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, is the laugh out loud true tale of her move from the suburbs to a farmhouse in Virginia. The second, 500 Acres and No Place to Hide, is her charming, poignant, and uproarious follow-up. An inspirational speaker, Susan also teaches creative writing courses.

Jennifer Handford is the author of Daughters for a Time, an acclaimed novel that People Magazine hailed as, “A wrenching, resonant debut...Grab your hankies.”  In 2010, Jennifer was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Jennifer teaches writing at American University. Her second novel, Acts of Contrition, will be published in early 2014.

Aimee O'Grady earned a master's degree in Professional Writing and Editing from George Mason University where she focused the theme of her thesis on environmental awareness. She is the current editor of Piedmont Family Magazine and resides in Warrenton with her husband, two children and the family's dogs and cat.
All contestants and their guests are invited to attend a Poetry Night reception on Tuesday, April 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton. Winners are encouraged to read their work.

The library may post submissions in the library or online.

For more information contact Ann McDuffie @ 422-8535.

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