Westerville News & Public Opinion

Writers invited to enter Celebrate the Arts contest

Winners in the 7th annual contest will be honored at the library April 14 and published in the 'News & Public Opinion'

Local writers of every genre are invited to enter Westerville's 7th Annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest.

The Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion invite participants of all ages to submit original work for 2013 Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest.

The entry deadline is 9 p.m. March 6.

First-place finishers in each of the five age/grade level categories will be published in April in the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.

All finishers -- first-place, second-place, third-place and honorable mention winner -- will be published online at the paper's website, ThisWeekNEWS.com.

Winners will be contacted the first week in April. They will receive their prizes and be invited to read from their work at a writers reception for family and friends April 14 at the library.

All contest entries also will be published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com.

First-place winners will receive a complimentary copy.

The Arts Council reserves the right to exclude an entry from the Lulu book.

Contest guidelines

Entries may be in any genre (short story, poem, etc.) and on any topic. Artwork is not considered.

No more than 800 words may be submitted by an author. If more than one entry is submitted, total words may not exceed 800.

Entries must be submitted according to the author's grade/age level:

* Students -- Grades K-2

* Students -- Grades 3-5

* Students -- Grades 6-8

* Students -- Grades 9-12

* Adults -- Ages 18+

Entries must include author's name, address, email, phone and grade/age level. Attention, teachers: Student contact information is required for entries to be considered. Submissions will not be returned.

Electronically submitted entries are preferred and need to be in Microsoft Word format, 8.5-by-11-inch, portrait.

Email submissions to artscouncilwesterville@yahoo.com or deliver to Westerville Public Library (Youth Services desk), 126 S. State St. Call 614-882-7277 ext. 2164 with questions.