To recognize and encourage the talents of literary artists, the Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion newspaper are inviting writers of all ages to be a part of the Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest.
The contest, in addition to calling upon writers to share their works, was conceived in 2007 as a part of the month-long celebration of the arts observed in Westerville each April. This is the eighth year for the collaborative event.
Contest submissions should be original works of no more than 800 words per author. Poetry, short stories, personal essays and other genres are welcome.
Writers submit their entries according to five age/grade levels:
• Grades K-2;
• Grades 3-5;
• Grades 6-8;
• Grades 9-12; and
• Adults ages 18 and older.
The entry deadline is 9 p.m. March 5. Entries should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to Westerville Public Library (Youth Services desk), 126 S. State St.
Finalists in the competition will be contacted during the first week of April. Works by first-place finishers for each age level will be published in the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion in April.
The first-, second-, third-place and honorable mention entries will be published online at ThisWeekNEWS.com/Westerville.
Finalists will gather with their families and friends for congratulations, refreshments and the opportunity to read from their work at the Reception for Writers on Sunday, April 13, at the library.
All contest entries submitted online will be published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com. First-place winners will receive a complimentary copy.
For contest guidelines, visit westervillelibrary.org/features/contest or call the library at 614-882-7277, ext. 2164.