The Arts Council of Westerville, the Westerville Public Library and the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion are calling on writers of all ages to be a part of the annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest.
Writers are invited to submit original works of no more than 800 words. All genres, including poetry, short stories and personal essays, are welcome.
Writers will be broken into five categories: students in kindergarten through second grade, students in grades three through five, students in grades sixth through eight, students in grades nine through 12, and adults aged 18 and older.
Entries, which are due by 9 p.m. March 5, may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the Youth Services desk at the Westerville Public Library, 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 News & Public Opinion in April. The first-, second- and third-place and honorable mention entries will be published online at ThisWeekNEWS.com.
All contest entries submitted online also will be published in a professionally bound book available for purchase through Lulu.com. First-place winners will receive a complimentary copy.
A reception for finalists and their families and friends, during which finalists will be welcome to read from their works, will be held April 13 at the library.
The contest was created in 2007 as a part of the month-long celebration of the arts in Westerville held each April.
Full contest guidelines can be found online at WestervilleLibrary.org/features/contest. Those with questions also can contact the library at 614-882-7277, ext. 2164.