To recognize and encourage the talents of literary artists, the Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Public Library and the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion invited writers of all ages to be a part of the community's eighth annual Celebrate the Arts Writing Contest. In addition to calling upon writers to share their works with the community, the contest was conceived as a new dimension to the month-long celebration of the arts in Westerville during April, organized by the Arts Council. The collaborative event originally launched in January 2007.
Writers submitted their entries in five categories arranged by age or grade in school. The submissions were required to be original works of 800 words or less. Any genre was welcome: poetry, free verse, short story and others. The first-place entries in each category are published below. All entries receiving recognition -- first place through honorable mention -- are published online at the News & Public Opinion here.
The contest was judged by Columbus Parent Editor Jane Hawes, ThisWeek Community News Special Projects Editor Julanne Hohbach and ThisWeek Managing Editor/ News Joe Meyer.
Writers, their families and fans gathered for congratulations, refreshments and the opportunity to read from their work at a Reception for Writers Sunday, April 13.
With great pleasure, the sponsors present the work of these now-published authors. Note: No editing for spelling, style or grammar has been done to the original entries.