The Washington County Free Library invites local writers and poets to submit entries for the 2011 Writers and Poets contest.
The library will accept poems and short stories through the end of March. All entries must be delivered to any library branch throughout the county or bookmobile or they may be postmarked by March 31.
Poems and stories will be judged in five age divisions: grades 2 and 3; 4 and 5; 6 through 8, 9 through 12, and adult.
Poets may submit one or two poems. Poems may not exceed two typed pages.
Short story writers may enter one short story. Story entries should be double spaced and not exceed 5,000 words in length.
Contest entrants must be residents of Washington County or hold a valid Washington County Free Library card. The short stories and poems may be on any topic and in any style.
All works must include author's name, address, phone number and age division on the submission.
Judges will select two winning poets and two winning story writers for each age division. Winners will receive prize bags and their work will be published in the 2011 Washington County Authors Anthology.
Winners will also be recognized at a banquet Friday, May 6, at Homewood Suites by Hilton near Valley Mall. Children's author Jarrett Krosoczka will be the guest speaker.
Poetry winners will read their poems to the audience. Short story winners will discuss their stories.
For further information, call Jeff Ridgeway at 301-791-5149.