Library hosts contest for writers, poets of all ages

February 21, 2011

The Washington County Free Library is inviting all writers and poets to submit an entries to the 2011 Writers and Poets contest.

The library will be accepting poems and short stories from now until the end of March.

Poems and stories will be judged in five age divisions: Grades second and third; grades fourth and fifth; grades sixth through eighth; grades ninth through 12th; and adult.

Entrants may submit up to two poems and one short story for consideration.

Poems may not exceed two typed pages.

The library asks that short story entries be double spaced and not exceed 5,000 words.

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.

All entries must be postmarked by Thursday, March 31.

Winners will be recognized at the Spring Award Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1650 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown.  

Children's author Jarrett Krosoczka will be the guest speaker for this event. Poetry winners will read their poems to the audience. Short story winners will be asked to talk a little about the story they wrote.

Entries may either be delivered to any library branch, to any bookmobile or may be submitted by mail to: Writers and Poets Contest, Washington County Free Library,  59 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD  21740

For further information or clarification, call Jeff Ridgeway at 301-791-5169.

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