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Darien library: February teen writing competition

Darien Library is hosting its fourth annual teen writing competition.

The teen writing competition is a way of encouraging and inspiring local youth writers.

Starting Friday, Feb. 1, entrants will be able to submit their works at darienlibrary.org.

The library will be accepting submissions in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from students in grades 7 to 12. This contest is a celebration of the talented teens in our community. The library hopes to foster creative writing by supporting and rewarding a new generation of writers.

Entries will be divided into two grade categories, 7-9 and 10-12, and in three format categories, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

The judges will select one first place winner in each age group and each category, with a prize of $100 each. New this year, we will also select one scholarship winner from all the categories and age groups combined and award them with $500.

All of the entries will be collected in a printed volume that will be available free to the public.

The contest will close on Thursday, Feb. 28 and an awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. At the awards ceremony, the judges will announce the winners and present the prizes.

All the contest entrants and their families and friends are invited to the awards ceremony.

The contest rules are as follows: fiction and non-fiction entries must be 1000 words or less; Poetry entries must be 30 lines or less; entries must be typed, double-spaced (except for poetry which can be single-spaced) and use a simple 12-point font; all submissions are final.

Corrections and replacements cannot be accepted, and the author’s name must not appear on the entry itself, only on the cover sheet. All submissions should be submitted to the above link on or before February 28th.

For more information on this event: Call 203-655-1234 or visit darienlibrary.org.

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