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Sassafras Literary announces youth writing contest


The Creative Writing for Youth contest, put on by Sassafras Literary Exchange, is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 27th. It will end at the close of the school day on Friday, October 29th. 

  To challenge and inspire middle school and high school students who live in and are educated in Pickens County is the goal of the contest.

            There are three categories in which a student may enter: Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry. 

            A student may enter one entry in each of the three categories. Please limit entries to 1,500 words or less and not more than 50 lines of poetry.

            Entry blanks available at the bottom of this page, must be attached to the entry. The author’s name should not be on the entry. Name of the writer, their language arts teacher’s name and grade should be on the entry blank and it should be folded to conceal that information while showing category entered. This entry blank should be stapled to the entry.

            With help from Community Bank of Pickens County, cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. First place award to the winners in each category in the high school division will be $75. Second will receive $50 and third, $25. For the middle school division, prize money will be $60, $40 and $20.

            No topic is assigned and a student may write about anything that suits his or her fantasy. Surprisingly, this contest can be fun. It’s a competition and not an assignment. Everybody has a story and you students can tell the story that you want to tell.

            This contest is open to those who are home schooled, those in distance learning or other alternate programs.

            Entries will, however, need to be turned in through the public school system.

            To Pickens County students, please look at this as an opportunity, not an assignment.

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