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Sassafras Youth Writing contest deadline Oct. 29

Submitted by Sassafras Literary Exchange

            It is time for the youthful writers of Pickens County (grades 6 through 8 and grades 9 through 12) to finish up and submit their entries for the Creative Writing for Youth Contest.  All entries must be turned in by the end of the school day on Friday, Oct. 29th.  This contest, in its 40th year, is put on by the Sassafras Literary Exchange.

            The contest is a challenge and an opportunity for students to showcase the skills that they have gained during the countless hours that they have endured classes in language arts.  Besides that, there is prize money to be won. 

            The contest consists of three categories: Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry with a division for middle school and high school.  An entry in fiction and non-fiction should be no longer than 1,500 words while a poetry entry is limited to 50 lines.  The author’s name must not appear on the work but should be included on the entry blank along with contact information.  The entry blank should be folded so as to hide the name and stapled to the entry.

            With the help of the Community Bank of Pickens County, cash prizes are being awarded.  First place in the middle school division is $60, $40 for second place and $20 for third place.  The high school winner will receive $75 with $50 going to second place, while third place will receive $25.  There will also be a plaque for first place winners.

            This contest is open to any student at those grade levels who lives in and is educated in Pickens County.  A student may submit one entry only in each of the three categories.  Entries must be turned in at the local public schools.  The deadline is Friday, Oct. 29th.

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