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Local Students Compete in Holiday Writing Contest

12 October 2019 Front Royal/Warren County News

October 12, 2019

FRONT ROYAL – Aspiring student writers will compete in the 41st annual Holiday Writing Contest at Samuels Public Library from now until mid-November. The Library is once again partnering with Royal Oak Bookshop to host the Contest.

Area students, grades K-12, are allowed to enter the Contest. Contestants may submit written works with Holiday season themes. Works can be short stories or poetry. Simple illustrations may be included with any written work if desired. For those more interested in serious artistic works, there will also be a section specifically for drawings in the Holiday Writing Contest book of winning entries.

Winners will receive a professionally published keepsake booklet and first place finishers in each grade will receive a gift certificate from Royal Oak Bookshop.

“It is our pleasure to host this contest each year,” Youth Services Supervisor at Samuels Public Library Michal Ashby said. “[We love to see] how excited parents and children get when they have been selected as winners. I have come to think of this event as an important holiday tradition in Front Royal.”

Contestants may only submit one written entry each. Author names should only appear on entry submission forms, but not the written work itself. There is a 500 word limit on written entries and submissions must be handed into the Library by Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Entry forms can be found in Samuels Public Library or online. A panel of judges will decide how each work conforms to the genre of the contest and how original and creative each work is. Awards will be doled out based individual judges rankings. Each grade will have a first place finisher.


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