Easton Arts Council accepting submissions for Young Writers Competition

The Easton Arts Council’s sixth annual Young Writers Competition is now accepting submissions from students in Easton and neighboring towns of Redding, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, Westport, and Weston.

All entries must be submitted to YWC@eastonartscouncil.org no later than Monday, Feb. 29.

The topic for the competition is “Your most memorable hometown experience,” real or imagined. Entries can be prose, poetry, play or screenplay. Typed manuscripts are limited to five pages maximum.

Three $25 prizes will be awarded. Entries will be judged in three categories: Elementary school, grades 3-5; middle school, grades six to eight; high school, grades nine to 12. Each entry will be evaluated on originality, quality of writing and interpretation of theme.

The judges will be award-winning Easton writers Elise Broach, Verne Gay and Karen Thorsen. Prize-winning entries will be announced on March 10, and read aloud at the Easton Arts Council’s Youth Art and Talent Show on Sunday, March 13.

A $5 entry fee plus an Easton Arts Council membership — family $30 or youth $10 — is required for all entrants. Family membership includes a professional-quality DVD of the Talent Show and Young Writers Award Ceremony. Submission forms are available at: eastonartscouncil.org.

Upcoming events, submission forms, entry and membership fees should be mailed to EAC, PO Box 142. Easton, CT 06612. For questions, call Karen Thorsen, 203-261-4747.

First-Place winners of last spring’s 2015 Young Writers Competition were Grace Giandurco, then a fifth grader at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton; Gwen Niles, then a home-schooled eighth grader in Easton; and Blythe Broadbin of Easton, then a senior at Joel Barlow High.