The Creative Writing Contest for Youth is now in full swing. The competition put on by the Sassafras Literary Exchange is in its 38th year. It is designed for students from grade six through 12 who live in and are educated in Pickens County. It matters not whether these students are in Public schools or in an alternate study program, they are eligible to enter.
There are three categories in the high school and also three for the middle grades. Those categories are fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There is a maximum limit of 1,500 words in the fiction and non-fiction categories with a 50 line limit for poetry. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 1st.
Sassafras, with help from Community Bank of Pickens County will again be awarding monetary prizes along with recognition for the winners. For the high school division, first place winners in each of the three categories will be awarded with seventy five dollars and a marble plaque. Second place gets $50 and third will receive $25. First place for the middle grades division will receive $60 with second garnering $40 and $20 for third.
As previously mentioned, the contest is in its 38th consecutive year. By giving the youth of Pickens County an opportunity to show their linguistic skills and affording them an opportunity to exercise their creativity, at Sassafras we feel that we are making a positive contribution to society.
So far, October has been an exciting month for members of the Sassafras Literary Exchange. It is always delightful to begin a contest. Further more, our last meeting was enlightening and inspiring. Our guest, Dr. Donna Little and Professor Bill Wallace interacted with our group in an amiable and informative way. The Reinhardt University teachers gave us a bit of insight into the current level of college student participation and performance. They also discussed ways that we as writers might improve our craft.
The deadline for entering the Creative Writing Contest for Youth is November 1st. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and friend might want to encourage the younger generation to participate.
See entry form below.