MARQUETTE – The Graduate Writer’s Association and English department at Northern Michigan University have announced a writing contest for Marquette County students in grades 7-12. Students who attend public, private or home schools are eligible to enter. Submissions may be short fiction (1,800 word limit), personal essay (1,800 word limit) or poetry (maximum of three poems per entry). The deadline is March 15.

            “We’re very excited to be sponsoring a contest of this kind. It’s important to celebrate good writing as well as simply promoting it,” said James Schiffer, head of NMU’s English department.“I know our grad students will thoroughly enjoy running the workshops and judging the manuscripts. I organized a contest like this in Illinois several years ago, and I’m anticipating having the same success that I had with that one.”

            Entries must be computer-generated and printed on white paper with double-spaced lines and one-inch margins. Entries must also include an official contest cover sheet. Submitted works cannot be returned, and only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Submissions will be grouped into three age categories: grades 7 and 8; grades 9 and 10; and grades 11-12.

            All participants in the contest will be invited to spend Saturday, May 13, on the NMU campus. There will be a morning workshop with members of the Graduate Writer’s Association, which will give students an opportunity to learn and practice writing techniques in their chosen genres. In the afternoon, lunch will be provided, followed by a keynote address from Schiffer. Contest results will then be announced, and winners will read portions of their work.

            For more information, contact Susan Morgan at 227-1798.

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Becky Kratz