Poetry contest for young writers

The Lake Placid Institute is currently accepting entries for its 12th annual 2008 Young Peoples Poetry Contest. Contestants must be enrolled in grades 1 through 12 in the Adirondacks. Winning poems will be published in a book, featured on the institutes Web site, and will be recognized at an awards ceremony. The 2008 judge will be Roger Mitchell of Jay, honorary citizen of North Hudson, poet and teacher. He is the author of nine books of poetry, winner of the John Ben Snow Award, the Midland Poetry Award and the Akron Prize in Poetry. He has been awarded a Fellowship in Creative Writing twice, for the National Endowment for the Arts. Three winners will be awarded $250 scholarships to the 2008 Young Vermont Writers Conference, a spring weekend writing workshop specifically for high school students. It will be held on the campus of Champlain College, Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1. For dedicated young writers, this is an opportunity to meet others who share their passion and to study the craft with the areas most celebrated authors. For more information visit www.champlain.edu/write/. The deadline for entries is Thursday, Feb. 28. Contact your school for information about entering, or the Lake Placid Institute at 523-1312 or e-mail info@lakeplacidinstitute.org.

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