2013 High School Writers’ Competition Opens!

by admin Conference News. Posted on February 4, 2013.


Write On The River’s 2nd annual High School Writers Competition is open to all students grades 9-12 in North Central Educational Service District (NCESD). That means every student in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties, and includes anyone enrolled in WVC’s Running Start program through one of those 26 high schools. This year, five local teachers, at Cascade, Cashmere, Chelan, Wenatchee, and Eastmont high schools, are especially encouraging their writing students to participate and making information available in the classroom. Students may enter any original work of prose fiction, up to 1000 words in length by March 30 — a short story or the first chapter of a longer work, any genre or style. Complete submission guidelines, judging criteria, entry forms and mail-in information will all be posted on the WOTR website www.writeontheriver.org starting February 1. The fee to submit work is $10.

Anyone who submits work to the competition can automatically enroll for free in the Saturday May 18 High School Writers Workshop entitled “Creating Fiction Using Ingredients You Already Have in Your Own Brain ” presented by award-winning author Katherine Grace Bond (you can also choose not to write for the competition and simply register for the High School workshop for $10.)

The winning writer will receive $100, and two Honorable Mentions will also be named. Those three students and five more selected by the judges will have an unprecedented opportunity to boost their writing skills — Ms. Bond will write full critiques of the selected submissions, and then host a private “working writers’ luncheon” with those eight individual writers directly after the morning workshop.

This competition was initiated by 2011 WOTR conference presenter Chelsea Cain, a widely published NY Times best selling author and strong believer in the potential of young writers. She pledged $1000 over ten years to encourage our local high school students. Then, 2012 Conference presenters Susan Wingate and Terri Persun were so impressed by the Chelsea Cain award winner they offered special funding to enhance the morning workshop with the individual critiques and luncheon!