Writers, artists of all ages invited to submit works
by Maddy Houk, Patterson Irrigator
Jan 11, 2012 | 1403 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Get out the paper and sharpen the pencils. The Apricot Fiesta’s Poetry and Prose annual writing contest is open for 2012.

Contest chairwoman Karen Willard encourages men, women and children to enter prose, poetry, a short story or an essay. Teachers’ entries are especially encouraged, Willard said, as they show students a willingness to try their hand at writing.

A panel of judges will read and score all entries, and the top 100 selections will be submitted for publication in the annual Apricot Fiesta Poetry and Prose Review book.

“I believe that everyone who enters is a winner just by trying,” Willard said.

The writing deadline is March 30. Rules are as follows:

n Entries should be typed on 8½-by-11-inch paper with a 1-inch margin.

n Poems, prose works and short stories can be about any topic and should be no more than 500 words.

n Illustrations are encouraged.

n Each writer’s name and phone number must be included on the entry. Students must also include their teacher’s name and homeroom number.

Entries may be submitted by mail to the Apricot Fiesta, c/o Karen Willard, P.O. Box 442, Patterson, CA 95363; or to Patterson Joint Unified School District, 510 Keystone Blvd., Patterson, CA 95363. Entries also may be dropped off at the school district office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anthology cover art needed

Entries for the Apricot Fiesta Poetry and Prose cover art design contest should be on 8½-by-11-inch paper with a 1-inch margin. The words “27th annual Poetry & Prose” and “42nd Apricot Fiesta” must be included in the design, and the art must be copy-ready.

The deadline for art design submissions is April 27. Artwork should be submitted like written entries, as described above.

For information: Karen Willard, chairwoman and editor, 404-6044; or Marilyn Hoobler, Apricot Fiesta secretary, 892-3118.

•Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187 or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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