Entrants of any age can send in their favorite poem or prose piece — a short story or essay, or an excerpt of a story. The excerpt could be from a journal, a letter or a homework assignment. All entries must be 500 words or less and must have been completed in the past year.
Any kind of poem or short story will be accepted. Illustrations are encouraged, but artists should remember that yellow does not show when printed in black and white. Entrants should keep a 1-inch margin and be sure to include their name and either their teacher and homeroom or a phone number. The deadline is March 26.
Chairwoman Karen Willard has announced that all submissions must be typed and copy-ready. A panel of judges will read and score all the material submitted. Scores will be added together, and the top 100 writers will be submitted to print.
Besides the poetry and prose contest, there is also a contest to design the cover for the collection of local writing. Entries must be on 8½-by-11-inch paper with a 1-inch margin. Each entry must include the words “25th Annual Poetry & Prose” and “40th Apricot Fiesta.” It must be copy-ready, which means all artwork must be black-and-white. Entrants can visit the Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave., to see past publications. Deadline for cover art design entries will be April 23.
All writing and art entries may be submitted to Shari Fraga, c/o Patterson Unified School District, 510 Keystone Blvd., Patterson 95363; or to the Apricot Fiesta, c/o Karen Willard, P.O. Box 442, Patterson 95363
For information: Karen Willard, chairwoman, 404-6044; or Marilyn Hoobler, Fiesta secretary, 892-3118