York County Arts Council literary contest offers cash prizes

July 31, 2013 

The Arts Council of York County presents its 10th annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the southeast United States; and the second annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across York County, SC.

The postmark deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

The 10th annual competition will include both an adult and youth component. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there will be no repeat prizewinners within the categories. The winners of the Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

Awards for the 10th Annual Literary Competition range from $25 to $100.

There are no restrictions on subject matter. All participants must submit three copies of each entry for distribution to judges. Email entries will not be accepted. No entries will be returned. Your name must not appear on the manuscript, and pages must be numbered with the title of the entry. Include the title of the submitted work and all contact information on the entry form.

For complete guidelines and entry information, visit yorkcountyarts.org.

Entry fees for this year’s adult competition are: Non-members: $15 per entry; ACYC members: $10 per entry. There are no entry fees for those entering the youth competition. Those submitting to the youth competition must be enrolled in a K-12 program to be eligible to enter.

All participants are invited to a free, public reception and awards ceremony to be held at the Community Performance Center, 249 East Main St., Rock Hill on Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. where the winners will be announced. Winners are encouraged to read passages from their work at the reception.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787 or arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or go to yorkcountyarts.org.

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