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Contest Guidelines

The Writing Radar contest is open to all sixth and seventh graders (including homeschoolers) residing in the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland (Caroline, Queen Anne's, Kent, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester.)

Entries should be a personal essay on one of the following themes:
What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done? What inspired you to do it?
Write about the best thing that happened to you last year.
What is the strangest thing that's ever happened to you? Write about your experience.

All entries must be written in English. Submissions will be evaluated on content, structure, style, and originality. Two winners from each county will be chosen to attend a writing workshop with Jack Gantos (author of the Joey Pigza series).

We will start accepting entries on January 31st, 2018 and the deadline for entries is March 1, 2018. Winners will be announced at the beginning of April. The writing workshop will take place at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Winners must have transportation to and from the Talbot County Free Library (100 West Dover Street, Easton, Maryland 21601).

There is no fee to participate. All submissions must be 500-1000 words, typed and double-spaced. Entries, along with completed entry and release forms (download below), may be delivered by hand to a staff member at your public library or emailed to writingradar@esrl.org by March 1, 2018.


Entry & Release Forms

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