The Write Stuff
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Local writers who have long dreamed of seeing their work in print in a newspaper—or in the pages of a book, or inside of a city bus, or even on a placard outside of the Bellingham Public Library—have numerous opportunities in the near future to make that fantasy a reality.
At the Cascadia Weekly, we’ve been accepting submissions for the past month for our revived Fiction 101 Contest—something our staff hasn’t attempted since we all had a lot less gray hair and the paper operated under a different name. But time is running out, and we’d love to get even more selections for our judges to peruse. The rules are simple. Submissions of short works of fiction on a plot or theme of your own choosing must be 101 words or less (hence the title). We’re hoping writers of all ages bring their subject matter to life, so when you send in your creative contribution, please indicate if you’re submitting in the youth category (18 and under) or as an adult (19 and older). Additionally, include the title of your tale, your name and a way to contact you. Winners in both age ranges will see their works in print in our March 6 edition, and we’ll also be giving out a few prizes and putting even more stories online. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! When: Submissions are due by 5pm Mon., Feb. 18. Info: Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Teens who would love to be published authors even before they’ve decided on their career paths are encouraged to pen poems for “A Forest of Words,” the annual countywide poetry contest put on by the Whatcom County Library System. Students in grades 6-12 can enter their poetry for inclusion, with a few rules to guide them. The poems must be original, with a length limit of less than a page. Everybody can submit up to two works, and team or partner entries will be allowed. Accepted poets will have their selections printed in A Forest of Words anthology, which will be distributed to area schools and libraries. They’ll also receive a copy of the book—and bragging rights, of course—as well as an invite to a reading in the spring. A panel of library staff and area teens will select poems based on originality, creativity and craft, so take your time and get it right. Pick up an entry form at county libraries, or download it from WCLS’ website, and then get writing. When: Submissions are due by Fri., March 15. Info: http://www.wcls.org/a-forest-of-words
I live with somebody who once had their poem selected for the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, so I’m well aware of the distinction being chosen as a winner holds. The placard his poem was printed on and displayed in the Bellingham Public Library entryway garden for a year now holds a place of distinction in our abode, and is a reminder of the power of words. To find out for yourself, know that entry to submit to the 14th annual poetry contest is free, and 25 contestants will be chosen—10 Walk Award winners will see their works on display at the library and on WTA buses, along with 15 Merit Award winners. And rest assured that this year’s contest judges—esteemed local poets Jessica Lohafer and Christopher Patton—will do their level best to select a fascinating cross-section of verse, which you can see throughout the city, or hear at a free awards ceremony May 16 at Bellingham Cruise Terminal. When: Submissions will be accepted March 1-31. Info: http://www.boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com
Photo of Jessica Lohafer by Mallory Opel
Books that suit you
It can be challenging to find your next great read, but the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has stacked the deck in your favor. To celebrate our 75th anniversary and our love of sharing stories, we’ve created a full deck of reading recommendations, one for each week of 2019.
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