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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest 2008

The Waukegan Public Library is pleased to announce the 24th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest. The contest will begin on February 15, and will end on March 15, 2008. The category this year is poetry. Eligibility: The contest is open to high school students and adults. Library employees and board members and their immediate families are not eligible
to participate.

Length: No longer than two pages on one side.

Text: Must be typed, 12 point, double-spaced, on white 8 1/2” x 11” paper. Limit of two entries per individual. One entry in triplicate per envelop.

Pen name: To preserve the anonymity of the contestants, each entry must be signed with a pen name or pseudonym and be accompanied by a sealed envelope that will contain the real name, address, telephone number and e-mail of the writer. The outside of the envelope should have clearly printed the pen name, the title of the work submitted, and the school attended, if
applicable. Entries that do not follow the rules will be disqualified.

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked on or before March 15, 2008. Poems may be mailed or hand-delivered on or before the deadline. Late entries will not be accepted. No e-mail entries will be accepted.

Judges: The judges’ names will become available before the closing date.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to high school students and to adults.

The prizes in each category are:
$100.00 for 1st place
$50.00 for 2nd place
$25.00 for 3rd place
At the criteria of the jury, Honorable Mentions may be awarded.

Winners: The winning stories will be announced and the writers presented with awards at the Friends of the Library Annual Dinner, on April 19th, 2008. Winners will be asked to share their work. The winning writings will be published on the Ray Bradbury Writing Contest
page of the library web site

Mail To:
Attention: Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest
Adult Services Department
Waukegan Public Library
128 North
County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085