The 34th annual StarWatch creative writing contest, sponsored by the Tahlequah Friends of the Library, opened Jan. 9 for writers in grades 1-12 and adults.
Writers are invited to submit manuscripts in three categories: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. All students, including those home-schooled, and all adults in Cherokee County are eligible to enter the contest.
As in the past, the contestants are divided into six groups: grades 1-4, grade 5, grade 6, grades 7-8, grades 9-12, and adults, which includes college students. Teachers and students may access “Tips for Writing a Winning Entry in the StarWatch Contest” by going to the library website, www.tahlequah.lib.ok.us. Click on “Friends of the Library” and then on “StarWatch.”
Deadline for submission of entries is Saturday, March 29, at noon. They may be brought to the library or mailed to 120 S. College, Tahlequah, Okla. 74464. Entry forms are available at the library and from language arts teachers in all schools in Cherokee County.
The entry form contains complete instructions for preparation and submission of manuscripts.
First, second, and third places and honorable mentions will be awarded in each grade group and each category. All winners will be invited to an awards reception April 27 in the Great Room at Go Ye Village. At the reception, FOL’s annual StarWatch anthology of all winning manuscripts will be available. All first-place winners will receive a free copy of the anthology.
Anyone with questions about the contest may call FOL President Darry Carlstone at (918) 207-0830 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.