The 63rd annual Otero Arts Festival, set for April 2 – 4 at Otero Junior College’s McDivitt Center Gym, will showcase creative writing, visual arts, theatrical performances and instrumental music contestants for area students’ grades 7-12 from throughout southeast Colorado.

Entries are being accepted for the Creative Writing division through March 1. All poems, short stories, essays and creative books that are entered will be displayed in the Reading Room during the public viewing dates, April 2-4.

Forms and detailed information about the Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing contests are available on the Otero Junior College website at ojc.edu/about/newsevents/ojcevents/oteroarts/default.aspx.   

First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of the three writing categories for grades 7-12. A ribbon and $50 award will be given for Best Representative Writing in middle school and a ribbon and $50 award will be given for Best Representative Writing in high school.
 
The Creative Writing contest continues to feature the high school Senior Portfolio competition consisting of a poem, short story and essay. The winner of the Senior Portfolio creative writing division will be awarded a one-year, renewable, 12 credit hours of in-state tuition scholarship to Otero Junior College.
 
All Creative Writing entries will be on exhibit in the Reading Room April 2 – 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Entries are currently being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by bringing entries the OJC Welcome Center, Macdonald Hall Room 110 by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1. 
 
For more information, contact festival coordinator Debbie.Phillips@ojc.edu.