Otero Arts Festival calling for creative writing entries
The 65th Annual Otero Arts Festival will take place March 30 to April 1 at Otero Junior College's Rizzuto Banquet Room in the OJC Student Center.
The festival will showcase creative writing, visual arts, theatrical performances and instrumental music contestants for area students grades 7-12. It features students from across southeast Colorado.
The call for entries in this year's creative writing contest has been announced. Area students are encouraged to share what inspires their creative writing and makes their inspiration come to life.
Entries are being accepted for the creative writing division through March 5. All poems, short stories, essays, creative books and senior portfolios that are entered will be displayed in the Reading Room during the public viewing dates from March 30-April 1.
An essay may be on any topic, no more than 500 words and must include a title.
A short story may be on any topic and should demonstrate a strong sense of narration, description and character development. These are not to be autobiographical in nature. Short stories are limited to 1,000 words and must include a title.
Poetry may be of any style, may be submitted in an artistic visual format and must be titled and no more than 30 lines. Patterning a poem directly on another poet's style or format may be good practice, but an individual approach is always prized.
In the senior portfolio competition, the senior student must exhibit as a group with one each an essay, short story and poetry. Only one entry is allowed, but seniors can now include writing completed during any of their high school years. Senior portfolio entries are limited to this group and do not compete at large.
For the creative book option, high school students grades 9-12 may create a book of poetry, a short story or personal memoir. However, these items cannot be submitted in the other categories of poetry, short story and essay too. The book must include a title page with the student's name, school and instructor.
The minimum is eight pages and the maximum is 14 pages of content. Pages must be on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of paper. Illustrations need to be the original work of the student or non-copyrighted material, 25% of the book should be illustrated in some fashion.
Forms and detailed information about the Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing contests are available on the Otero Junior College web site at www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx.
First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of the three writing categories. A ribbon and a $50 award will be given for the best representative writing in both middle school and high school.
The winner of the senior portfolio creative writing division will be awarded a one-year, renewable, 12 credit hours of in-state tuition on the campus rate scholarship to OJC.
Entries are being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, 1802 Colorado Ave., La Junta, Colo. 81050 or by bringing entries to the OJC Welcome Center in MacDonald Hall Room 110 by 5 p.m. on March 5.
For more information, contact festival coordinator Debbie Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.