State high school students are invited to enter the 2012 Thornton Wilder Writing Competition, sponsored by the Friends of the Hamden Public Library.
This is the twenty-sixth year of the competition. It was established in 1987 by the Friends of the Hamden Library to honor long-time Hamden resident and Pulitzer Prize winning author and playwright, Thornton Wilder.
The competition is open to all Connecticut public, private and parochial school students. Last year nearly 200 entries were received from many area high schools.
Cash prizes have been awarded to approximately 90 students for their creative writing efforts, and students from all area schools are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Entries for the competition may be short stories, essays, poetry, television scripts, one-act plays or selections from longer works. Entries are limited to one prose and one poetry piece per student.
An application form plus four typed copies of each entry should be mailed or delivered by Feb. 1 to:
Thornton Wilder Writing Competition
c/o Friends of the Hamden Library
2901 Dixwell Ave.
The prizes are:
First Prize, Prose $600 Second Prize, Prose $400
First Prize, Poetry $600 Second Prize, Poetry $400
Awards will be presented on the evening of Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Thornton Wilder Hall at the Miller Library Complex. Winning entries will be read to the audience. A reception will follow the presentations. Teachers, families, and the public are encouraged to attend.