Teen writing contest deadline is soon

Know a high school student who loves to write? Borough President Marty Markowitz is hosting the fourth annual “Brooklyn Lit Match” teen writing contest, and the 10 winners will have their work published and the first-place winner will score a new laptop. The contest is part of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sept. 13, and the deadline is June 20.

Per the press release:

The theme of this year’s contest is Brooklyn Next. Students are asked to write on the following: Change, change, change. It’s everywhere, all the time. A traffic light changes a thousand times a day; neighborhoods are transformed; or the course of history is reset by a single moment, a movement of people, or a new discovery in science. Change is in the details of everyday life in Brooklyn or in the broad sweep of time. Change can be exciting, frightening, for better or worse, or just different. What story—true or fiction—can you tell about change that you experienced or dream about in Brooklyn?

A committee of publishers, editors and literary agents will select 10 finalists, including a first place winner. The 10 finalists will be invited to read their work at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 13, 2009. Their work will be professionally edited and published in an anthology to be released by Akashic Books. The first place winner will be announced at the Book Festival and receive a laptop computer.

Entries are due by June 20, 2009, can be typed or handwritten, and should not exceed 2,500 words. You can write in any form: a story, poem, essay, or rap. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, school, age and telephone number. There is no fee to enter, and you must be a resident of, or student in, Brooklyn at the time of submission.

Entries should be sent to Brooklyn Book Festival Lit Match, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Any questions regarding the contest can be directed to Liz Koch, 718-802-3852 or ekoch AT brooklynbp.nyc.gov.

For more information about the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Lit Match contest, visit www.visitbrooklyn.org.

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