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Youth Writing Contest (Posted On: Saturday, May 01, 2010)

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The Collingwood Public Library is having a Youth Writing Contest called Books and Beyond.  This is a great reason to visit the new library and get your kids writing!  Come visit our new Collingwood Public Library and enter our writing contest! Prizes for all grade winners!  Who can enter? All youth, from grades 1 to 12, who live and/or attend school in Collingwood.

What do I write about?
Come visit the new Collingwood Public Library. Think back to your experiences at the old library too. You can write about: What's different or the same? How does the new library meet needs of the community? How does the new library help you have fun or learn? Why is the library a 'hub of our community'? Make sure you include your own observations and experiences at the library.

What form?
• A personal or reflective text. Enter in English or French.

Who is my audience?
• Your friends (or peers).

How long?
• Grade One, 4 to 7 sentences
• Grade Two, 6 to 9 sentences
• Grade Three, 9 to 12 sentences
• Grades Four & Five, 100-150 words
• Grades Six & Eight, 150-200 words
• Grades Nine & Ten, 200-250 words
• Grades Eleven & Twelve, 250-300 words
What is the deadline and where do I submit my entry?
• Hand in to the front desk at the Collingwood Public Library (55 St. Marie Street) no later than Tuesday, May 18, 2010 by 8pm.

Entry details:
• Illustrations, graphics and colour are encouraged! Please note, only the text will be judged.
• Your text can be printed, written or typed (the format does not matter for judging).
• Maximum two 8.5" x 11" pages (for display purposes).
• Include ONLY your grade ON THE FRONT of your entry. Attach your name, school (or homeschool) and contact phone number and/or email address ON THE BACK.

Judging details:
• Judging will be by a panel, who will not see your name/school.
• There will be one winner for each grade (separate for French entries).
• One primary, one junior, one intermediate and one senior winner will be invited to read a part of his or her winning entry at the Grand Opening ceremony on May 27, 2010 (this is optional for selected winners). Winners will be notified by May 21, 2010.

All submissions will be displayed in the children's and teen departments of the library from May 27 until June 27, after which time your original can be returned to you.

Contact Andrea Matrosovs, Collingwood Public Library Board Member
and Contest Co-ordinator at or 705-293-0733



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