Writing Contest Announced

Clackamas County Arts Alliance announces a writing contest for Clackamas County residents. This contest, conceived and organized by the Arts Alliance’s Literary Arts Committee, encourages local writers to express their ideas about “Clackamas County – Its life, its history, its future!”

Submissions must be about Clackamas County and can be in the format of a short story, an essay, a poem or a play. Entries in both English and Spanish will be accepted. The contest will open January 3, 2023 and entries must be received by April 3, 2023.

“Contests like this one help writers hone their skills and provide an opportunity for wider recognition. This contest’s broad theme and variety of genres gives writers a chance to truly get creative and showcase their unique talents,” says Tamara Muldoon, a Literary Arts Committee member. “We hope to receive a diversity of submissions in each discipline.”

Winners will be publicly announced during the Clackamas Community College Compose Creative Writing Conference scheduled for May 20, 2023. One First Place winner and one Runner Up winner will be awarded in each of the four genres; short story, essay, poem and play. First Place winners will receive a cash prize of $250 and complimentary registration to the Compose Creative Writing Conference. Runner Up winners will receive a cash prize of $100 and also complimentary registration to the Compose Conference.

The Literary Arts Committee is also seeking businesses or individuals who would like to help sponsor the contest. Sponsors who gift $250 or more will receive extensive recognition both before and during the Compose Conference. Smaller donation amounts are also welcome. Sponsorship donations may be tax deductible as the funds are managed by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance board, a 501(c)3 organization.

For information on contest guidelines, submission instructions, or sponsorship visit the Clackamas County Arts Alliance website at https://clackamasartsalliance.org/writing-contest.

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