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JMRL Teen Poetry Contest

From the good folks at JMRL: Do you love to write poetry?  The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will hold its annual teen poetry contest from October 1 to October 27.   Contest forms and guidelines are  available at each branch library and online at  www.jmrl.org/teens.  Teens ages 12 to  18 can submit only one poem they have written.

Three winners will be chosen,  prizes will be awarded,  and the winners will be  eligible for entry in the annual teen poetry contest sponsored  by the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) library journal.

Children’s author Cathy May will be one of several judges.  Submission deadline is October 27.  Winners will be notified by mid-November.


Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo at JMRL!

JMRL Summer Reading ProgramWhile Second Street is closed on Saturday, June 9, 10am – noon for food, fun, and frivolity, Central Library will have Sign-up for the Summer Reading Club and everyone will enjoy enormous amounts of entertainment.

Even adults can participate in summer reading programs. BETWEEN THE COVERS is the adult theme this summer, including special weekly prize drawings, contests, displays and programs especially for adults. Remember, you can open a book and open the world.

The theme for the teen program is OWN THE NIGHT. Ages 11-18 can win great prizes as they read, and be entered into weekly drawings for more prizes.

DREAM BIG: READ! is the theme for the children’s program. Kids can participate in the summer reading program and earn prizes for reading or being read to.

Whatever your age, there is something exciting for you at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans | The Iowa Review

Jeff Sharlet, linguist, U.S. Army Security Age...

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

This writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Judge: Robert Olen Butler

Prize: $1,000 plus publication in The Iowa Review

Deadline: June 15, 2012

Entry fee: $15

Click the link for contest rules:

via The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans | The Iowa Review.

Immerse Yourself, Briefly: A Contest « BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

New contest at BREVITY:

To celebrate Robin Hemley’s new book, A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel, we are launching a quick contest.  You have one month, until May 11th, to immerse yourself, in something.  If it is water, be sure that you can swim. If it is honey, watch out for bears.

Here are the details:

For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Immersion writing encompasses Immersion Memoir (in which the writer uses participatory experience to write about the Self), Immersion Journalism (in which the writer uses the Self to write about the world), and Travel Writing (a bit of both: the writer in the world and the world in the writer).  Types of immersion writing within these broad categories include: the Reenactment, the Experiment, the Quest, the Investigation, and the Infiltration.

Immersion, by the way, is defined as involvement in something that completely occupies all the time, energy, or concentration available.

So, choose one of the immersion modes and knock yourself out, except we are only allowing you 500 words.

Yes, you heard us right: 500 words, or fewer.

Robin Hemley, Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa, and celebrated author, will be the judge. First prize is a copy of A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel and $50, second prize is a signed copy of the immersive The Accidental Buddhist, and third prize is a showercap.  All three winners will be published on the Brevity blog.

Deadline May 11th, 2012.  Mail your entries to brevitymag(at)gmail.com with Immersion as the first word in your subject heading.

Immerse Yourself, Briefly: A Contest « BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog.

SELC Writing Contest deadline January 13

Environmental pollution

Press Release: Deadline Nearing for SELC Nature Writing Contest

Writers and journalists have just over a week to send submissions for SELC’s 17th annual Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment.  Submissions must be received by Friday, January 13, in our Charlottesville headquarters.

>> Contest requirements are below, and more information can be found on our website.

SELC welcomes three new judges panel this year. Silas House, an award-winning author of The Coal Tattoo and co-author of Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal, Bruz Clark, president and treasurer of the Chattanooga-based Lyndhurst Foundation, and Paul Sloan, former Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

SELC’s writing contest two categories: Book, for non-fiction books (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper, magazine writing, and online writing that is published by a recognized institution (e.g., newspaper, university or non-profit organization) and is journalistic in nature.  Prizes of $1,000 are awarded to the winner in each category.

* Submissions must have been published during calendar year 2011, be at least 3,000 words, and relate to the natural environment in at least one of SELC’s six states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Virginia.
* Send 16 copies to Reed Award, SELC, 201 W. Main Street, Ste. 14, Charlottesville, VA  22902. Include at least one copy in original format; Journalism entries must include a CD or email (dmoore@selcva.org) with text to verify word length. Submissions cannot be returned.

This year’s judges include:
Joel K. Bourne, Jr.-Contributing writer and former Senior Editor for the Environment at National Geographic.
Bruz Clark-President and treasurer of the Chattanooga-based Lyndhurst Foundation.
Jim Detjen-Director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University.
Hannah Fries-Associate Editor and Poetry Editor of Orion magazine.
Nikki Giovanni-Grammy-nominated poet, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.
Silas House-Award-winning author Interim Director, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center; Berea College.
Janet Lembke-Author of Because the Cat Purrs  and almost 20 other nature books.
Bill McKibben-Author and journalist, co-founder “350.org,” scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College.
Deaderick Montague-Civic leader, teacher and writer, Vice President of SELC Board of Trustees.
Janisse Ray-Poet, activist, teacher and award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.
Charles Seabrook-Former environmental reporter for Atlanta Journal-Constitution; book author.
Paul Sloan-Former Deputy Commissioner Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
Donovan Webster-Author and journalist, Deputy Editor of award-winning Virginia Quarterly Review.

Calling all Nancy Drew Fans!

The Hidden Window Mystery

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The  Mysteries Behind Nancy Drew”  will be discussed at a program at the Central Library on April 1, 11am until 12:30pm.

Presenters include: Nancy Drew Warner Brothers movie consultant, author and Sleuth’s President, Jennifer Fisher, and former Nancy Drew ghostwriter Alison Hart.

There will be a Nancy Drew Clues challenge following the presentations.

This program is part of a Nancy Drew Convention that is being held in Charlottesville March 30 – April 3 at the Holiday Inn.   The  convention theme book,  The Hidden Window Mystery, takes place in  Charlottesville, Virginia when the characters in the story stumble upon a mysterious ghost haunting a mansion.   This book has  a 1956 original text version (25 chapters) and a 1975 revision (20 chapters).

The program at the library is open to the public.

2011 Big Read Video Contest

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961)

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News from JMRL:


Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is hosting a video contest to promote THE BIG READ.

Videos, posted to YouTube, are wanted to promote THE BIG READ to get people reading and discussing THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett during  March and April 2011.

The YouTube contest rules are on THE BIG READ  website:  www.jmrl.org/bigread

Winning entries will receive:

  • Judges’ Choice: $250 in gift certificates to Best Buy
  • Viewers’ Choice: $100 in gift certificates to Best Buy