Aug 25,2006 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
Winners Receive Cash Prize And Featured at November Open Mike Event
“The Rising Star competition is a natural extension of our interest in supporting emerging Northwest writers,” said Ellen Waterston, Director of The Nature of Words. “We want to encourage the next generation of writers by providing a forum for their work and giving them an opportunity to compete with their peers.”
Entries will be judged by a panel of well-known Northwest writers including: Fiction: Jane Kirkpatrick, author of A Clearing in the Wild and Hold Tight the Thread; Non-fiction: Jarold Ramsay, author of New Era, Reflections on the Human and Natural History of Central Oregon and Coyote Was Going There: Indian Literature of the Oregon Country; and Poetry: Judith Montgomery, author of Passion and Red Jess.
· The competition is open to writers in
· Writers must be a member of one of the eligible age categories: ages 15-18 or ages 19-25.
· Submitting writers may not have published a first book or chapbook, but may have had individual stories, essays or poems in print.
· Submit two copies of each entry. Poets may submit two unpublished poems (4 single-spaced pages, total); prose writers may submit an unpublished double-spaced piece of no more than 2500 words. “Publication” includes appearance on any Internet source except a blog. Use 8-1/2x 11 paper, and 12-pt. type. Entries will not be returned. Writers should not send their only copy of submitted work.
· The author’s name, address, phone number, and email should appear in the upper right-hand corner of every page. The first page should contain the word count (prose only).
· Entrants should include a brief cover letter with a paragraph of information about themselves and their interest in/experience in writing.
· Include a check for $5 (submission fee), payable to the
· Entries must be postmarked by September 15, 2006 and mailed to Rising Star, The Nature of Words, P.O. Box 644,
The Nature of Words is co-sponsored by the High Desert Museum, Oregon State University/Cascades Campus and the Writing Ranch.