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Southeastern Writing Project hosts contest for young authors

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a writing contest for young authors in grades 6-12.

     Teachers are encouraged to submit samples of their students’ fiction or non-fiction prose or poetry or students may individually submit their work for “SLWP Writes!”, said SLWP Director Richard Louth.  The deadline is May 1; multiple entries are welcome, he said.

     All entries should be typed and titled. Prose entries have a 1,500 maximum word length, while poetry entries are limited to a maximum of 100 lines.

     “For judging to remain anonymous, the author’s name must not be on the submission,” Louth said.

     Each submission must include a signed entry form, available by contacting Terry O’Mara, SLWP continuity coordinator, or Louth,

     Participants should submit a hard copy with the signed entry form to SLWP Writes! c/o Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402.  An electronic copy, attached as a Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) document must also be emailed to

     The “SLWP Writes!” contest is open to students from all area schools and will be judged by SLWP Writing Project teacher-consultants. Winners will be notified by May 15 and automatically entered into the “Louisiana Writes!” statewide contest, which also presents medals, cash, and an anthology at a gala event at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge in the fall.   

     For further information on the statewide “Louisiana Writes!” contest, contact Margaret Simon, Louisiana Writing Project contest chairman, at

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