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Southeastern writing contest accepting competition submissions from area students

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Area student writers in grades 6-12 may now submit original works to the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) at Southeastern Louisiana University for participation in the third annual “SLWP Writes!” competition. 
     The competition is open to all schools in Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, St. Helena, Washington and East St. John the Baptist parishes as well as surrounding areas where SLWP instructors teach. Teachers are encouraged to submit worthy samples of their students’ work, or students may submit directly to SLWP. Poems and prose should be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form by April 20.
     Students may submit up to three poems; the poems should be single or double-spaced, titled and may not exceed a 100-line maximum. Prose should be double-spaced and limited to 1,500 words. 
     SLWP Writing Project teacher-consultants will judge submissions, and winners will be notified by June 1. Prizes include certificates, publication of the entry by SLWP and automatic entry into the Louisiana Writes Project statewide “LA Writes!” contest.
Electronic submissions can be sent to, and hard copies should be mailed to SLWP Writes Contest, c/o Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, La, 70402 along with a signed registration form, which available on the SLWP Web site:
     Southeastern’s SLWP is an affiliate of the National Writing Project and one of four project sites in the state. In an effort to promote teacher writing and learning, SLWP offers various programs to help writing teachers excel in the classroom. SLWP programs include summer institutes, in-service programs and the “New Orleans Writing Marathon.”
     For more information on “SLWP Writes!” or to print a contest registration form, visit or contact Jessica Kastner, contest coordinator, at

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