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Library announces writing contest

Article Published: Apr. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Would-be young writers, listen up: Here's your chance to get recognized. A contest aimed at school-aged kids may have you sharpening your pencils.

"We're looking for anything, short stories or poetry," Watauga Public Library youth services specialist Owen Gray said.

Gray is organizing the third annual Young Writer's Writing Contest at Watauga County Public Library, and this year's writers may get the chance to be part of something special.
"It's called the Thingummywut," Gray said.

The Thingummywut is a literary magazine launching in April to showcase literary skills of High Country youth.

"In the fall, we will be taking open submissions," he said.

In the meantime, the best way to get noticed is through the contest.

"It's just one way of encouraging writing in the community amongst younger students in the area," Gray said. "We have a great writing community in the area and not a lot of younger people are aware of that community. This is a way to get them involved and let them experience the fun and success at an early age so they might be encouraged to explore themselves as a writer."

Contest winners will get published in the magazine and win prizes.

To enter, bring your submission by the youth services desk at the library or e-mail it to ( Include your name, age, grade, phone number and e-mail. Entries are due by April 30. Short stories should be under 2,500 words.

The Watauga Public Library is located at 140 Queen St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-8784.

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