I am so excited! It's crunch time for Alexander County teens to get their art, poetry, photography, and short stories in for consideration to be in the 5th anniversary of The Alexander Muse teen literary magazine. The magazine will be published in April and will be in full color made possible through a generous grant from Carris Reels of Statesville.
The contest is open to all Alexander County residents who attend any type of high school educational institution – public, private, alternative, or home school. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and will be provided by Wal-mart of Taylorsville, Alexander Friends of the Library, and Village Inn of Taylorsville. There will also be 3 honorable mentions in each category.
Poetry submissions may be in any form, but no longer than 32 lines. Prose writings should not contain more than 1000 words. Art and photography must be able to be reproduced on the printed page. 1st place art and photography will be on the front and back covers respectively.
Art submissions may be dropped off at Alexander County Library or Bethlehem branch; or in designated areas at Alexander Central High School. Digital photographs, poetry, or prose may be e-mailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important that poetry and prose submissions are typed and sent electronically. Only digital photographs will be accepted, but a photo of a film print will be accepted.
The last day to submit items is February 28, 2014. It is free to submit works and items remain property of the artist/writer. Students may submit as many works in as many categories as they wish, but may only place in one category. Winners will be announced at the debut party at Reformation Lutheran’s Fellowship Hall on April 15, 2014.
The Alexander Muse and Teen Poetry Happens are collaborative efforts of Alexander County Schools and Alexander County Library. Ms. Duncan, Ms. Is, and I cannot wait to see what this year's edition brings. Make sure you don't miss a chance to be published in high school!