Arkansas Anthology looking for student writers

Thursday, January 15, 2004

The Arkansas Anthology is a collection of literary works written by Arkansas students and their teachers. The writings are judged, selected and published annually by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA), a non-profit professional organization for English teachers.

Categories include short story (maximum 700 words); essay (maximum 500 words); personal narrative (first person, maximum 500 words); descriptive paragraph; and poetry.

Fillers can also be submitted. These are short pieces such as descriptive sentences, original jokes, epigrams, metaphors or similes.

Up to five fillers make one $5 entry.

Because space within the Anthology is limited, judges tend to select shorter works more often than longer works.

Each entry requires a $5 fee. Make checks payable to ACTELA. No fees will be returned.

Hard copy submissions are standard, but WordPerfect submissions are welcome. These may be submitted by diskette or e-mail attachment.

Entries must be typed. Each entry must include this statement signed by the student and co-signed by either a teacher or a parent/guardian: "This is my original work. I grant permission to ACTELA to publish this if it is a winning entry."

Each student entry should include the following information: student's name, grade and a mailing address for the school or the student. Teachers should include their names with student entries.

Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 14, 2004.

Although participation in the contest and anthology is open to all teachers and their students, ACTELA encourages teachers to join its professional organization. ACTELA is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Selected authors will receive an award certificate by the end of the school year and a copy of Arkansas Anthology 2004 after it is published later this summer or early fall. A complimentary copy will be given to teachers who send the entries of winning students. Additional copies may be purchased for a nominal fee.

Submissions may be sent to Arkansas Anthology 2004, c/o Dr. Robert Lamm and Lauren Bradshaw, editors, P.O. Box 1890, State University, AR 72467 or

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