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Sixth Annual Language Arts Festival to be Held April 30


Wayne State College will host its sixth annual Language Arts Festival for students in grades seven through twelve April 30, 2010. Students are invited to submit original fiction and poetry to a writing contest and bring posters to an on-campus competition. The five best stories and poems from each grade will be published in an anthology. First-place winners of all contests will receive medals.


Students, teachers and parents are invited to come to the Wayne State College Student Center to participate in workshops on writing, literature, and drama from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Presenters will include Nebraska poets Barbara Schmitz, Karen Wingett, Neil Harrison, and the visiting author, Matt Mason, a published Nebraska poet. Wayne State College faculty and English Education students will give interactive workshops on subjects such as poetry slams, nursery rhymes, literary quiz bowls, and poetry slams.


Writing Contest
Students in grades seven through twelve may submit short stories or poems to a writing contest.  The WSC Press will publish an anthology of the best short stories and poems for each grade.


Short Stories
Short stories may be original fiction of any genre: fantasy, realism, science fiction, historical fiction. The stories should be well-written, carefully edited, and titled. Individuals may submit only one entry in the short story contest but may submit poetry as well as a short story. Short stories must be no less than 1000 words and no more than 3000 words in length.


Poems must be original works on any subject, rhymed or free-verse, length not to exceed two typed double-spaced pages. Poems should be well-written, carefully edited, and titled. Individuals may submit a short story and poetry or several poems.


How to Submit
Submissions should be written on a word processor, preferably in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, using a standard 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman. Please save documents in Rich Text Format. Stories and poems must be submitted as attachments to an e-mail. No hard copies will be accepted. In the e-mail, give your name, grade, school, address, teacher, telephone number, and the title of your story. Attach a copy of your story to the e-mail. Give the file containing your story a title that consists of your grade level, your school’s name in capital letters, st in lower case if a story, po in lower case if a poem, and your last name.


Examples: 7LAWTONBRONSONstJones (story by a 7th grader at Lawton Bronson)
                    12PAPILLIONpoSmith (a poem from a 12th grader at Papillion)

This is very important. This information will ensure that your story or poem is placed in the right grade category and that no entries are lost. On the story itself, type the following information in the top left hand corner of the first page:


            E-mail Address

All rights to the composition remain the property of the author. Permission by the author is given for one-time publication.


Entries must be received by March 8, 2010.
Send all entries to


Evaluating Writing
Review of the submitted writings will begin March 16, 2010. Faculty members from the School of Humanities and English Education students will read and evaluate all entries. They will select the five best short stories and poems in each grade. Authors of the short stories and poems selected for the anthology (and their teachers) will be notified via e-mail.


We will continue to provide one complimentary copy of the anthology to each student whose work is selected as one of the best five in each grade. Due to funding constraints, we are no longer able to provide a copy to all students who attend. One copy will be provided to each teacher from each school so that all students can view the anthology.


Poster Competition
Students are invited to bring posters promoting the language arts.  These may focus on reading, writing or other language skill, or they may celebrate a work of literature.  These will be judged at the event and medals will be awarded to the best entries.


No entry fee is required.  All expenses for travel and meals are the responsibility of the student attending the Language Arts Festival. Lunch in the WSC cafeteria is approximately $5.50.


It is not necessary to submit an entry to attend the Festival. Teachers who plan to bring groups of students should copy and fill in the registration form below.  


Wayne State College Language Arts Festival Registration 
Mail or e-mail by April 1, 2010.

Teacher’s Name_____________________________________________________


School Address_____________________________________________________


Number of students attending___________________

Number of others attending____________________

How many students are bringing posters to the competition?________


Either mail the forms to                                 


Lori Newcomb
Language Arts Festival
Department of Literature and Language
Wayne State College
Wayne, NE 68787

or e-mail them to


For more information, write or call
Lori Newcomb
Department of Literature and Language
Wayne State College
Wayne, NE 68787
402-375-7104 (office)/402-379-0564 (home)

This program is funded by an academic schools grant from Wayne State College, Service Learning Grants, and a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council.


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