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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Public invited to La Plume Young Writers ceremony

The Fourth Annual La Plume Young Writers’ Contest is back with entries from over 100 students in grades 3 through 12. They wrote short stories ranging from 1000 words (elementary students) to 4000 words (middle and high school students).

The awards ceremony is Friday, November 21 from 7 to 9 pm at the MCA academy Recital Hall at 2911 Grand Avenue (at the Shoppes of Mayfair). The ceremony is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments and book signings.

Students wrote their stories during the summer on themes drawn on their life experiences and personal knowledge for review by a panel of judges that include published writers, editors, actors, journalists, librarians, educators/professors and artists. The Grand Prize Winner is given a $350 cash prize and has their work published and available for sale online and at the Bookstore in the Grove. Prizes including cash and gift certificates are also given to First Place category winners and those works are also published and available for sale.

The La Plume contest was created by the MCA Academy and the Bookstore in the Grove in 2011 to encourage young writers to express themselves and to provide an opportunity for students to have their work evaluated professionally and published. The first year was so successful that the contest was expanded beyond middle school to include high school and elementary students.

“La Plume was well received by students and teachers last year,” according to Brigitte Kishlar, founder of the La Plume Young Writers Contest. “A wide spectrum of students with different backgrounds and cultures submitted some very original and engaging compositions.”

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each level. The Grand Prize winner gets $350 and two one-year passes to Paragon Theaters. 

MCA academy is a private school for students with talents beyond school.  The intense college preparatory curriculum builds confidence and provides an environment leading to success for students whose passions may eventually take them into careers in professional sports, the arts, acting and other non-traditional pursuits.

For more information, please call 305-442-2283 or visit mcaacademy.com.

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