Phoenix Sister Cities Announces International Competition for Writers with Disabilities

People who are 19 years old and over, have a disability and live in Arizona or one of Phoenix's nine sister cities are eligible for the second annual Phoenix Sister Cities International Competition for Writers with Disabilities  The deadline for submitting entries is April 15, 2011.

 

Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be granted to the first, second and third place winners

respectively.  Poems must be written in English, no longer than 32 lines and inspired by the theme "One World, One Place, One Home."  Each writer may submit multiple entries. 

 

According to Mary Jane Trunzo, Acting Chair  of  the  Phoenix Sister Cities Disability Awareness Committee, this year's contest theme signifies that despite differences among people,   we all inhabit the same earth and we all are exposed to the specific challenges of our personal lives.   If we are to preserve our world, we need to seek common ground to either reconcile or accept our differences.  This contest provides an opportunity for persons with disabilities to unleash their passion and write poetry that addresses approaches to achieving unity."

 

A panel of  judges will evaluate entries on the basis of theme interpretation, composition and originality.  Included on the panel are: Jed Allen, an instructor of creative writing at Phoenix College, Dwayne Hartford, a professional playwright with Childsplay Inc. in Tempe Arizona and Jean Moriki of the Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues.

 

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash award. Cash awards will also be given to 2nd place ($300) and 3rd place ($150) winners. All entrants will receive a "Certificate of Participation" and recognition will be given to those entries that placed first, second and third. Poems will also be published on the Phoenix Sister Cities Website.

 

An award ;ceremony to recognize the winners of the competition will be held the evening of  Friday, June 10, 2011 in downtown Phoenix. 

 

A table providing more details on contest requirements and an application form is posted on the Phoenix Sister Cities Website at http://www.phoenixsistercities.com.   For  questions about the contest, please e-mail MJ Trunzo at mjtrunzo@mindspring.com or call 602-224-0202.

 

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