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Writers in the Mountains (WIM) is presenting a unique essay-writing contest for middle and high school students throughout Delaware County.

WIM has chosen the upcoming presidential election as a springboard to inspire young people to write about government and democracy. This is strictly non-partisan effort. WIM doesn’t represent or support any political philosophy. The group’s only interest is to animate creativity in young people by sparking their interest in democracy as a vehicle for written expression.

Middle school students and high school students will compete separately. The topic for Middle School students is: “Is Voting important?” The first-place winner at the Middle School level will receive an award of $50. The second-place winner will receive an award of $25. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle.

The topic for High School students is: “What Does Democracy Mean in Your life?”
The first-place winner at the high school level will receive an award of $75. The second-place winner will receive an award of $50. Certificates of “Honorable Mention” will be awarded to writers with good essays that didn’t quite make it to the winner’s circle.

We are looking for original student essays. WIM Board members will judge this contest and will look for strength of thought and content over considerations of spelling and punctuation.

All entries must be postmarked or submitted by e-mail by November 9. Please mail essays to WIM, PO Box 474, Roxbury, N.Y. or submit electronically to writersinthe mountains @gmail.com. WIM will announce all winners by November 30.

WIM is grateful to Nate Friedman who is sponsoring this contest in memory of his beloved wife, Matilda Friedman.

For contest information and rules, contact your English teacher, or Beth McGuire, WIM’s contest coordinator at 607 746-3914 or via e-mail at elizabetha@catskill.net or visit our writersinthtemountains.org.