Thank you for your interest in the Young Authors 2012 writing competition. The submission period is now closed. Below you can find information on the Young Authors 2012 Awards Ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 7 at Columbia College Chicago.
This year’s Young Authors Awards Celebration 2012 will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012. You may bring parents, teachers, and friends to the Awards Ceremony. If you can come, RSVP to the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department at 312-369-7611 no later than Friday, March 30, 2012. Tell the receptionist how many guests you will bring, if you or your guests will participate in a writing workshop, and if you will read in the Open Mic. If you plan on reading in the Open Mic, select two pages from your contest entry OR two pages of other work to read — double-spaced, one-inch margins, please.
About 10 finalists will be named in each of three categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Playwriting. Finalists receive a certificate and a copy of Hair Trigger, the award-winning anthology of writing by students in the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department. First-, Second-, and Third-Place Winners will be named in each category and will win cash prizes of $200, $100, and $50 respectively.
If you are a contest finalist, you will be notified no later than Friday, March 23. This year, when we call or email the contest winners, you will be told that you are a “Placer” (1st, 2nd, or 3rd place) or an “Honorable Mention” (up to ten) in each of the three categories. If you do not receive a call by Friday, March 23, then your story did not make the final cut (and, if that is the case, and as any writer knows, you should send it to another contest or take a look at it, again, for places to rewrite — heighten, cut, expand).
Of course, even if your story is not chosen by our panel of judges, you can still participate in all of the events on April 7. You can start a new story or work on an existing one in a Writing Workshop, ask questions of published writers at our Publishing Panel, or read in the Open Mic. If you are interested in these events, you should reserve your space as soon as possible.
All finalists will be announced in press releases, which will be sent to high school principals and hometown newspapers (with photos where available).
All events begin at 1:00 PM, April 7, 2012, at Columbia College Chicago’s Stage 2, 618 S. Michigan Avenue.
Schedule of Events
12:00-1:00 PM Registration/Sign-Up for Writing Workshops and Open Mic reading
1:00-2:30 PM Story Workshop Writing Classes
2:30-3:00 PM Refreshments
3:00-3:30 PM Publishing Panel
3:30-3:45 PM Awards Ceremony
3:45-4:00 PM Readings by First-Place Award Winners in each category
4:00-5:30 PM Open Mic reading for any high school student entrants (arrive early to sign up—first-come, first-served) LIMIT: TWO DOUBLE-SPACED TYPEWRITTEN PAGES
All the day’s events are free.
We hope you plan on attending — whether or not you are a finalist. We understand that many young authors write in isolation. In some school districts, creative writing has been taken out of the curriculum. As writers ourselves, we know how important it is to share our work with peers, to make contacts with published writers, and to interact with other professionals.
Bring two pages to read in the Open Mic, ask questions of published writers during the Publishing Panel, begin a new story or work on an existing one in the Writing Workshop, and benefit from the challenge and inspiration that comes from hearing the work of other writers.
Story Workshop directors will teach this year’s workshops. Story Workshop semicircles have produced a National Book Award winner, a winner of Taiwan’s Million Yuan Literary Prize for the best novel in the Chinese-speaking world, and a Studs Terkel Award winner, in addition to legions of other published and award-winning writers. Come prepared to participate in a workshop, and see if you can talk your guests into participating, too. In past years, students, parents, and teachers have written together in an experience that is both serious and fun.
Come ready to read about two pages from your contest entry or new material on a first-come, first-served basis. The reading is not censored and our audience is always friendly.
Ask a question at the Publishing Panel. Want to ask a published writer how they did it? Here’s your chance.
Our campus is in the South Loop, at the south end of the city’s major downtown region, near the lakefront, Grant Park, and Buckingham Fountain. We are within walking distance of most CTA elevated/subway rail lines, shopping, restaurants, theaters, and hotels, about a mile from Chicago’s main Metra and Union rail stations. The city provides public transportation on the CTA Blue Line Elevated/Subway train from O’Hare Airport and on the CTA Orange Line Elevated/Subway train from Midway Airport to downtown Chicago. If you are driving, please be prepared to pay for parking in Chicago’s South Loop. Prices may range from $15 to $25.
Also, check our Web site — www.colum.edu/fiction — for additional information on the Columbia College Fiction Writing Department.
We Hope To See You At The Awards Ceremony!