Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Announcing...2008 Literary Contest

The Extraordinary Pencil
"Sponsors High School Literary Contest"

This is the second year that I have sponsored the literary contest at our local High School. The information was submitted to the students some time ago...with the contest closing before Thanksgiving. We did it earlier this year in order to avoid the end of the year activities. I would expect to be announcing the winners sometime in December and posting their poems and essays in January, along with a short biography about the author.

As before, High School students are ask to submit a Poem or Descriptive Essay, using one of my Pencil Drawings as their subject and inspiration. There are over fifty drawings on my website to choose from. The $100 in prize money will be divided between first, second, and third place winners.

My hopes are that through the writing process the student will develop a greater appreciation for fine art of all types, and learn to view an original drawing, a painting, or even a piece of sculpture with a questioning mind. Art always tells us a story. In fact I believe there are two stories to be told...the one that inspires the artist and the one that inspires the viewer.

I hope you will return to the "Young Authors" section of my blog often and read "the story behind" the image that inspired their poems and essays.

PS...make a "Point"...leave a comment.

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