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Maine Community College System

News Release
Writing Contest with Kings, Russo Accepting Entries Starting Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Oct. 1, 2004
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mccs.me.edu

Augusta, Maine — Starting today, October 1st, the Maine Community College System (MCCS) will start accepting submissions by high school juniors for a writing contest being judged by celebrated authors Stephen and Tabitha King and Richard Russo.

"A Journey Into Writing" was announced last spring by Governor John Baldacci and the three authors as a way to encourage creativity and inspire young writers to develop their craft. The contest is sponsored by the MCCS, in partnership with the Maine Sunday Telegram, MaineToday.com, Central Maine Power Company, and U.S. Cellular.

All writing entries must be submitted electronically via the MCCS Web site. The contest rules and entry form are available online at: http://writing.mccs.me.edu. Entries will be accepted between October 1st and December 1st, 2004.

Over 16,000 Maine high school juniors are eligible to submit and original poem, short story or essay, up to 1,500 words in length. Up to 25 semi-finalists will be selected by the Maine Community College System for final review by the three authors. Each of the authors will select a winner.

The three winners will be announced next May and be honored as the Governor's "Young Writer of the Year." The winners will receive a check for $2,500: the semi-finalists will receive $100. The Maine Sunday Telegram and MaineToday.com will announce the semi-finalists and finalists in the spring, and post the students' writings on MaineToday.com.

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