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$150 in prizes in holiday writing contests

Sharpen your pencils and dust off your keyboards because The Baker County Press is sponsoring three holiday-themed writing contests this fall with $150 in prize money — $50 for each contest — up for grabs.

We’ll be publishing in the newspaper the top two or three entries in each age division and first place entries will receive the $50 prize.

The age divisions will be as follows: 13 and under, 14-18 and 19 and over. Details on three respective contests:

Halloween poetry contest: Halloween-themed poems consisting of no more than 1000 words must be received by October 20 and include the author’s name, age and contact phone number. We hope to record on video the winning author reading aloud his/her entry for posting to our website as well.

Thanksgiving essay contest: Essays of no more than 1000 words answering the question, “What are you thankful for this year?” must be received by November 15 and include the author’s name, age and contact phone number.

Christmas short story contest: Christmas-themed short stories of no more than 2000 words must be received by December 13 and include the author’s name, age and contact phone number.

All entries will be judged by the newspaper’s staff for creativity, completeness and entertainment value as well as grammar, spelling, punctuation and the like. Entries may be emailed to reporter@bakercountypress.com, by mail to P.O. Box 598, Macclenny, FL 32063, or hand delivered to our office at 104 S. 5th St. Mon-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

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