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Writers should get contest entries ready

Whidbey Island Writer’s Association announces its 2009 Spirit of Writing contest.

Writers 18 and older may participate in its 11th annual contest. Submit manuscripts in any of the following categories: Poetry, Short Fiction, Nonfiction/Essay, Humor, Memoir or Children’s Literature.

Rules and entry forms are available online at spiritofwriting@writeonwhidbey.org, or at the Sno-Isle branch libraries in Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland, Langley and Clinton.

Manuscripts may be submitted in hard copy at any of the Whidbey Island branch libraries, or mailed to the WIWA office, P.O. Box 639, Freeland WA. 98249. Contest deadline is Oct. 13.

“The contest has become a popular event among full-time and part-time residents of Whidbey Island,” said Dottie Read, one of the organizers. “It is dedicated to encouraging writers at any experience level to take the next step.”

All manuscripts are returned, with judges’ comments. Soft-cover books of winning works are displayed at the Sno-Isle branch libraries, and winning authors are invited to participate in programs of literary readings at the libraries and other island venues.

This year’s grand prize winner will be invited to attend a full day’s session at the Whidbey Writer Workshop’s Master of Fine Arts residency program in January.

For more information, call the WIWA office, 360-331-6714, or visit writeonwhidbey.org. The Whidbey Island Writers Association is a program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

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