Dylan Days announces 2008 writing contest
Hibbing Arts Council 11/27/2007
HIBBING, Minn. (Nov. 27, 2007) - The Dylan Days committee is calling for new entries for the 2008 Dylan Days Creative Writing Contest. The contest will accept poetry, short stories and, new for this year, one-act plays. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2008 and instructions for entering online are at www.dylandays.com/writers.htm.
The poetry and short fiction categories return for 2008 with both an open division for all writers and a student division for anyone currently enrolled in high school or an undergraduate college or university. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in these categories with possible honorable mentions. Winners receive $100, $50 and $25 respectively and publication in the Dylan Days program and journal, "Talkin' Blues." All winners are invited to read their poems or stories at the Dylan Days Literary Showcase on May 24, 2008.
In the new one-act playwright competition, all playwrights enter one division with one winner selected. The winning play will be presented on stage during the 2008 Dylan Days Literary Showcase under the direction of award-winning Hibbing Community College theatre director Michael Ricci.
Playwrights only are asked to mail their entries to Ricci at HCC, 1515 E. 25th St., Hibbing, MN 55746. (Poems and stories must be submitted online).
The Dylan Days Creative Writing contest now enters its seventh year. Last year entries came from writers all over the globe, including all populated continents.
"We've grown a lot, but we still pride ourselves on being an excellent opportunity for up-and coming writers and students," said Aaron Brown, Dylan Days co-chair. "Many writers can claim Dylan Days as their first publication credit. We hope to provide a spark to the great writers and poets of the future."
Dylan Days, running May 22-25, 2008, is an annual event honoring Hibbing's famous son Bob Dylan and the arts community of the Iron Range. Features
include the writing contest and literary showcase, singer/songwriter contest, visual arts contests, youth talent shows, and live music throughout the long weekend. Special events for 2008 include the premiere of a Bob Dylan historical exhibit at Ironworld Discovery Center in nearby Chisholm that documents Dylan's years in Hibbing and the Iron Range's possible influence on his career. More details are available at www.dylandays.com
Dylan Days, presented by the nonprofit Hibbing Arts Council, is operated by a volunteer committee.
CONTACT: Aaron J. Brown, Dylan Days media coordinator
218-262-7213 (office) or 218-969-9663 (cell)
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