2017 Contest Open

The 2017 LA Writes youth writing contest is now open for all students in grades k-12 in Louisiana.  You may enter through a school or on your own.  Each entry must include a signed permission form sent by mail to Sara Sims.  The entry form is below and can be downloaded here: LA Writes! Entry Blank and Info 2017

Louisiana Writing Project

Louisiana Writes! Youth Writing Contest – 2017

 

Entry/ Release form

 

            Student’s Name _________________________________________________________

Title of entry ________________________________ Grade level _________________

Language: English     French          Category: Poetry   Fiction    Nonfiction

Teacher’s name ________________________E-mail _____________________________

School ___________________________________________________________________

School address ______________________ Principal ______________________________

City _______________________________, LA Zip ______________________________

Student’s Home mailing address _______________________________________________

City _________________________________, LA Zip _____________________________

Home phone number ___________________ e-mail address _________________________

Pledge of originality: I declare that the work I am submitting to the Louisiana Writes contest is my own original work. I understand that if I win I may be asked to submit an electronic copy of my writing in the fall of 2017.

Student’s signature ___________________________________________________________

Release form: I hereby grant to the Louisiana Writing Project the nonexclusive right and permission in respect of the original writing I have submitted to the Louisiana Writes contest, to use, publish, and otherwise reproduce this work and to use my child’s name to identify the author of this work in connection with my participation in the Louisiana Writes Contest.  I understand that any use of this submitted work will include my child’s name as its creator.  In any of the winning categories, the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.

 

I, _________________________________, being the parent or guardian of the above-named minor, hereby consent to and join in the foregoing release and consent on behalf of said minor.

Note: Winners may be asked to submit a copy via e-mail in September of 2017. Authors and teachers should save a personal copy electronically enabling this submission.

 

 

Louisiana Writes! Young Writer’s Contest

Louisiana Writing Project

Sara S. Touchard, Contest Chairman

P O Box 3468, Paradis, LA 70080

sstouchard@gmail.com

 

 

 

Louisiana Writes:

         Youth Writing Contest – 2017

 

Sponsor: Louisiana Writing Project

Competition is open to all Louisiana students.

 

Junior Division:

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction (750 word limit)

Poetry: French or English up to 3 poems (max. 100 lines total) entered separately

 

Medals awarded in each English category in each of the three grade level divisions:

K-2nd grade,              3rd-4th grade,                  5th -6th grade

Medals awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division.

K – 3rd grade                     4th – 6th grade

 

Senior Division:

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction (1500 word limit)

Poetry: French or English up to 3 poems (max. 100 lines total) entered on separate forms

 

Medals awarded in each English category in each of the three grade level divisions:

7th-8th grades,             9th-10th grades,           11th-12th grades

 

Medals awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division.

7th – 12th Grades

Prizes will be awarded when possible to all Senior Division winners.

 

Deadline for entry: May 15, 2017

 

  • Notification of winners by September 1, 2017
  • Entries must include an entry form with signed permission for publication.  In order for judging to remain anonymous, please do not put the author’s name on the entry.
  • Staple entry form to entry back to back.
  • Winners may be asked to submit a copy via e-mail in September of 2017. Author should save a personal copy electronically enabling this submission.
  • Winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the winning authors will be invited to an event during the Louisiana Festival of the Book.
  • In any of the winning categories the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.
  • Students may enter writings in all categories within their age group.

 

Send entries to:

Louisiana Writes! Young Writer’s Contest

Louisiana Writing Project

Sara S. Touchard, Contest Chairman

P O Box 3468, Paradis, LA 70080

sstouchard@gmail.com.

LA Writes! Entry Blank and Info 2017

Writing Workshop with Margaret Wrinkle

Margaret Wrinkle

Margaret Wrinkle

On April 2nd, Margaret Wrinkle will present a short talk about her book, Wash, along with a writing workshop for writers in Acadiana at 2:00 PM at the Cecil J. Picard Center, 200 E. Devalcourt St., Lafayette, Louisiana.

I have a feeling that Margaret Wrinkle’s writing style will translate into a deep soulful writing workshop.  Please make plans to attend.

 

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“In this luminous and spirited debut, Margaret Wrinkle takes us on an unforgettable journey across continents and through time, from the burgeoning American South back to West Africa and deep into ancestral stories that reside in the soul.”

“Questioning all differences of blood and belief, erasing even the line between living and the dead, Wash sheds new light on our current racial landscape.”

Artist Statement:

“I was compelled to do this work as a way of reckoning with my own legacy of having slaveholding ancestors, and I have been guided throughout by Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that descendants of former slaves and former slave owners might one day be able to gather at a table of brotherhood.  It is my belief, after growing up in Birmingham and working toward racial reconciliation for years, that many of our current racial dilemmas can be traced back to the patterns laid down during hundreds of years of slavery, and that the only way to free ourselves from the effects of our shared past is to explore it with honesty and compassion.” Margaret Wrinkle

Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, educator, and visual artist.  Her award-winning documentary broken \ ground (about a racial divide in her hometown of Birmingham, AL) was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and was a winner of the Council on Foundations Film Festival.

 

 

Louisiana Book Festival

The awards ceremony for the 2016 LA Writes winners will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 9:00 AM in the meeting room of the State Museum. The State Museum is located at 660 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge. You may park in the parking garage located at 521 3rd St. near the Mississippi River.

For more information, go to Louisiana Book Festival home page.

2016 Winners Announced

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The 2016 winners of Louisiana Writes are here! A personal letter is in the mail and should arrive soon. Please make every effort to attend the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at the State Museum in Baton Rouge for the Louisiana Book Festival.

LA Writes 2016 Winners

K-2 Non-Fiction
1st Place
Jillian Kennedy A No Present for my Family

2nd Place
Alissa Brooks The Best Summer of Fun

3rd Place
Sonja Albert My Cousin Elly

5th – 6th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Eleanor Guichet The Contest

2nd Place
Taylor Navarro A Cat

3rd Place
Owen Moseley Bumps in the Night

7th – 8th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Rachael Hovis Braces Be Gone

2nd Place
Kaitlyn Thompson Spider

3rd Place
Elizabeth Tew Lights

9th – 10th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Gustave Tobias Berries

2nd Place
Emily Trinh Mirror, Mirror

3rd Place
Emily Trinh Funerals, Family, and Fish

11th-12th Non-Fiction
1st Place
Emaje Vinnett Minding Grandma

2nd Place
Savannah Whitney Satisfaction

3rd Place
Gavie deBruler Anticipation

K-2 Fiction
1st Place
Beckham Lien Video Game Overload

2nd Place
Smaran Tamidela Cliff Fall Survival

3rd Place
Savannah Thompson A Trip to New York

3rd – 4th Fiction
1st Place
Keiffer Ary The Battle of Calysis

2nd Place
Sienna Ewing The Mystery of the Missing Basket

3rd Place
Jai Reed The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Last Day of Summer

5th – 6th Fiction
1st Place
Sisira Holbrook The Pain of War

2nd Place
Caroline Laderer The Case of Mistaken Identity

3rd Place
Lilly LaFleur The Creations of Penelope Smiller

7th – 8th Fiction
1st Place
Shelby Easley Designated Driver

2nd Place
Elizabeth Tew Silent Noise

3rd Place
Nicco Turillo The Game

9th – 10th Fiction
1st Place
Jones Smith The City of the Crocodile

2nd Place
David Broussard All Part of the Job

3rd Place
Jacob Camden A Stranger on a Rooftop

11th – 12th Fiction
1st Place
Julian Reidenauer Strings

2nd Place
Kindall Gant Postcards Bought at a Gas Station

K – 2 Poetry
1st Place
Madison Overlund Reef for All

2nd Place
Jacob Bonin Insect Riddle Poem

3rd Place
Matthew McWilliams Icy I See

3rd – 4th Poetry
1st Place
Erin Reaux Silence Is Too Loud

2nd Place
Lainey Connell Tonight I Touch the Stars

3rd Place
Erin Reaux How Long Creativity Takes

5th – 6th Poetry
1st Place
Elena Alvarando This Is Me

2nd Place
Ian Allam Silence

3rd Place
Ender Ryan Ma Patrie

7th – 8th Poetry
1st Place
Rangasri Narayanamoorthy Time Is Running Out

2nd Place
Brynn Beatty Looking Through the Room

3rd Place
Jackson Davis 13 Ways to Look at a Drum

9th – 10th Poetry
1st Place
Henry Wietfeldt Off Court

2nd Place
Jones Smith Reflections on the Apocalypse while in a Bodega

3rd Place
Grace Walker I’m Made of Receipts

11th – 12th Poetry
1st Place
Taylor Crayton Lawdy Mama

2nd Place
Sophie Evans Izabel’s Song

3rd Place
Laurie Roark Teeth

K – 6 Junior French Fiction
1st Place
Bella Frederick La Fille dans la Lune

2nd Place
Ella Cormier Portrait de Sorsiere

K – 6 junior French Poetry
1st Place
Tallulah Belle Grivet Tallulah

2nd Place
Rapaelle Chang-Fong La Tour Eiffel

7th – 12th Senior French Non-Fiction
1st Place
Margot Frost Dans Mon Ecole, on Sauve Les Tortues

2016 Contest Open

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Entries for the 2016 LA Writes Contest are now being accepted. Students must attend a school, or homeschool, in Louisiana. Please spread the word. This year the LA Writes contest will no longer award gift cards. Student winners will be recognized at a ceremony at The Louisiana Book Festival as well as receive a medal and certificate from the governor. If you are interested in supporting the anthology printing and mailing, please click on the side bar to donate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation.

Contest Guidelines:

Louisiana Writes:
Youth Writing Contest – 2016

Competition is open to all Louisiana students in grades K-12.

Prose: French or English Fiction or Nonfiction
• K-6th grades: 750 word limit
• 7th-12th grades: 1500 word limit
Poetry: (up to 3 poems, max. 100 lines) French or English

Medals and certificates awarded in each English category in each of the six grade-level divisions:
K-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th -6th grades, 7th -8th grades, 9th -10th grades, 11th-12th grades
Medals and certificates awarded in each French category will be for all grade levels within the division:
Junior Division: K – 6th grades Senior Division: 7th-12th grades

Deadline for entry: May 15, 2016

• Notification of winners by September 1, 2016
• Entries must include an entry form with signed permission for publication. In order for judging to remain anonymous, please do not put the author’s name on the entry. Staple back to back.
• Email submissions are not accepted at this time.
• Winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the winning authors will be invited to an event during the Louisiana Festival of the Book.
• In any of the winning categories the Louisiana Writing Project maintains the right to declare no winner and withhold prizes if no work of merit is found.
• Students may enter writings in all categories within their age group.

Send entries to:
LA Writes Contest
Margaret Simon
# 3 Duperier Oaks
New Iberia, LA. 70563
E-mail: lawpwrites@yahoo.com (Do not email submissions)

Submission form:
2016LAwritesentryandflyer

2015 Winners Announced!

The author judges have completed the second round of judging.  The results are in, and the winners have been notified by mail.  Each winner will be recognized at the Louisiana Book Festival on Oct. 31st at 9:00 AM at the State Museum.  The contest is supported by volunteers and private donations.  Please consider making a donation to the contest.  If you donate $25 or more, you will receive an anthology of winners which includes a teachers’ guide.  To make a donation, click here. 

 

K-2nd Non-Fiction

First Place

Jacob Bonin

Principal’s Office

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary, New Iberia

Second Place

Tristin Eaton

My Hero

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands

Third Place

Corinn Witt

Cajun Dancing at the Zoo

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands

 

3rd – 4th Non-Fiction

First Place

Liam Majeau

Life of Fire

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

Second Place

Bradly Hubbard

What Causes Flooding in Louisiana

St. Rose Elementary, St. Rose

Third Place

Connor Finnell

Why Shark Attack

St. Rose Elementary, St. Rose

 

5th – 6th Non-Fiction

First Place

Jacob Carter

First Deer

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Second Place

Leeann Hovix

I Miss You

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Sedne Gard

The Truth

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

7th – 8th Non-Fiction

First Place

Madisyn Arnold

Trips to Texas

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Second Place

Judah Wolf

Scuba Diving in Destin

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Mega Hamilton

The Princess Dinner

Homeschoolded, Lafayette

 

9th – 10th Non-Fiction

First Place

Joel Thompson

A Memoriam for Poppa

Homeschoolded, Lafayette

Second Place

Camryn Mikesell

Glorieta or Bust

Hahnville High School, Boutte

 

Third Place

Cameron Matthews

Catastrophe in New Orleans

Hahnville High School, Boutte

 

11th – 12th Non-Fiction

First Place

Savannah Whitney

Spotlight

Hahnville High School, Boutte

Second Place

Haylie Werger

The Best Advice

Lafayette High School, Lafayette

Third Place

Luther Pryor

Not the Average Teenager

Lafayette High School, Lafayette

 

K – 2nd Poetry

First Place

Jacob Bonin

Two Penguins

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary, New Iberia

Second Place

Ianna St.Julien

The Pirate

Galvez Primary School, Prairieville

Third Place

Aubrie Frickey

Ladybugs

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands,

Third Place

Skeye Spears

Flowers

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands,

 

3rd – 4th Poetry

First Place

Olivia Faul

Listen, Noise

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

Second Place

Anabel Saft

Just not Ready to Believe

Woodvale Elementary, Lafayette

Third Place

Sammy Perez

Shy

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, New Orleans

 

5th – 6th Poetry

First Place

Vannisa Souriyavong

Sometimes in my Kitchen

Jefferson Island Rd. Elementary, New Iberia

Second Place

Diavian Ceaser

Nobody Knows It

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Holden Harrell

The Dream

Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Rose

 

7th – 8th Poetry

First Place

Taylor Keller

I Am from the World

R.K.Smith Middle School, Luling

Second Place

Allison Lee

Pilot

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Third Place

Julia Simon

Midnight

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

9th – 10th Poetry

First Place

Kindall Gant

Undeveloped

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Ezekiel Martin

After my Death

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Third Place

Lukus Koelbel

When the Flames Die Down

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

11th – 12th Poetry

First Place

Lauren Heffker

Where I’m From

Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville

Second Place

Jasmine J’nae Johnson

To My Sister

Port Allen High School, Port Allen

Third Place

Maria Lew

Sunflower

Northshore High School, Slidell

 

K – 2nd Fiction

First Place

Ella Munaco

Pumpkin and a Halloween Bat

St Rose Elementary School, St. Rose

Second Place

Saniya Abbas

Cat and Mouse

St Rose Elementary School, St. Rose

Third Place

Tristin Eaton

I’m the Only One different

Allemands Elementary, Des Allemands

 

3rd – 4th Fiction

First Place

Bradly Hubbard

The Wolf

St Rose Elementary School, St. Rose

Second Place

Elena Alvarado

The Chameleon’s Colors

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

Third Place

Briley Herpin

Why Elephants Are Fat

Episcopal School of Acadiana, Lafayette

 

5th – 6th Fiction

First Place

Georgia Christie

Problems on Honor Roll

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Sean Simoneaux

Break Free

Harry Hurst Middle School, Destrehan

Third Place

Sidne Gard

The Mayo Jar

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

7th – 8th Fiction

First Place

Poet Wolfe

Palorid

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Angelina Wood

Changing of the Rain Dragon

Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Rose

Third Place

Allison Lee

Swings

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

9th – 10th Fiction

First Place

Sophie Evans

Requiem

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Second Place

Alexandra Gulden

Rosa

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Third Place

Jones Smith

Welcome, Valued Employees

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

 

11th – 12th Fiction

First Place

Abbigail Marrs

The Blind Date

Destrehan High School, Destrehan

Second Place

Brittany Schaubhut

The Canterbury Orchestra

Hahnville High School, Boutte

Third Place

Olivia Russell

Wind Weaver

Destrehan High School, Destrehan

 

Junior Division French Poetry

First Place

Isabella Anderson

La Fleur de la mer

Myrtle Place Elementary, Lafayette

 

Junior Division French Non-Fiction

First Place

Tallulah Grivet

La vie de mon papa

Stephensville Elementary School, Morgan City

 

Senior Division French Poetry

First Place

Anne-Elyse Pitre

A New York

St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Lafayette

Second Place

Margot Frost

L’intensite d’une Finale…

Baton Rouge International School, Baton Rouge

 

Senior Division French Non-Fiction

First Place

Margot Frost

Une Journee dans ….

Baton Rouge International School, Baton Rouge

 

 

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Kaylie reads "Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple."

Kaylie reads “Ten Ways of Looking at a Glass Apple.”

 

Louisiana Writes! is a nonprofit contest that operates through dedicated volunteers and generous donations. Please consider making a tax deductible donation through the UL Foundation.  Your donation will support the further vitality of this worthy contest that not only awards student writing, but also encourages the teaching of creative writing in our schools.  The sponsorship levels are listed below.

 

Sponsorship Levels:

Donor$500+

Donor receives acknowledgement & logo in all media releases and anthology as well as a copy of anthology.

Prize $100+

Donor receives acknowledgment in and copy of anthology.

Friend$ 25+

Donor receives a copy of anthology.

 

 

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