National University Calls for Entries to 15th Annual Young Writers Competition

  • This year’s theme is “Somewhere in Time”
  • Local writers, grades 4 through 12, will be ranked in three age categories
  • Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 30, 2012

FRESNO, CALIF.National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States, is soliciting poetry submissions from students from Fresno-area schools for the 15th Annual Young Writers Competition. This year’s theme is “Somewhere in Time” and the deadline for submissions is Monday, April 30, 2012.

Interested writers should submit one poem based on the following topics:

  • A notable time in history, the writer’s family’s history, or the writer’s future;
  • A joyful or challenging time in the writer’s life.

Writers will be ranked in three categories, including 4th through 6th graders, 7th and 8th graders, and 9th through 12th graders. The judges will accept poetry of all lengths, and entries are limited to one per student. Poems will be judged on their creativity, originality, treatment of the topic, and ability to use language and poetic devices to “move” the reader in some way.

Each submission must include the contestant’s name, grade level, school, teacher, and parent/teacher or contestant contact number. All participants will be awarded a certificate for entering the competition, and cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners.

The presentation of awards will take place on Friday, May 18, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. at National University’s Fresno campus.

Poetry submissions may be mailed with the required information to Dr. Vicki Martineau, Young Writers Competition, National University, 20 East River Park Place West, Fresno, CA 93720-1531. Or they may be e-mailed with the subject line “Young Writers Competition” to [email protected] or [email protected]. For additional questions, please call (559) 256-4969 or (559) 256-4942.

Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the 12th-largest in the United States. With 22,000 full-time students and 230,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering, Technology and Media; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer 75 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation. A leader in online education, National University offers more than 70 degree programs via the Internet. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit

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