Entries needed for writing contest

October 1, 2012

The Sedalia Senior Center is hosting its annual fall creative writing contest. Entries may be brought or mailed to the center and must be received by 2 p.m. Oct. 10.

Ten categories exist this year. Personal essays may be written about any topic. Childhood memoirs may include anything except one-room schoolhouses.

Fiction categories are short fiction with choice of genre, children’s fiction, short story using three or more of the words rainbow, lovesick, elephant, yellow house, daisy or warning signs, and fiction short story using the first line “The door was locked, but...”

Poetry may be rhymed or unrhymed but must have the form choice listed on the poem. Couplet form poems must contain a minimum of four stanzas. The categories of haiku and limerick are to be in traditional format.

To ensure impartial judging, the author’s name must not appear on the manuscript. Name, address, phone number, category and title of entry must be on the cover sheet clipped to the front of each entry.

Detailed copies of categories and guidelines are available at the Sedalia Senior Center and Sedalia libraries.

Certificates are awarded to winners.