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14th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition: Call for young writers

14th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition: Call for Young Writers!

Crooked Tree Arts Center, in conjunction with the Petoskey News-Review, the Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, and McLean and Eakin Booksellers, is hosting the 14thAnnual Young Writers Juried Exposition.

Elementary, middle and high school writers who attend schools served by the Char-Em ISD (or home school students in Charlevoix or Emmet counties) are invited to submit one work of poetry, prose, or one of both.

Winning poetry and prose pieces for each leve—elementary, middle and high school—will be published in the Petoskey News-Review on Friday May 6.

On May 7, the Young Writers Expo awards will be presented at Crooked Tree Arts Center from 2–4 p.m.

All winners receive a medal, journal, and McLean and Eakin Booksellers gift card.

Middle and high school winners in both poetry and prose receive monetary prizes as well: 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $75, and 3rdplace – $50.

All winning authors will have an opportunity to read their work publicly at the awards ceremony.

As an added treat, guests can enjoy the Youth Arts Festival’s Culinary Arts Showcase from 1–3 p.m., where students from the Petoskey Culinary Arts program will create and serve refreshments.

“Last year we reached our highest submission count since the beginning of the Young Writers Expo in 2003,” says Alex Dailey, coordinator for the event. “The high number of entries is no doubt due to community collaboration.”

She added, “By working together, CTAC, the Petoskey News-Review, McLean and Eakin Booksellers, and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, are able to reach more students and families, continuing to nurture and support the area’s young writers. We believe submissions will be just as high this year.”

All Char-Em ISD area teachers are invited to submit their students’ work to the competition.

All work must be submitted by a parent or teacher online through Crooked Tree’s website,, beginning at 9 a.m. onTuesday, April 12 through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20.

The Young Writers Juried Exposition and Culinary Arts Showcase are generously supported by the Kroeger-Mainland Family Fund of Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.

For writing requirements and more details about the Young Writers Juried Exposition, please visit or contact Alex Dailey at Crooked Tree Arts Center, 231 347-4337 or email

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