2020 Norgren and Witherington Contests for Youth Open to Submissions
October 15, 2019
TO: South Dakota English/Language Arts Teachers
FROM: Christine Stewart, South Dakota Poet Laureate and Professor of English, SDSU
South Dakota State University, the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, and the English Department are pleased to invite you to submit your students’ creative work to the 2020 Jerome Norgren Poetry Contest and the 2020 Paul Witherington Prose Contest.
Please take this opportunity to design a lesson that will result in an actual audience for student writing. Submit the work of an entire class or sponsor a few of your more “creative” students. Writers are often excited to enter contests in which they may win prize money, but I have witnessed writers even more thrilled to have their hard work recognized.
This year we are hosting a Celebration Reading on Saturday, April 4that 1:00 pm. At the Celebration Reading we honor the student writers whose work won a prize or an honorable mention as well as their teachers and families. We hope that a weekend time allows more families and teachers to travel to and from Brookings. A reception with refreshments will follow the reading of student work.
Eligible Writers: High school (9th-12th) and middle school (6th-8th) students enrolled in South Dakota schools.
- Paul Witherington Prose Contest: Short fiction or personal essay on any subject or style. Maximum length: 10 pages double-spaced.
- Jerome Norgren Poetry Contest: Any subject, any style.
- Writers must keep a copy of their submissions. Submissions will not be returned.
- First prize: High School - $100.00 / Middle School - $100.00
- Second prize: High School - $ 75.00 / Middle School - $ 75.00
- Third prize: High School - $ 50.00 / Middle School - $ 50.00
- Honorable mention: Up to five in each category
Prize-winning submissions will be published in a chapbook of Winning Writing.
1. A student may not submit more than three poems or three prose entries (six total).
2. Include a cover sheet with the following information:
- name of the contest
- title of work(s)
- student’s name and grade, and home address
- school’s name and address
- teacher’s first and last name
- teacher’s statement declaring that the student’s work is the student’s own.
3. The student’s name should not appear on the actual submission. We assign the entries numbers and read them blind. This facilitates that process.
Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked on or before February 1st, 2020. Send to:
P.O. Box 2218/ Pugsley Center 301
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
An email and postal letter will be sent to the teachers (or adult sponsors) to notify the students whose writing won a contest prize or honorable mention. This should happen by March 15th.
Please do not hesitate to email me if you have questions: email@example.com.
Building Access Directions
Celebration Reading on Saturday, April 4that 1:00 pm on the SDSU campus in Brookings.