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Pioneer Library System announces Big Read writing contest

High school and college students living in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties are eligible to enter a Big Read short story writing contest that will earn winners a chance to meet author Tobias Wolff.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: November 17, 2012

The Pioneer Library System is sponsoring a short story writing contest inspired by and modeled after the novel “Old School” by Tobias Wolff, the 2013 Big Read featured selection.

In the coming-of-age novel set in 1962 at a private boarding school, students compete for the honor of meeting visiting authors by entering a writing contest. The guest author selects the winning entry and gives the student a private critique.

In the 2013 version of the contest, local student authors can compete for the honor of meeting Wolff when he visits Oklahoma in April to celebrate the conclusion of the Big Read event, a community reading project.

Original, unpublished short stories of no more than 1,500 words, written by students residing in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties are eligible to enter. Entries must be submitted to no later than 11:59 p.m. March 15.

Entries will be judged in two categories, one for high school students in grades nine through 12 and another for college students. All entrants must live in the tri-county area served by the Pioneer Library System.

A panel of professional writers will pick finalists in each category, with the winning entry in each category selected by Wolff.

Winners will be announced at a Big Read discussion April 10 in Old Science Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus. Winners and their guests will be invited to a reception April 24 in honor of Wolff.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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