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Wednesday, September 29, 1999

UTD sponsors writing contest

Texas high school students can compete for college scholarships in a writing contest being sponsored by The University of Texas at Dallas and two writer's groups.

The competition, dubbed the "Lone Star Writing Scholarships 2000," will award full scholarship to U.T. Dallas to students who submit the best poem, essay and work of fiction.

In addition to UTD, the contest is sponsored by two organizations of writers, PEN Texas and the Writer's Garret.

The Temple, Executive Director of the Writer's Garret, called the contest a "great opportunity for students and schools to remember that reading and writing are not just tools for getting through TAAS, but fun and rewarding activities. We are excited to have the opportunity to publish good writing by aspiring young Texas writers. If seeing a fellow student in print encourages even one more serious reader or writer, we've done our job."

The contest is open to Texas high school students nominated by their school or home-school association. Each school or association may nominate up to three students for the contest _ one in each of the competition categories of poetry, essay and fiction.

Nominated students must submit to UTD up to 50 lines of poetry or up to a 1,000-word sample of their best work in the category of fiction or essay, along with a letter from a teacher or administrator certifying that it is the student's original work. The sample must be mailed with a postmark no later than Jan. 10, 2000 to Dr. Redman at UTD, School of Arts and Humanities, JO 31, Richardson, Tx. 75083-0688.

Semifinalists will then be selected and invited to participate in a two-hour writing contest to be administered on the UTD campus over the weekend of March 18-19, 2000. Students will be asked to write on an assigned topic in the category they entered.

Throughout the two days, students and their parents may participate in a variety of activities, including a reception, a brunch, a concert, a lecture and a tour of the university. Contest winners will be announced at that time.

Six judges from the three sponsoring organizations will select a winner in each category, each of whom will be awarded a four-year full-tuition and fees Academic Distinction Scholarship from UTD. Winners must meet the admission standards of UTD upon matriculation and meet the grade-point requirements for renewal of the scholarship.

Work by the scholarship winners will be published in a literary journal produced by the Writer's Garret and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

PEN Texas is an affiliate of PEN West, one of the two national chapters of PEN, the international writers' organization. The group takes its name from three forms of creative writing _ poetry, essay and novel.

PEN Texas also sponsors a separate annual writing competition for Texas writers in the same three categories as the student contest. The winners of that competition will be announced March 19, 2000.

The Writer's Garret is the only literary center in North Dallas dedicated to putting writers and audiences in touch with quality literature, each other and the communities in which they live and write.

For additional information abut Lone Star Writing Scholarships 2000, contact Dr. Redman by telephone at 972-883-2775 or e-mail at Or, contact Janet McIntosh, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, Writer's Garret, at 214-828-1715 or

GED classes scheduled

GED classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 4, at the Carver school.

Registration will be held that same evening and classes are open to anyone 17 years of age and over that would like to obtain their GED diploma.

The classes are free of charge and co-sponsored by Odessa College and the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

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