The Two Rivers Arts Council (TRAC), a regional arts agency, has concluded the 22nd Tales from Two Rivers senior citizen writing competition. Winners of the competition may be included in Volume VII of the Tales from Two Rivers books, which is scheduled for publication in late 2006. For those who are not familiar with the books, there are six in the series and each one contains true life stories written by folks 60 years of age or older about their true-life experiences in Illinois.
The competition was open to all Illinois residents 60 years of age and older. Suggested length of the stories was from 500-1500 words. All stories were original and was a personal life experience of the author. All stories happened in Illinois and have not been previously published. Fictional stories were not eligible for prizes.
The deadline for the contest was March 31, 2006, and the categories were as follows:
The stories submitted during the contest are currently being read by a Reading Committee and winners will be chosen in June, 2006. Nearly 200 stories were received and each writer received a copy of Tales of Two Rivers Version VI as an expression of appreciation by Two Rivers Arts Council.
Winners will receive cash prices: two First Prizes of $100, two Second Prizes of $50, two Third Prizes of $25, ten Fourth Prizes of $10 and ten Honorable Mention Certificates.
Over 3,300 stories that record the history of Illinois have been written and evaluated during the program’s 22 years. TRAC Board members and regional humanists serve as jurors.
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