Carnegie Mellon Press Release: October 29, 2003
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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
October 29, 2003

Carnegie Mellon Seeking Entries For Martin Luther King Writing Awards

PITTSBURGH—The Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University is pleased to sponsor the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards for Pittsburgh-area high school students and Carnegie Mellon students.

Each year, the Creative Writing Program seeks to honor the life of the slain civil rights leader by inviting students to submit original works of prose or poetry that express their individual experiences with issues of race and discrimination or their personal reflections on race. Awards will be given in two categories: prose (fiction and nonfiction, 5,000 word limit) and poetry. Prizes are $100, $50 and $25 for first, second and third places in each category. Entries by high school students and Carnegie Mellon students will be judged separately.

On Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the winners will be invited to read their work at Carnegie Mellon and receive their awards. Faculty, families, friends and other students also are invited to attend the reading and awards ceremony. The writing awards ceremony has been one of the highlights of the university's day-long celebration of King's life.

The deadline for entries is Friday, December 5. All entries should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the title of the work submitted, the category, the student's name, school, address and email address or phone number. Entries should be sent to:

Jim Daniels
English Department
Baker Hall 259
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
or via email to:

Please call 412-268-2842 with any questions.


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