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The Sullivan County Council on the Arts (SCCA) is an umbrella organization working to foster and preserve the artistic and cultural lives of the residents of Sullivan County, a rural community of small towns, hemlock forests and serenity in the heart of the Endless Mountains.For a pdf copy of our 2016 brochure, click here.
For an SCCA membership form, click here.
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Arts Council Literary Contest to Run Through March
As the SCCA Literary Awards slip into their seventh year, the Arts Council, heeding the advice of our high school English teachers, has turned the contest into an almost year-long program.
In former years, it ran only during the spring months of the school year, which on occasion brought it into conflict with the school's testing schedule.
For 2016-17, by contrast, the program is starting in October and will continue through mid-March. The English teachers have been provided with humorous posters to catch student attention (and from word received so far, it's working) plus guideline sheets that provide the contest's rather minimal rules - basically, no profanity or obscenity.
The contest is open not only to students in the Sullivan County High School, but also to home schoolers and private schoolers who reside in the county: Indeed, several past winners have come from these areas. The four top winners will receive cash prizes.
Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are eligible for entry (with the Nobel Prize in Literature being awarded to Bob Dylan, song lyrics are also fair game). Writing done for the high school student newspaper is eligible as well. All students will be judged on the total body of work submitted, be it a single story or a collection of poetry, stories or articles.
The Arts Council asks that the number of entries per student be limited to four, but in the past this limitation has been waved when contest moderator Linda White was flooded with top-draw material.
Linda emphasizes, as always, that the judges will be looking for highly creative work - what's vital to the author and interesting to the reader, not just "what's expected." With more time to develop their ideas, and with more time for the teachers to promote the contest, she feels that the Arts Council should end up with especially resplendent material.
Work may be entered at any time, starting immediately, but will not be judged until the close of the contest, March 15. Students in the district, home schoolers and private schoolers may email material to firstname.lastname@example.org. Though print or hand-written material will also be accepted, it's easier on the eyes and typing fingers of the contest administrators to receive digital files.
Entries will be judged anonymously, but authors, please, include your name and contact information on your material.
Winners and runners-up will be published in the
Arts Council's Hills and Valleys
magazine, which will also highlight the winners of the Youth Art Award for