Annual student writing contest begins

Deadline for submissions is March 31

Shawano Area Writers has launched its 11th annual George Putz Memorial Student Writing Contest with a call for entries.

Letters have been delivered to schools and home- schooled groups announcing the 2017 contest for students in Shawano and Menominee counties.

The contest deadline is March 31.

Students compete in three grade groups — grades 1-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12 — in the categories of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

Each entry must include an entry form, but students can compete as much as they want. There is no charge to enter.

The contest judges are chosen from outside Shawano and Menominee counties. Judges choose first, second, and third place winners in each category, and within each grade group. Each of the three winners in each age group receives cash prizes.

All winners, including honorable mentions, receive certificates of achievement at the awards ceremony held at the Mielke Arts Center.

Rules and entry forms are available on the Shawano Area Writers website,

Entries can be sent by email to or by mail to Shawano Area Writers, P.O. Box 657, Shawano, WI 54166.

Members are available to speak to students about the contest and writing in general. From the website, teachers can select members of the group to contact about visiting their school.