La Plume Young Writers Contest accepting entries until June 10

The fifth annual La Plume Young Writers’ Contest is accepting applications from Miami-Dade students in grades 3-12.

Writers may submit their typed story on a theme of their choice relevant to their age and grade level. The Grand Prize winners will have their story published and receive $150 to $350, depending on the level. Top finishers — including first, second and third places — will be awarded cash prizes, special gifts and creative writing workshops.

Students will write their stories during the summer to be submitted by Aug. 22 for review by a panel of judges that include published writers, editors, actors, journalists, librarians, educators/professors, and other artists. Winners will be announced on Oct. 17. The award ceremony and booksigning will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19, presided over by a guest speaker from the literary world. The events is open free to the public.

La Plume contest was created by Miami Conservatory of Music, MCA Academy, and the Bookstore in the Grove in 2011 to encourage young writers to express themselves and to provide an opportunity for students to have their work evaluated professionally and published.

It is $10 to enter and requires parental permission. All details and online registration are on the La Plume website at The deadline to enter is June 10.

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