TIWF holds first annual Storefront Writing Contest

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If you’re looking for a way to flex your creative muscles, than the Thousand Islands Storefront Writing contest may be for you. Organized and facilitated by Writer’s Ink and the 1000 Islands Writers Festival, this first time event welcomes writers of all ages and levels to express their creativity and network with fellow enthusiasts.

The contest pairs two individuals together to create a short story of approximately 2,000 words receive the same prompt/theme/first line, selected by the organizers on the day of the contest, and will draw the location where they’ll be writing from a hat.

The concept for the contest, says one of its organizers, local author Melanie Robertson-King of Writer’s Ink, was inspired by an article she stumbled on regarding the ‘Writing Sweatshop’, an annual short-story competition held in Bruton, England. Intrigued by the Sweatshop’s success, Robertson-King quickly enlisted the help of her friend and fellow Ink member, author Dorothy Bush, to re-vamp the initiative and present to the Writer’s Festival committee.

“We thought this sounded like something that would be fun, and hopefully bring people out and possibly encourage them to join our group,” said Robertson-King, adding that organizers are hoping to attract 20 participants to the contest.

“This is also a great way to get feedback on your writing and try something new, even if people aren’t interested in joining a writing group, it’s a good way to meet people and a fun way to spend a Saturday. “

Entries can be produced by pen or laptop. Laptop users are asked to bring a memory device to download from and should include the participant’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. The entry fee is $5.

The deadline for entries is Friday August 19th, 2011. Drop off is at Leeds County Books, 73 King St. W., Brockville or mail to Thousand Islands Writers Festival, 13 Duke St, Brockville, Ontario K6V 3J2.

Participants meet at the Brockville Library at 9:30 a.m., on contest morning, Saturday, August 27th,  to register. Writers will proceed to their chosen sites to begin writing at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Completed work will be turned in at the Grindstone Tapas Lounge with a post-contest social hour.

Further details may be found at www.tiwfestival.org.

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