Orinda Junior Women’s Club Announces Youth Ink

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Graphic by FRANK RAMSPOTT
The prompt for Youth Ink 2019, “It Matters,” gives young writers the chance to explore the different paths one can take and the opportunities to make an impact.

    The Orinda Junior Women’s Club (Orinda Juniors) is delighted to announce details for Youth Ink 2019, the annual creative writing contest open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who live in or attend school in Orinda. This year’s prompt is “It Matters,” a theme that provides young writers with a general purpose, while offering boundless opportunity to personalize a writing creation based upon its conceptual notion. There is no limit to the imagination, and entrants do not have to adhere to the prompt. The goal is for students to have fun and enjoy the creative writing process.
    Entrants have the opportunity to win impressive prizes of $250 for first place, $125 for second place, $75 for third place and gift certificates for 10 honorable mentions. A panel of area writers, including professional reporters and best-selling novelists, will serve as contest judges to evaluate submissions and select this year’s winners. Awards will be presented at a ceremony in late April in Orinda. The public is welcome to attend.
    Youth Ink 2019 submissions will be accepted via email from Dec. 3, 2018 until Feb. 15, 2019 in order to be considered for an award. Full entry details are on the submission forms, available through Orinda Intermediate School and several local private middle schools, the Orinda Public Library, and online at www.orindajuniors.org.
    Orinda Juniors, a local nonprofit service organization, supports a variety of organizations in the greater East Bay, including the Orinda Senior Village, STAND! Against Domestic Violence, the Oakland Children’s Hospital Family House, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Habitat and others. Those interested in becoming an Orinda Juniors member or donating to the nonprofit to benefit its many ongoing service initiatives, can email info@orindajuniors.org.

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