TRURO – The creative writings of Colchester County teenagers will be showcased in an annual literary contest.
The Ada Mingo Memorial Teen Writing Awards, in its eighth year, will again be handed out to local youth. Teenagers have until March 22 to submit poetry or prose with a maximum of 500 words. There are two age categories: ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 19 and the top three submissions will be awarded. First place earns $100, second place receives $50 and third place will get $25. Youth can log onto www.lovemylibrary.ca/teens for details and rules.
Laura Miedema, the teen programming assistant at the Colchester East Hants Public Library, where the awards are co-ordinated, said the awards attract a variety of interests.
“Last year we had 21 entries … and had ghost, vampires and darker themed writings,” said Miedema. “We are finding our youth group is growing and teens know this is a safe place to express themselves.”
The teens’ submissions will be judged by a panel of Colchester County residents. Judges will be looking for clarity, creative use of language, talent, emotional impact and good imagery, to name a few.
A ceremony celebrating the submissions will be held on May 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Truro library. Relatives of Mingo are expected to participate in the gathering.
Mingo was the owner of the Book Nook in Truro for many years. She died in 2006 and her obituary indicated she wanted books to be donated to schools or the library in her memory. That request ultimately led to the creation of the teen writing awards.