The Norman Transcript

November 15, 2012

PLS Big Read writing contest inspired by novel

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Pioneer Library System is conducting a Short Story Writing Contest inspired by and modeled on the plot of the novel “Old School,” by Tobias Wolff as part of its 2013 The Big Read, presented with underwriting from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

In the 2013 version of the contest, local student authors can compete for the honor of meeting Tobias Wolff when he visits Oklahoma to culminate The Big Read in late April.

Original, unpublished short stories of no more than 1,500 words, written by students residing within the tri-county service area of the Pioneer Library System (Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie counties) are eligible. Entries must be submitted via the PLS Big Read website no later than 11:59 p.m. March 15, 2013.

Entries will be judged in two categories: the high school category is for students living in the tri-county PLS service area enrolled in a public, private, online or homeschool program in grades 9-12 during the 2012-2013 school year; the college category is for freshman-senior students during the 2012-2013 school year enrolled in a public, private or online college operating within the tri-county PLS service area.

Entries will be judged by a panel of professional writers who will pick finalists in each category. The winning entry in each category will be selected by Wolff.

Winners will be announced at The Big Read Book Discussion April 10 in Old Science Hall on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

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