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Students can enter writing contest

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Published in News on January 15, 2012 1:50 AM

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"The Pleasure Was Mine" is the 2012 Wayne County Reads selection.

Wayne County Reads is sponsoring a writing contest in conjunction with its 2012 campaign that features the novel "The Pleasure Was Mine," by Asheville writer Tommy Hays.

The book is about Alzheimer's and how one man copes with the gradual loss of his beloved wife.

High school students and adults who attend school or reside in Wayne County are encouraged to enter poetry or prose that focuses on aspects of aging: the joys, sorrows, humor, grace, challenges, memories, beauty, etc.

Poems may be in free verse or another form but cannot exceed 32 lines per poem.

Prose pieces are to be a character vignette not to exceed 500 words.

Each writer may submit two pieces: two poems, if each poem is a different form; or a vignette and a poem; or two vignettes.

Each poem or vignette is to be typed on a standard sheet of paper. Two copies of each work must be turned in, each with a separate piece of paper stating the title of the work and the form of the submission; and author's name, home address, telephone number and e-mail address.

The submission must also contain a pledge verifying that the work is original that is signed by hand.

Students need to include their school, grade, teacher's name and e-mail address, school address and telephone number, and the student's teacher must sign this piece of paper.

Submissions must be mailed or delivered to the Wayne County Public Library at1001 E. Ash St. before closing time on Feb. 7. No copies will be returned.

Winners will be announced and awards presented on Feb. 25 during Wayne County Reads' final event for 2012, a "Festival for the Ages" that will be held at the Wayne Center at 208 W. Chestnut St.

To obtainmore information about the contest, contact Margaret Boothe Baddour at mbb@waynecc.edu or (919) 739-6839.

More information about Wayne County Reads can be found at WayneReads.com and www.facebook.com/ WayneCountyReads.

Wayne County Reads is a one book, one-community project started in 2004. In addition to discussing each book's literary merits, WCR provides free public programs such as lectures, exhibits, performances, films, discussions, demonstrations, contests and festivals that explore the themes and issues in the books.

Wayne County Reads selections have included "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "Big Fish" by Daniel Wallace, "Night" by Elie Wiesel, "Walking Across Egypt" by Clyde Edgerton, "Blood Done Sign My Name" by Tim Tyson, "Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate" by Angus Konstam, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, and "Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time" and "Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Greg Mortenson.

The 2012 Wayne County Reads Partners are the City of Goldsboro, County of Wayne, Mount Olive College, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Library, Wayne Community College, Wayne Country Day School, Wayne County Public Library System, Wayne County Public Schools, and many interested individuals.