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Legacies Writing Contest Announced for Essex County Senior Citizens

January 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM


ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - The Essex County Division of Senior Citizens, along with Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, have announced the annual "Legacies Writing Contest" for Essex County residents 60 and older. Judges will be looking for original stories with a maximum length of 1,500 words that focus on significant people and experiences in the writer's life. The deadline for entries is March 17.

Jaklyn DeVore, Director of the Essex County Division of Senior Services, noted that "Legacies enables seniors to share stories about their past, helps them express their emotions, and exercises their minds to keep them sharp.” “You don’t have to be a professional writer to enter this contest. Some of our writers have never written before entering our Legacies contest. It’s a great way to remember old times and establish a written history so the past is not forgotten,” she added.

Rules
The contest rules are as follows:
  • Writers must be Essex County residents who are 60 years of age or older
     
  • Entries should be original stories focusing on a special person, a life-altering experience or a significant period in your life
     
  • The suggested maximum length is 1,500 words
     
  • Stories must be typed or legibly hand-written on 8.5-by-11 inch paper
     
  • Entries must have a cover page with the story’s title, the author’s name, date of birth, address and telephone number
     
  • The story title with no identifying information should appear on the first page of the story text
    All identifying information about the author is removed when stories are judged by the review committee
     
  • Seniors may submit only one entry
     
  • Previously published stories may not be submitted
     
  • Seniors should keep a copy of the story
    Entries will not be returned

“Our senior citizens have led interesting lives and I am always impressed by the stories that are submitted. Our Legacies Contest is an opportunity for our older residents to remember their past and share their experiences with family, friends and the younger generation,” said DiVincenzo. “It’s never too early to begin collecting your thoughts and writing your drafts. I encourage all our seniors to start working on their entries now.” 

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Submission
Entries should be mailed to:
Essex County Division of Senior Services
Attn: Gloria Chambers-Benoit
900 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Email:  gchambersbenoit@seniors.essexcountynj.org  

All entrants will be invited to the Division of Senior Services Legacies Luncheon Celebration in May. Awards will be presented to the authors of the winning and honorable mention stories. These stories will be posted on the Essex County website.

Further Information
Essex County Division of Senior Services
973-395-8389

Essex County
County Executive:  Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102
973-621-4400
Website

 

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