ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — The deadline for Essex County seniors to submit an original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of their life to the 2017 Essex County Legacies Writing Contest is Monday, March 27.

Seniors ages 60 and older are encouraged to participate, as Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo these individuals have led interesting lives and that he is 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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All entries, with a suggested length of approximately 1500 words typed or legibly hand-written on 8.5-by-11 inch paper, should be original stories focusing on a special person, a life-altering experience or a significant period in the writer’s life. Entries must also include a cover page with the story’s title, the author’s name, date of birth, address and telephone number.

All identifying information about the author is removed when stories are judged. The story title should appear on the first page of the story text with no identifying information. Only one entry per senior will be accepted.

All participants in this contest must be Essex County residents. The review committee suggests writers keep a copy of the story, as entries will not be returned.

All participants are invited to the Division of Senior Services Legacies Award Ceremony in May 2017. Awards will be presented to the authors of the winning and honorable mention stories. These stories will be posted on the Essex County website at

Stories should be emailed to or sent to the following address:

Essex County Division of Senior Services

Attn: Gloria Chambers-Benoit

900 Bloomfield Avenue

Verona, NJ 07044