Literature entries may be works of fiction or nonfiction. Prose and poetry are acceptable.
Whether an entry uses a variety of techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. Technique is less important than a well-developed concept.
*Entries must not exceed 2,000 words.
*Two copies are to be submitted.
*Entries can be typed either on a typewriter or with a computer, or can be legibly handwritten.
*Number all pages.
*Illustrated entries, including “books,” with pictures drawn by the student are acceptable; however only literary content is judged.
*Entries are to reflect grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
*Submit entries on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper.
*Submit both copies in a manila file folder with the Official Entry Form stapled to the back of the folder.
*Do not mount entries.
*Write the student’s name on the back of each page in case pages become separated.
*Collections of poems or short stories are not acceptable; only one piece of literature may be entered.
Dictation and typing
*Students may have their entries typed by another person. Transcribers should make every attempt to retain the same level of language and accuracy that is reflected in the student’s original entry.
*Students for whom English is not their first language may submit a literature entry in their own language. An interpretive translation must accompany the entry.
*Translators should make every attempt to retain the same level of language and accuracy that is reflected in the student’s original entry.
*Keep a copy of your work, DO NOT SEND US THE ONLY COPY.
*Students must adhere to the general rules as well as the Literature Composition Rules.
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