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Loyalhanna Review 2017

Student Poets Invited to Enter LVW 2018 Contest

Ligonier Valley Writers’ 27th annual Student Poetry Contest for poets in grades 4 through 12 is now open to submissions.  Cash prizes will be awarded at all grade levels in different forms of poetry, from haiku to rhymed forms.

Contest rules and entry forms maybe found on here.  Please forward the pdf to any students, teachers, parents, and reporters you know who may be interested.  Homeschoolers are welcome.  Help us celebrate the Student Poetry Contest's silver anniversary and the next generation of creativity in our region and give more students the opportunity to experience the joy of creating and winning prizes with their poems.

If you're a kid who likes to write, give it a try.  You can win up to $20 for your poem . The deadline for submitting your writing is March 11.  A tutorial on how to write a poem is posted at www.LVWonline.org.

The awards ceremony for the winners of the Student Poetry Contest will take place on Saturday, April 28, at Barnes & Noble (5155 Route 30, Greensburg) at 4:00 p.m.

Thirty cash awards will be handed out (first, second, and third prizes in each of nine categories, plus McGough Awards for three poems, the best of the best in each age group).  Many students will read their winning poems aloud.  They will also receive a booklet of all the winning poems.  Last year there were more than 70 people in the audience cheering on LVW's student poets.

Tip for teachers: It may be wiser to fill out all your contact information on one entry form and make copies of it than to have each student fill out the school and teacher information in handwriting that may not be as legible as yours.  When one of your students wins a prize, we want to be able to email or call you without any delays.

LVW will have a bookfair at B&N again during the awards, so please save some of the books you want to purchase for then.  LVW will receive a percentage of what you spend, and proceeds will go toward supporting LVW's publications and programs.

Writing Opportunities for Adults

For you adults who are feeling creative, the reading period for submissions to The Loyalhanna Review opens February 1. Submit your poem, essay, short story, or artwork before May 1. And LVW will hold its eleventh annual Flash Fiction Contest this summer; the deadline for Flash Fiction submissions is August 15.

Flash Fiction 2018

Watch this space for the 2018 Contest!


The judges have diligently pored over the entries, wracking their brains to find those stories that stand out above the others.  Entrants have submitted from here and there, near and far.  Every year the judging gets more and more difficult as the quality of the entries gets better and better.

For the second year in a row, the winner is a first-time entrant into the contest, as is one of the entries winning an honorable mention.  The rest of the winning entries come from authors who have entered the contest in the past, again showing that practice makes perfect.

As the original announcement said, every winning entry will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Ligonier Valley Writers as well as being published on the website at www.lvwonline.org.   The first, second and third place winners will also receive cash prizes.

And here they are

FIRST PLACE-----Pareidolia, by Ryan McBriar of Warren, Pennsylvania

SECOND PLACE-----The Cup Isn’t Haunted, by Greg Beatty of Bellingham, Washington

THIRD PLACE-----Pink Flamingoes, by John Frochio of New Brighton, Pennsylvania

HONORABLE MENTION -----Creeping Vines, by Alicia Stankay of Ambridge, Pennsylvania

HONORABLE MENTION -----The Ka of Imen-Potek, by Cindy Bartolotta of Monongahela, Pennsylvania

HONORABLE MENTION -----Last Dance, by Jamie Brian, of Jeanette, Pennsylvania

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The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers and others.  These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books).  Special congratulations to Faith McDowell and Nicole Fratrich, who won three awards each this year.  Faith has won every year since 2013, including the McGough in 2013.  Congratulations also to Mara Myers, who won two awards.  Several other students are repeat winners.  For the full list, please click on the button on the left.

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