Write Rhode Island short fiction competition kicks off

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October kicks off School One and Goat Hill’s Write Rhode Island short fiction competition for Rhode Island students. Write Rhode Island is hoping to get teens excited and spur entries by hosting a series of virtual classes. This class is free but teens should sign up in advance by contacting Diana at School One, 401-331-2497/dianac@school-one.org.

“This year, thanks to a major grant from the R.I. Council for the Humanities, we have several free, virtual classes so students from across Rhode Island can take classes after-school and on the weekends,” said Diana Champa, Literary Arts and Outreach Director at School One. “This year we are partnering with ENRICHri and hosting special workshops for home-school students.”

Write Rhode Island has also introduced Write Rhode Island: Introduction to Fiction, a class designed especially for middle school students. It’s fun and relaxed way for students to learn about short story writing. It runs on Saturday afternoons and begins on November 7th.

Write Rhode Island guidelines for submission are simple, it must be a work of fiction by a RI student in grades 7-12 and incorporate Rhode Island in some way. Students can get guidelines from their teachers, librarians or on the School One website. Stories can be submitted online November 20 through midnight on December 13, 2020. Last year Write Rhode Island received more than 150 submissions from 33 of Rhode Island’s cities and towns representing students attending public, private and parochial schools from across the Ocean State.

The Write Rhode Island competition is open to students throughout the Ocean State. The deadline to submit a piece is Sunday, December 13, 2020 and additional information and full competition guidelines can be found at www.school-one.org. Winners will be announced in Spring 2021. Winners will receive a cash prize, get their work published or exhibited and participate in a statewide reading.

Write Rhode Island is being presented by School One and Goat Hill. School One is a small, independent high school in Providence that provides an arts-intensive, college preparatory education to an array of students from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Goat Hill is the coming together of three Providence writers, Ann Hood, Hester Kaplan and Taylor Polites with the collective goal of producing and expanding literary events across the state.

The competition has been made possible thanks to support from BankRI, Pawtucket Credit Union, RI Council for Humanities, Rhode Island Department of Education, the RI State Council on the Arts, teachers, librarians and educators from around the state. For more information, including a full list of available workshops, visit www.school-one.org or contact Diana Champa at (401) 331-2497 and dianac@school-one.org.

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