CELEBRATION OF YOUNG WRITERS

GRADES K-12

ASAP!’s 18th Annual Celebration of Young Writers empowers students to share their love of writing with the world. Public, private and homeschooled students from across Connecticut are invited to submit poetry and prose to our panel for the chance to work with an orator and read their piece in front of a live audience. 2023 top selected works will be presented at the Spring Hill Arts Gathering (SHAG) Festival on Friday, June 23 2023, and shared through ASAP!’s website.

Celebration of Young Writers was inspired by ASAP!’s objective to foster children’s creativity and imagination in the literary arts. It was established with the help of Ellen and Frank McCourt, Ann and Denis Leary, and Susanna Salk.

SUBMISSIONS

February 1 – April 3, 2023

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Writings must be 400 words or less and may include: poetry, short story, short play, or an act from a play.
  • Students in grades K-12 are eligible to submit.
  • Only one entry is allowed per student.
  • Teachers, parents, or students themselves may submit.
  • All submissions must be made electronically by following the link below.
  • Students must be available to read at event on June 23 at Spring Hill Vineyards.

WHERE

Spring Hill Vineyard Arts Gathering
292 Bee Brook Rd, New Preston, CT 06777

WHEN

Friday, June 23, 2023. More details coming soon.

This program is funded in part by The Watts Fund. Thank you to our 2023 Event Hosts:

REGISTER FOR ASAP! SUMMER CAMP

JULY 31 - AUGUST 11

Register by April 1 and save $100 on camp tuition!

In School Programs - Kids in Classroom working on a Project

WE RISE: AFTER SCHOOL

Starts February 2023

Torrington Middle School 6th grade students register here.

CELEBRATION OF YOUNG WRITERS

FEBRUARY 1 - APRIL 3

Calling all young writers! Submit a piece of writing today!