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Student Poetry Awards

Ligonier Valley Writers to Hold

Student Poetry Awards and Bookfair April 28

Ligonier Valley Writers’ 27th annual Student Poetry Contest has found some very talented poets among local students in grades 4-12.  They will be honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Greensburg Barnes & Noble (5155 Route 30) at 4:00 p.m.  Cash awards will be handed out, and many students will read their winning poems aloud.  Booklets of all the winning poems will be given to the poets.

As part of the poetry celebration, LVW is having a bookfair at Barnes & Noble. Here's a way to support a local cultural institution that won't cost you an extra dime.  If you're shopping anyway, on April 28 in all B&N stores, B&N will give LVW a percentage of every dollar you spend.  Every book or greeting card you buy helps to maintain LVW's publications and programs.  Just mention to the cashier LVW's bookfair ID number: 12363768.

Can't make it to the awards?  You can still contribute to LVW's programs and publications by ordering online April 28-May 3 and using LVW's bookfair ID: 12363768.

For more information, email or call LVW publicity director Judith Gallagher at jgallagher@LVWonline.org or (724) 593-7294.

Loyalhanna Review Submission Deadline Looms

Have you been meaning to submit a poem, prose work, or artwork to Ligonier Valley Writers' literary magazine, The Loyalhanna Review?  If so, it's time to kick into high gear.  The deadline is only eight days away.

Editor-in-chief Ruth McDonald is seeking high-quality fiction, essays, and poetry as well as art and photos.  The Loyalhanna Review has been published continuously since 1991 and will provide an attractive showcase for your best work.

Submission Guidelines

Writers: Please email your submission of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to RMCD1997@aol.com.   In the subject line, put your last name, your first initial, and "LR Submission".  If you are submitting more than one piece, send them as separate attachments to a single email.  Writers may submit three poems and/or one prose piece no longer than 1,800 words.

We're especially eager to read flash fiction pieces, and humor is always in short supply and popular with our audience.

Artists: Please email your work as a JPEG file.  See LVWonline.org for exact requirements.  The Review's trim size is 8½ by 11 inches.  We're looking for a full-color vertical piece of art for the front cover, a full-color piece (either vertical or horizontal) for the back cover, and several color and black-and-white pieces of various sizes inside the magazine.  There are no restrictions on medium, style, or subject matter.

The deadline for both text and art is May 1, 2018.  In the body of your email, please include your email address, street address, and phone number; the prose word count or poem line count, and an author/ artist bio of 50 words or less.  Also include a release stating, "I grant Ligonier Valley Writers permission to publish [title of work] in the 2018 print and 2018 online editions of The Loyalhanna Review.  I retain all copyrights."  If you wish your work to remain online in the Loyalhanna Review Archive, please include  a second release.  Before submitting, check the website (www.LVWonline.org) for the wording of the archive release and detailed guidelines.

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Loyalhanna Review 2017

Student Poets Invited to Enter LVW 2018 Contest

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

Contest rules may be 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 was 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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Student Poetry Contest 2017

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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