Do you like to write? Would you like to see your story published in an international magazine? Would you like to get paid for it and receive a plaque and hear it read in public by a Pulitzer Prize nominee?
Your chance is here and now. As part of the second annual nternational Route 66 Roadie Gathering, a writing contest for all ages is being sponsored by the Quay Council for Arts and Humanities. The story must be written by a Quay County resident and must involve Route 66 in some way. So four people from Quay County are going to win in this contest.
o An elementary student can write a 100-150 word story and win $25.
o A middle school student can write a 150-200 word story and win $50.
o A high school student can write a 250-500 word story and win $100.
o An adult’s story, including college students, should be 500-1000 words and win $200.
The story must include something about Route 66. The winning elementary story last year was about a troll and a leprechaun. The high school winner wrote a story about how her grandparents met on Route 66. Just use your imagination and come up with a great story.
The story must be typed. The cover sheet must include your name, address, and phone number and category. The story must be delivered to the Tucumcari/Quay County Chamber of Commerce on or before Friday, May 23. The stories will then be sent to the editor of the Route 66 Magazine to be judged. They will not be judged locally, so you have as good a chance as anyone else in Quay County to win.
At the awards banquet on July 12, Michael Wallis will read the winning stories, present plaques and cash awards to the winners, and the stories will later be published in the Route 66 Magazine.
Michael Wallis and several other published authors will also conduct a writers’ seminar on Saturday, July 12. Local writers can get information about how to get published, how to improve their stories and other advice. They can ask questions and visit with these writers.