Twelveth Annual
Festival of Words
November 1-2, 2019

Festival of Words Student Creative Writing Contest

WHO: All Acadiana-area students in grades 3-12 who attend school(s) including public, private, charter, and homeschools

WHAT: Festival of Words Student Creative Writing Contest

WHEN: Final Deadline for online submissions is Tuesday, October 19, 2018 Festival of Words event will be held in Grand Coteau on Saturday, November 3, 2018

All entrants are invited to attend the festival; contest winners will be invited to read their original writing pieces on the Community Stage CONTACT: Dr. Toby Daspit, (337) 482-6409

Students in grades 3-12 from across the Acadiana-area are invited to participate in a writing contest sponsored by the National Writing Project of Acadiana and the Festival of Words. Students can enter their original writing pieces into three writing categories including poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Writings should be submitted through a supervising teacher or school facilitator online by sending them to or sharing in a Google folder. Parental permission must be granted by filling out the student writing contest entry form. Awards will be given for first, second, and third place winners. Contest winners will also receive an anthology publication of winning entries.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Toby Daspit, Co-Director of the National Writing Project of Acadiana at (337) 482-6409 if you have questions or concerns.

Look on the links below for details.

The Festival of Words is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts.

The Festival of Words appreciates partnerships with Acadiana Writing Project; Grand Coteau Cultural Arts Foundation; the Thensted Center; Lyrically Inclined; Beth Fusilier of Sterling Kia, Graphic Designer Tracy.Duhamel; Chicorys Coffee & Cafe'; Grand Coteau Bistro, Giles Auto Rent; Nunu's Arts and Culture Collective, and St. Landry Parish Tourism. We are also supported by many generous donors of our community and from all over the country.

We also appreciate in-kind support from The Center for Louisiana Studies at UL, and C. Bruce Snow, Data Management.

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