The Morristown Festival of Books is proud to celebrate the power of the written word by bringing award-winning authors to the Morristown community each fall. The annual Festival has the power to challenge, transport, and transform individuals of all ages as well as bring the community together in conversation.
To mark our 7th anniversary and to encourage future award-winning writers, MFOB is again sponsoring a Teen Writing Contest. High school students from New Jersey are invited to submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or an essay (up to 1,200 words) on the theme:
Write a true story, a poem, or nonfiction essay about what happened during the 2020-21 coronavirus pandemic and how it affected you and others, or write a fictional story of an imaginary pandemic and what might, or might never, have happened.
Up to seven entries will be selected as finalists. Authors will be notified prior to the Festival, if their story is selected as a finalist. The finalists will have their stories posted on the Morristown Festival of Books website prior to the Festival, which will be held on Oct. 9, 2021.
First-place winner will receive $500.
Second-place winner will receive $250.
Third-place winner will receive $100.
Four honorable mentions will each receive $50.
Contest winners will be announced as part of the Festival on October 9, 2021.
Melissa Curwin and Nicole Oringer are very excited to sponsor the Festival’s teen writing contest in memory of their parents, John and Marianne Gunzler. John was a Holocaust survivor from Hungary who earned a GED when he arrived in the United States. Marianne was a Holocaust survivor from Germany who was educated in the NYC public school system. Voracious readers, our parents would have been thrilled to be part of this event, as they believed in encouraging creativity and curiosity in young people.
Judging will be based on the following criteria:
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All entries must:
Submissions not satisfying these criteria in any respect will be disqualified. If the Morristown Festival of Books, in its sole discretion, has reason to believe that any entry contains any material that may infringe or violate any law or any rights of a third party, or that the use or broadcast of such entry in the manner described herein may infringe or violate any law or any rights of a third party, the Morristown Festival of Books may immediately disqualify such entry and take any other measures the Morristown Festival of Books may deem appropriate or necessary.
By submitting a written entry, the entrant grants to the Morristown Festival of Books:
The following, and their family members, are prohibited from participation in this contest:
Linda L. Hellstrom, Founder
Caroline Godfrey, Co-Chair
Karen Gruenberg, Co-Chair
Elizabeth K. Parker
Diane Naughton Washburne