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"Wanted" CALS & Centre County Reads Writing Contest

Dec 05, 2016 12:25 PM to Mar 13, 2017 11:55 PM

This contest is part of the 2017 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Stacey Lee’s Under a Painted Sky. The novel tells the story of two female runaways on the Oregon Trail in 1849 as they make friends, escape their enemies, and seek both freedom and family.

What does it mean to be “wanted”? The word may have either positive or negative connotations: to be wanted is to belong, but the word may also signify pursuit, escape, and a sense of danger. This year’s writing contest asks you to submit your best writing—7,500 words or less—on what you think it means to be “wanted,” in one of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Entry for a writer under 18


Entries due by March 13. Send submissions to

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