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"Beautiful Ruins" Writing Contest

Mar 02, 2015 from 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM



DEADLINE: March 2, 2015

This contest is a part of the 2015 Centre Country Reads/CALS Community Read of New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter’s novel Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins interweaves many stories—an Italian romance, an Old Hollywood miracle, and the struggles of a young filmmaker—in which “beautiful ruins” are embodied in the characters, their memories, and the novel’s multiple settings.

Enter your best writing—7,500 words or less—on what you perceive to be a “beautiful ruin,” whether a person, place, object, or memory, in one of the following categories:

  • Best Short Fiction
  • Best Nonfiction
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Short Film or Video
  • Best Entry for a Writer Under 18

$200 grand prize and additional prizes for winners in each category

Send your entry to Be sure to include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category. Video entries should be posted to Youtube with the URL included in your email (Please do not email media files to CALS). Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library.