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05 March 2011

Calling All (Non-Epic) Writers for Phidian Art Club Literary Competition

I just opened my personal invitation to submit to the Phidian Art Club's 23rd Annual Literary Competition for poetry, short fiction and non-fiction works.  However, it is open to everyone within a 35-mile radius of Dixon.  What is difficult to pinpoint is exactly where Dixon is.  There is the city of Dixon, Township of Dixon, Dixon Rural (as the firefighting unit is called)...  Dennis Considine is running for Committeeman of the City of Dixon, but eligible voters are only those who live within the city limits of Dixon, which are fairly limiting.  So, a small portion of BoF's constituency can actually elect Dennis (and re-elect Mayor Jim Burke).  However, those outside the city limits can vote for Margaret Tyne as Sauk Valley Community College Trustee.  Don't ask me where the geographical limits for eligibility to decide the future of SVCC are.  More writers can submit to Phidian's literary contest than can vote in the 5 April 2011 election.

Well, back to business:  Books on First will, as it has done for nearly our entire existence, sponsor the short fiction category.

In the past, when I still had a knack for writing poetry, I have submitted, winning second place twice -- always the bridesmaid, never the bride, eh?

One submission for each category allowed, winners will receive a critical commentary from the judge of that category, a small monetary prize with certificate and the winning piece reproduced in a bound volume available for viewing and borrowing in the Dixon Public Library.

The deadline is 15 March 2011 and you can get the requirements from the Dixon Public Library, The Next Picture Show, City of Dixon and Sauk Valley Newspapers.

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