2009.11.20 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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Student Spanish Essays, Poems Sought for UNO Contest
Omaha - Nebraska students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to submit poems, essays and short narratives in Spanish for “Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work,” a writing contest sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Cumbre 2010 partners.
Submissions will be accepted Dec. 15 through Feb. 22. Guidelines are as follows:
• Poetry entries should be 10 to 30 lines in length
• Short narrative entries should not exceed 600 words
• Essay entries should not exceed 900 words.
The student works are encouraged to celebrate Latino’s and Latin American immigrants’ contributions to communities across Nebraska.
Submissions, along with required registration forms (available Dec. 15 at www.unomaha.edu/ollas), should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to:
Creative Writing Contest
c/o Claudia Garcia, ASH 301R
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68182
The first, second and third prizes in each category will receive $100, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively. Honorary mentions will receive award certificates.
Winners will be announced during a special ceremony in April at UNO. The award-winning entries will be on display at the OLLAS Cumbre 2010, the Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, May 13-15.
“This Spanish creative writing contest is meant to encourage the creative use of the language both among bilingual speakers and those who speak Spanish as a second language,” said Claudia Garcia, assistant professor of Spanish at UNO and contest organizer. “This contest is the first of its kind in Nebraska. Because of the growth of the Latino and Latin American immigrant population in our state, it’s important to recognize the Spanish language as a relevant Latino contribution to American culture, and to celebrate it through writing.”
For more information, call Garcia at (402) 554-4837.
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