WaxPrint Creative Nonfiction Contest
For Middle and High School Age Writers & Artists. Hosted by the Teen Advisory Board at Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane in Hillsborough, NC. For more information or help submitting your work, call or email Miss Kafi at kallah@orangecountync.gov or 919.245.2536.
Purpose and Prizes
"WaxPrint" is a zine put together by Orange County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). It is a compilation of art and writing submissions by middle and high school age people who live in or near Orange County, NC. In addition to creating "WaxPrint," TAB is also working with The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, a national arts advocacy group based in San Francisco. As part of their youth media initiative, The Alliance produces a zine called "The Issue." All submissions for this contest will be considered for publication in both zines, and 5 works will be selected as first through fifth place winners of additional prizes, including tickets for Raleigh Supercon which takes place in late July!
Theme: My Community, My Vision
The theme is all about community and the way you see yourself in it. Everyone belongs to many different communities or groups. Some groups you belong to because you have an interest, culture, or food in common with other people. Other groups might be defined by where you live or go to school, or by race and/or ethnicity, by belief, etc. Choose a community or group you belong to (or would like to belong to) in Hillsborough, Orange County, or somewhere close by. Describe what it means to you and what your place is in it with a piece of writing that is *true*. That can be expressed a story, an essay, poem, comic, or some other type of art combined with writing as long as what is written is based on your experiences or understandings.

Think also about how your community or group fits into the larger community of Hillsborough, Orange County, or the Triangle area. A healthy community is one that is open to ideas and communication, supportive of its members, strives toward inclusion, and builds lasting relationships within the group and with other groups. If those traits represent your community or group, awesome! Write about it! If not, then this is an opportunity to envision how it can be different, and that’s the first step to changing things.

Entry Rules and Specifications
Entry Rules:
*You must be middle to high school aged to enter a piece of creative writing in this contest. You do not have to be a resident of Orange County, currently enrolled in school, or a member of Orange County Public Library to enter (BUT remember that it's free to get a library card at OCPL if you live in Orange, Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, or Person Counties).

*Each applicant may submit up to two works for this contest. The work can be in the form of a story, essay, poem, comic or other type of art combined with writing as long as it is your own work and nonfiction.

*Submitted works must be no more than five, double spaced, 8.5 in x 11 inch pages (or that equivalent length if art is included as part of the piece) using 12pt, Times New Roman font.

Submissions and Deadlines
There are two ways to submit your work: 1) Upload your work to Google Drive using the option at the bottom of this form; or 2) email it to ocpltab@gmail.com. All submissions must be in .pdf, .doc, .docx, .jpg, or .png format. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm on July 8th, 2018.
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