Tuesday, September 12, 2006

National Will Rogers Writing Contest Announced

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists is sponsoring a Will Rogers Writing Contest, which is open to writers everywhere who are interested in the writings of Will Rogers, the philosopher- humorist whose words are still as alive as when he kept America laughing, and thinking, in the 1920s and `30s.

Prizes will be awarded for entries that best reflect the Rogers style of writing. In addition to national recognition, the first place winner will receive a free registration (worth $250) to the Will Rogers Writers' Workshop, to be held March 15-18, 2007 at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

Second place entitles the winner to half-price registration (worth $125) and third place will earn a $50 discount on registration. The awards are not transferable. NSNC is presenting the workshop in partnership with the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop at the University of Dayton.

The program for 300 writers will be hosted by The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. To enter the contest, writers will submit an essay of 500 to 750 words written in the style of Will Rogers. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2006. More information may be found at http://www.willroge rsok.org

For updates on the workshop, writers may subscribe to the Will Rogers Writers' Workshop free email newsletter by sending a request to willrogersok@ gmail.com.

Rose DesRochers