Two Rivers Arts Council offers 22nd annual senior citizen writing competition

The Two Rivers Arts Council (TRAC), a regional arts agency, announces the 22nd Tales from Two Rivers senior citizen writing competition. Winners of the competition may be included in Volume VII of the Tales From Two Rivers books, which is scheduled for publication in late 2006. For those not familiar with the books, there are six in the series, and each one contains true-life stories written by folks 60 years of age or older about their true-life experiences in Illinois.

Entry forms for the 2006 senior writing contest are available through local libraries or by contacting TRAC at (217) 322-2066 or by e-mail at Information about obtaining copies of Volumes 1-6 is also available through the above contacts.

The competition is open to all Illinois residents 60 years of age and older. Suggested length of the stories is from 500-1,500 words. All work must be original and be a personal life experience of the author. All stories should have happened in Illinois and cannot have been previously published. Fictional stories are not eligible for prizes.

The deadline for entries is March 31, 2006, and the categories are as follows:

Women’s Quest for Beauty

Farming in the 1940s

My Brush With Famous People

Food: favorites from potlucks, festivals and reunions

Home Remedies

World War II


Droughts, Floods and Blizzards

One-Room Schools

Fairs (State and County)

Author’s Choice

Winners will receive cash prizes: two First Prizes of $100, two Second Prizes of $50, two Third Prizes of $25, 10 Fourth Prizes of $10 and 10 Honorable Mention Certificates.

More than 3,300 stories that record the history of Illinois have been written and evaluated during the program’s 22 years. TRAC Board members and regional humanists serve as jurors.

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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