Writing prize winners

Leydi Mascareno reads her prize-winning work at Lamar University in October 2023, when the winners were announced. (Video of the day is online.) Now you can read all seven prize-winning works here in the Beaumont Enterprise.

To extend the highly successful Extreme Weather and Inequality discussions at Lamar University, Ancient to the Future offered a $5,000 writing prize on the issues to students at each of the five biggest high schools in Jefferson County.  Now you can read the seven prize-winning works here in the Beaumont Enterprise.  Thank you again to the writers, the judges, and the Enterprise.

And please put on your calendar: Saturday, October 5, 3 pm.  That’s when Lamar University Literary Press will hold a release party for a book of many more of the student writings.  Thank you to all those who worked with the editors to prepare their work for publication.

For the competition, prizes were given for the best writing on extreme weather and inequality. It could be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or spoken word, in English or Spanish, 1500 words maximum. Winners had to be enrolled at Beaumont United, Memorial, Nederland, Port Neches-Groves, or West Brook High School in Jefferson County, TX.

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A $5,000 prize for one student at each high school was planned: $1,000 in cash and $4,000 applied towards the student’s post-high-school education.  The judges were so impressed they also awarded two $1,000 cash special mentions.

The deadline was October 15, 2023.  Seniors graduating in May 2023 were able to participate if they sent their writing/spoken word by July 1, 2023. 

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