2013 WA State Contest: Voices of Children

What is the contest?
Voices of Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives is a contest for children in Washington State who are being raised now or in the past by a relative other than their parents. The contest honors both the children, and the more than 40,000 relatives in Washington State who are raising them.
How do you enter the contest?
Write a poem, short essay, or draw a picture that describes how living with a relative (such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle) has made a positive difference in your life. Entries will be judged in three age categories 5-7 year olds, 8-12 year olds, and 13-19 year olds.
What are the rules?
 All participating children must live in Washington State and be

5 -19 years old.
 Poems should be 21 lines or less.
 Essays should be 200 words or less.
 Use colored pencils, markers, pencil, or crayons on any drawings. Make your art as big and bold as possible and add a statement that explains your drawing.
Artwork must be submitted on the enclosed entry form.
 Do not include any names within artwork.
 Artwork must be flat and within the box on the entry form.
 Entry must be original, in English, and unpublished.
 Winners will be notified in early May and all decisions of the judges are final.
 Award ceremony for winners will be held in June or July.
 We reserve the right of first publication and use of writings and drawings.
 All entries may be published in a 2013 book called Voices of Children-Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives.

What are the prizes?
The top two entries in each age division will receive:
$100 from Twin Star Credit Union
A free night at Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA for a family of four!

If you have questions, please call Family Education and Support Services at 1-877-813-2828 or e-mail Lynn@Familyess.org.

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