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Fresno's Young Writers Competition Inspires Students to Express Themselves Through Poetry

Apr 19, 2017 03:36PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the National University Facebook page.

For 20 years, National University has hosted a young writers event in Fresno where writers can enjoy and showcase their writing. This Young Writers Competition is celebrating their 20th anniversary milestone, and it's right around the corner. 

The ages that come to the showcase range from 4th through 12th grade. Because April is National Poetry Month, this competition comes at the perfect time. There is a theme each year, from heroes to cultural traditions. This year's theme is "Remember when ..." 

May 3 is the deadline for this year's competition, with winners recognized May 19.

Students compete in one of three grade-level categories (4th through 12th) for cash prizes that range from $100 to $200, and this year's award winners will be announced May 19. In addition to the recognition, the experience has the potential to change young lives in positive ways.

HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION: Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  Applicants are encouraged to email their submissions to Frederick Schnur at, or mail them to the attention of Frederick Schnur at 20 E. River Park Place West, Fresno, CA 93720.

Include the words, "Young Writers Competition," in the subject line of the email or on the mailing envelope. Each submission must include the contestant's name, grade level, school, teacher and a contact phone number for the contestant's parent or teacher.

To learn more about this event, please visit the National University website