The Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin

American Writer Award

“Journalism should be truthful and entertaining. You know, with news and important facts you can entertain people too, have a little humor. Life isn’t all that deadly all the time, but while you’re having fun, tell the truth. If every word of a column is deadly serious, I can’t read it. It makes me throw up." - Jimmy Breslin

 
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The Breslin family is pleased to launch a writing competition to highlight the journalistic voices of NYC public school students.

The Jimmy and Rosemary Breslin “American Writer Award” is to honor future writers and all their tomorrows.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Criteria:

  • Open to all 12th-grade students in NYC public and charter schools.
  • Non-fiction, New York-centered story in 800 words or fewer.
  • Writing that is sharp, moving, inspirational, humorous and original!
  • Additional information is available here.

Awards:

  • Semifinalists will be notified by mid-May. A ceremony for the winners will be held in early June.
  • Eight winners will be selected:
    • First place: $2,500

    • Second place: $1,500

    • Third place: $500

    • Five honorary winners: $100 each

Resources about Jimmy Breslin:

To Apply:

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REMINDER: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE 800 WORDS OR LESS AND WRITTEN IN ENGLISH. ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER STUDENT WILL BE ACCEPTED.
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