Thursday, October 25, 2012

Death, Wolves, and Delicious Shoes

“Death, you see, is a sort of silence, one that refuses to stay quiet. It must answer every question.”
~ Paige Street

“I’m a wolf: of fast flight.” ~ Lisa Jacklin

“Delicious shoes
She listens to the blues –
At times”
~ Nevin

Paige, Lisa, and Nevin are all Alaska authors. What else do they have in common? They’re all among Alaska’s youngest writers – twenty and under, to be exact.

In case you’ve missed it, Alaska has a program to encourage young writers through instruction, contests, and publishing opportunities (including an online ‘zine): Write Young Alaska, aka WYAK, an initiative of 49 Writers. The excerpts above come from the WYAK anthology published a few months ago.

Next up: more WYAK contests to encourage Alaska’s young writers. Just in time for Halloween is the Ghosts and Legends contest. Writers in three age categories are encouraged to submit their best bone-chilling tales of their own creation, or a local legend retold in their own words. The deadline is Oct. 31.

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