NEW YORK, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MWA:Reads, Mystery Writers
of America's youth literacy program that encourages children and teens to
read mysteries by joining authors with students, parents, teachers, and
librarians, will extend the deadline for the Joan Lowery Nixon Award
mystery writing contest in 2008. The announcement was made today by
MWA:Reads National Chairperson Chris Freeburn. The new deadline is March
The Joan Lowery Nixon Award mystery writing contest encourages students
to use their language arts skills along with their imagination to create
their own unique mystery story. The contest is named after the prolific
American writer of historical fiction and mysteries for children and young
adults, Joan Lowery Nixon. She is the founder of MWA:Reads, as well as the
only person ever to win the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar(R) Award for
Best Juvenile Mystery four times. Lowery passed away in 2003.
The Joan Lowery Nixon Award mystery writing contest is open to students
from the second through the tenth grades. There are two age categories:
Grades 2-5 and Grades 6-10. Only one story per student may be submitted, as
specified in the contest rules. The entries will be judged in the area of
creativity and proper use of the English language. The winner of each
category will receive a $250 cash prize.
Submissions for the contest will be accepted beginning February 3, 2008
(Joan Lowery Nixon's birthday) but no later than March 31, 2008. Students
in public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students, are
encouraged to participate.
Visit http://www.mysterywriters.org/MWAreads for complete submission
guidelines and contest rules. The winners will be posted on Mystery Writers
of America's website.
About Mystery Writers of America
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is the premier organization for
mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring
crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to
promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for
those who write within the genre. The organization provides scholarships
for writers, sponsors MWA:Reads (our youth literacy program), sponsors
symposia and conferences, presents the Edgar(R) Awards, and conducts other
activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime
writing. With 11 chapters covering the 50 states, membership is open to the
public, and you need not reside in the U.S. to join. MWA is a nonprofit
organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
SOURCE Mystery Writers of America