‘For Love of Country’ Essay and Poetry Contest | News Release | City of Alexandria

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Alexandria Library

5005 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22304

Phone: 703-746-1753




Contact: Anton Murray, Communications Officer

Email: amurray@alexandria.lib.va.us

Alexandria Library hosts 1st Annual ‘For Love of Country’ Essay and Poetry Contest

Alexandria, VA July 30, 2015 – Alexandria Library and the For Love of Country Foundation have teamed up to host 1st Annual ‘For Love of Country’ Essay and Poetry Contest, “Surviving (Safety, Privacy, and Security) and Thriving in Today’s World.” Eligible applicants for the essay and poetry contest are upcoming 7th, 8th and 9th graders, as of September 2015. All entries for both contests are due no later than Monday, August 31 at 5 p.m.

Essay work will be judged on:

  • Originality and creativity;
  • Persuasiveness;
  • Clarity, coherence and organization;
  • Grammar and spelling.

Poetry work will be judged on:

  • Originality and creativity;
  • Relevance to contest topic;
  • Clarity and coherence;
  • Spelling.

All work submitted must be original material and one entry per student is permitted (one essay or one poem). Paper submissions can be turned in by visiting your nearest Alexandria Library. Electronic submissions are accepted by e-mailing dprice@alexandria.lib.va.us or submitting an electronic application through our website. Essays and poems must be accompanied with a completed cover sheet (available here for download).

Winners will be selected and notified by Thursday, October 1, and prizes will be awarded during Teen Read Week (October 18-24). Essays and poems will not be returned. Alexandria Library will distribute multiple awards in each of the following categories: $100 Gold; $50 Silver; and $25 Bronze.

For more information on the For Love of Country essay and poetry contest, please e-mail dprice@alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1753.


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