The 58th annual Otero Arts Festival is set for April 1-3 at McDivitt Center on the Otero Junior College campus. The Otero Arts Festival showcases creative writing, sculptures, pottery, paintings, drawings and other works of art submitted by middle and high school students from throughout southeast Colorado.
Entries for the creative writing competition are currently being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by bringing entries to Humanities Center Room 119 by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Complete creative writing guidelines are available at: http://www.ojc.edu/OteroArtsFestival.aspx.
This year’s theme is It’s Your Story, Tell It!! Create It!!. The Otero Arts Festival invites area students in grades 7-12 to share what inspires their creative writing to come to life.
Debbie Phillips, coordinator of the Otero Arts Festival, anticipates about 300 entries from 30 area schools, for the 58th annual event. “Each year we see entries from many exceptionally talented students. They are supported in their work by teachers, parents and community members who are involved in helping them develop their talents and exhibit their written and visual works,” said Phillips.
Area students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to enter the Creative Writing division of the Otero Arts Festival through Friday, February 28. All poems, short stories, essays and creative books that are entered will be displayed in the Reading Room during the public viewing dates, April 1-3.
First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of the three writing categories for grades 7 -12. A ribbon and $50 award will be given for Best Representative Writing in middle school and a ribbon and $50 award will be given for Best Representative Writing in high school.
The Creative Writing contest continues to feature a winning high school senior portfolio. High school seniors are encouraged to enter a poem, short story and essay in the Senior Portfolio creative writing competition. The winner of the Senior Portfolio creative writing division will be awarded a one-year, renewable, scholarship to Otero Junior College for 12 credit hours of in-state tuition at the on campus rate,.
“This year’s competition will again show the depth and talent that exists in our area students,” said Phillips. “The committee for the Otero Arts Festival would like to invite the public to come and read these wonderful works. All Creative Writing entries will be on exhibit in the Reading Room.”
For more information on the Otero Arts Festival, contact Debbie Phillips, coordinator of campus and community events, at 719-384-6863.