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Release Date: January 11, 2007

by Kerri McDonald



ADA – The Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities has announced an exciting opportunity for Chickasaw youth to explore their culture and history while competing for cash prizes and awards.

The 2007 Chickasaw Centennial Creative Writing Contest is open to Chickasaw students in grades six through 12 and young Chickasaw adults through age 24. Promoting the topic, “100 Years of Chickasaw History,” interested young writers may submit from one to a total of five entries in the categories of poetry (64 lines or less), fictional short story (1000 to 2000 words) or historical narrative or essay (1000 words or less).

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 2, 2007.

As advocates for the arts, the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities encourages self-expression through all mediums. Creative writing promotes opportunities for language arts development for Chickasaws and all those we serve.

“Individuals connect with the world around them as they explore cultures and history,” said Lona Barrick, administrator for the division. “Writing about what we’ve learned or how we feel allows us to identify those connections and to express our understanding of them.”

Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby emphasized the importance of developing language arts skills in young Chickasaws.

“Every person shares a fundamental need for communicating life experiences,” said Governor Anoatubby. “The ability to communicate our experiences to others opens doors and builds bridges between cultures.”

There is no fee to enter the writing contest and proof of Chickasaw citizenship is required. The contest is part of a larger celebration of National Youth Arts Month observed in March 2007.

Entries for the contest must be received on or before Friday, March 2, 2007. A panel of judges will evaluate original works based on age division, category of work, how well the creative writing relates to the topic, artistic form and literary expression with winning entries determined by March 22. Winners will be invited to receive their prizes and medals at the Youth Arts Month Celebration and Reception on March 30, in Ada, Okla.

Complete entry forms must be submitted along with entries and mailed to the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities, Attn: Department of Chickasaw Humanities and Literary Arts, P.O. Box 1548, Ada, Okla., 74820. Entries may also be hand-delivered by the deadline to the division at 100 E. 13th Street, suites 218 or 224, in Ada.

For more information, call (580) 272-5520 or email Kelley Isom, coordinator, at kelley.isom@chickasaw.net or Laura Clark, assistant, at laura.clark@chickasaw.net. Forms and information are also available on line at www.chickasaw.net.