2020 Writing Competition
The Council is proud to announce the winners of its
2020 Writing Contest!

Click here to see the full Press Release,
along with pictures of some of the winners.

Previous Writing Competition winners:
 The 2015 Writing Competition

Our 2015 Winning Agawam Writers!
(click to enlarge)
Awarded to:
Grades K- 1 Art Poster Gianna Goodrow - 1st
Nathaniel Ryan - 2nd
Karina Radkovets - 3rd
Grade 2 Paragraph Maria Maynard - 1st
Catherine Merigian - 2nd
Laura Parolo - 3rd
Grade 3 Paragraph Grace Moriarty - 1st
Abigail Drumm - 2nd
Andee Gebeau - 3rd
Grade 4 Poem Tessa Ebreo - 1st
Gabriella Manes - 2nd
Alivia Carrier - 3rd
Grades 5-6 Composition Cameron Cofer - 1st
Domenic Vecchiarelli - 2nd
Brynn Legros - 3rd
Grades 7-8 500 Word Composition           ( insufficient
               entries )
High School 750 Word Composition           ( insufficient
               entries )

 The 2020 Writing Competition

The 7th Annual (2020) Agawam Cultural Council Writing Competition
is open to all school age children living in, or attending school in,
the Town of Agawam.

(PLEASE NOTE: the adult categories have been eliminated.)
Works must be original to this year's competition; previously published poems or short stories from other contests cannot be accepted.
Any category receiving five or fewer entries will have no prize awarded in that category.
The competition has been extended; it now runs from October 15, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Entries will be accepted from October 15th through December 31st, only; entries postmarked or e-mailed after that date will not be eligible for consideration.

Due to the current pandemic restrictions, the winners of the 2020 ACC Writing Competition will be recognized and celebrated virtually (online).
Award certificates will be mailed, and cash prizes will be distributed to First, Second, and Third Place winners.
For Grades 2 - 12, students will be encouraged to read their winning entries.
(Kindergarten and First Grade students will be creating an art poster, which they are encouraged to show and describe.)


 2020 Writing Competition Guidelines

Basic Requirements for Entry -

The 2020 competition runs from October 15th through December 31st. Entries will be accepted from October 15th through December 31st, only; entries postmarked or e-mailed after that date will not be eligible for consideration.
All entries must be typed or written legibly. Entries should be titled and the entrant's grade should be listed, but entrant's name, address or other personal information must NOT appear on the final copy of the work submitted for judging. This is to better enable unbiased and fair judging of the entries submitted.
(Entrants are urged to keep a copy of the submitted work in some form.)

A cover sheet with contact information must accompany each submission, and should include:

First and Last Name (Juvenile entrants may include name of Parent or Guardian)
Street Address
Phone Number
E-mail Address
(if possible)
Age and Grade
Name of School
Name of Language Arts/ English/ Composition Teacher
Title of Entry

PLEASE NOTE: Entries CAN be accepted via e-mail.
Send to:

You may MAIL or HAND DELIVER entries to:

Agawam Cultural Council
c/o Town Hall
36 Main Street
Agawam, MA 01001
Attn: Writing Competition

Winners in each category will be notified by mail, phone, or e-mail no later than February 15th, 2021. Winning entries may be considered for publication in town papers, and on the ACC website, unless specified that you wish to decline publication in this manner.
The winners and their works will be celebrated at an online recognition event on a date yet to be determined.

Prizes -

The following prizes will be awarded in each category (see details, below) receiving a sufficient number of entries:

1st Place $50.00
2nd Place $25.00
3rd Place $15.00

 The 2020 Writing Competition Categories:


Grades K-1
Art Poster
Grades 2-3
Paragraph or Poem
Grade   4
Paragraph or Poem
Grades 5-6
Composition or Poem
Grades 7-8
Composition or Poem
(500 words)(15-25 lines)
High School
(approx. 650 words)

Click here to find more details and suggestions for approaching the topic, specific to each grade level.

We know it takes courage to enter any competition, so GOOD LUCK to all our entrants, and Thank You!!

                       If you have questions, please contact:
                                        Mary Jane Augusti
                                         (413) 241-7196


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