NORTH SALT LAKE — Celebrate the everyday superheroes in your lives.
NSL Reads and the city of North Salt Lake are now accepting submissions for this year’s Annual Writing Competition, running now through Sept. 2. The contest, which is part of NSL Reads’ fall event, is seeking essays from people 8 and older on the theme “Not all superheroes wear capes.”
“It’s a fun, easy way to get involved with writing,” said North Salt Lake City Councilmember Matt Jensen, who helps oversee NSL Reads.
This is the third year for the citywide contest, which is open to all North Salt Lake residents. There are four categories, based on the author’s age as of the essay deadline – adults ages 18 or older, teens age 13 to 17, preteens ages 9 to 12, and children ages 8 and younger.
First, second and third place prizes, all of which will be gift cards in different denominations to The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake, will be awarded in all categories. The awards will be given out at the NSL Reads fall event, set for Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The event is the culmination of the NSL Reads summer program.
“I think it’s going great,” Jensen said of this year’s program.
One of the events that kicked the program off earlier this summer was a writing workshop with local professional authors. Attendees heard about writing, went through a guided brainstorming session, then were asked to write a scenario using one of their brainstorming ideas. Once that was completed, participants had the chance to volunteer to read their work out loud in front of everyone else.
“What was really astonishing for me was how many people wanted to share,” he said. “It was just really fun and interactive. People were really enthused by it.”
He hopes that enthusiasm, as well as the participants’ willingness to share, is picked up by everyone who might be interested in entering the contest.
“The barriers to entry are so low, and the judges are our neighbors and friends,” Jensen said. “Just do it. Just write. There’s no reason not to.”
He added that his own family has already caught the spirit.
“I know our house has already written five essays for submission,” he said.
The deadline for all submissions is Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, hand-delivered to North Salt Lake City Hall (10 E. Center Street, North Salt Lake, 84054) or mailed to city call with “NSL Reads Annual Writing Competition” written above the address.
Adult submissions may be up to 3,000 words, teen submissions 2,000 words, preteen submissions 1,000 words, and child submissions 500 words. All submissions must include a cover page containing your name and age category, the title of the submission, word count, and contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address). Do not put your name on your submission.
For more contest guidelines, as well as more information about NSL Reads, visit nslcity.org/index.aspx?nid=326.