The 2010 Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest invites middle and high school students to submit an original literary work on this year’s theme: faithfulness, courage, and persistence in racial issues of the past, present, or future.

Submission deadline is January 30, 2010. Entries can be essays, poetry, fiction, etc., and will be judged on originality, clarity, and composition. Entries should include the name, age, school, and grade level of the submitter, along with his/her home address, phone number, e-mail address, hobbies and interests, extra-curricular activities, and plans for the future. The maximum length of entries is 200 words. Entries should be either typed double-spaced on a single sheet of paper or submitted by e-mail.

The winner will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and will be recognized at the annual Absalom Jones Day celebration on February 6, 2010 in Pittsburgh.

For more information about the contest and details on how to apply, visit the Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest website.

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