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A Bunch of People and the McCloskey Project 

 Writing in 150 writing competition. 

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Registration Form 

Attention all writers, be ye of novel or essay, poem or song, spoken word or play, come join us for the 2nd Annual  writing competition - Writing in 150. The competition works like this: 


  1. The .pdf file above must be downloaded completed and sent to the email or snail mail address listed in the Form. Deadline to enter the competition is 5:00 pm EST on March 26, 2020.

  2. There are three (3) Age Categories: 10-14 yrs., 15-20 yrs.,  21 + yrs.

  3. Participants are invited to write in one of the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, song or short play.

  4. The word count limit is 1000 words maximum (but can be less).

  5. All Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Play and Spoken Word contestants must bring their paper and pen/pencil or fully charged laptop and a set of ear plugs (this is if you research anything online during the competition).

  6. For Song Writing, all contestants are to work from home or another space of their choosing. They will be emailed the subject matter at the appointed time. It is expect the music will have been conceived of prior and the writing on the day is the lyrics and putting it together with the music. all participants must bring their own instrument, amp and ear plugs to plug into the amp to hear themselves. This includes any acoustic instruments.

  7. When the competition starts, each writing genre group is given a theme on which to write ie. Water or Courage or Survival  etc..../these amazing examples are now out of the running :- (

  8. Writers can be solo, duos or groups (each person must register and pay the $25)

  9. Writers have 2 1/2 hours to write. Please note: Song writer's are expected to come in with the music already composed (you will write the lyrics and put it together with the music in 2 1/2 hours), so that you have enough time. 

  10. After which, the judges read the works and deliberate. During this time, the spoken word and songs will be performed in front of judges. After which, writers will read from their works. The public is invited to attend this portion, as well as the announcement of the winners.

  11. The winners will be published in a book by a local publisher, which will include a download link to the Spoken Word and Song winners.

The cost to enter: 25$, which includes a light snacks (drinks not included).


  1. Please note: Each age category within each genre must have 2 writers competing, if not we will cancel that category and refund your money​

The winners of the 2019 Writing in 150 writing competition are:

Fiction 10-14 yr. (Theme: ILLUSION)            1st Place: Isaac Poirier

Fiction 21+ yrs. (Theme: ESCAPE)               1st Place: (tied) Marnie Fossit and Jennifer Pretty
                                                            2nd Place: (tied)Taylor White and Sabrina Ventrella

Non-Fiction 21+ yrs. (Theme: COURAGE     1st place: Paul Stockton
                                                            2nd Place: (tied) Terry McDonald and Carolyn Thompson Goddard

Poetry 21+ yrs. (Theme: SALVATION)           1st Place: Frances Ilgunas
                                                            2nd Place: Brian Talmey

Short Play 21+ yrs. (Theme: HUNGER)        1st Place: Sandra McNeil
                                                            2nd Place: Patrick Burger

Spoken Word 21+ yrs. (Theme: SURVIVAL)    Harmony Koiter

Song Writing 21+ yrs (Theme: WATER)        1st Place: Tony Glen
                                                            2nd Place: Rick Ventrella

               CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

To see who the 

Judges were

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Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News