The Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations, along with Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, D-Lenox and Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, D-Pittsfield and in conjunction with the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development announce a writing contest for community reflection upon the ten-year anniversary of September 11.
Writers should address a dimension of the theme, “Diversity strengthens our community.” Authors could address the intervening ten years from different perspectives: the lessons we have learned as a community from living with diversity, how diversity contributes to community stability and community peace, or describe the ways a diverse community has contributed to personal growth.
The contest is open to anyone who lives in Berkshire County. Students can enter in one of two categories: Grades 4 through 8 and Grades 9 through 12, based upon their entering grade in September. Up to five entries, including student entries, will be selected by a panel of judges from the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations and civic leaders. Winning entries will be read at the City’s community reflection event on Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 PM. If they desire, winners can read their own entry at that event.
Entries should not exceed 500 words. They can be essays, poems, short stories, or other genres. All entries should include the author’s name and contact information including: mailing address, a telephone number where the panel can reach the author, and an e-mail address if one is available. Student entries should include the grade and school. Entries should be typed. Entries must be received by Saturday, August 13, for consideration. Entries should be sent to PACC – September 11 Reflection, Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Entries will not be returned.