What is the Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest?

Each year the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh celebrates the life and work of Absalom Jones (1746-1818), the first African-American priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, USA.

In conjunction with this event, the Commission on Racism of the Episcopal Church sponsors a literary contest named for the late Frank E. Bolden, a noted Pittsburgh-based African-American journalist. The contest is open to all middle and senior high school students in Allegheny County. A $100 US Savings Bond will be awarded to the author of the winning entry at the Absalom Jones Day Celebration to be held at Trinity Cathedral on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

The contest is on the subject of racism with a specific theme. This year's theme is:

"We are all sisters and all brothers with one Father."

Students are invited to submit a literary work that describes or gives an example(s) of the theme, either from the past, present or future. Entries may be essays, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, and will be judged on originality, clarity, and composition. The maximum length is 200 words and should be typed double-spaced.

What to include?
All entries must include the following information: author's name, age, grade, school, teacher's name. Also include the author's home address, phone number, e-mail address, hobbies and interests, extra-curricular activities, and plans for the future.

How to submit?
Entries may be submitted two ways:

e-mail entries to dpowell2010@hotmail.com

or mail entries to: Literary Contest, PO Box 419, Oakmont, PA 15139

Entries must be post marked no later than January 20, 2012

If you have any questions about the contest, please call one of the following:
Al Mann 412-661-5947
Nancy Travis Bolden 412-683-8888
Darrell Powell 412-828-0502

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