NEWBURYPORT — The Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center has selected the winners in its first city-wide writing contest.
The contest, funded by the Newburyport Commisison for Diversity and Tolerance, invited Newburyport teens and senior citizens to write and submit short essays on the topic of “Identity.”
By selecting this topic, the Emma Andrews aimed to create a city-wide, intergenerational conversation on issues related to personal identity, and writers were encouraged to pen essays about age, national origin, social class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, family — or any sub-topic that spoke to the theme. The writing contest offered prizes in two categories: Teens (under 18) and Seniors (62-plus).
After an impressively high standard of entries, the judges have now selected three winners in the teen and senior category. They are:
TEEN: first place: Clayton Vye; second place: Sarah Jacqz; third place: John Baribeault.
In the teen category, there were three honorable mentions (not in order of merit): Rachel Haley, Miriam McClung, Megan Little.
SENIOR (62-plus): first place: John Carroll; second place: Joyce Lee; third place: Linda Geary-Keenan.
To encourage a diverse range of submissions, the Emma Andrews reached out to senior groups, schools and youth groups across the city.
On Sunday, the Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center will host a public awards event and a reading by both the teen and senior writers. The public reading aims to encourage Newburyporters — young and not so young — discussing the issues of identity and how we define ourselves, our community and our place within it.
The event will be held at the Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center, 77 Purchase St., from 3 to 5 p.m.
The event is free of charge, and refreshments will be served.