Participation requires the creation of an original written work inspired by the contest theme/topic and is open to all youth in grades 6-12 within Los Angeles County.

Guidelines for entry: Creative writing must be an original work in the form of a poem, song, story, essay, etc., and not previously published. Entry must be typed on paper, not exceeding one page.

Judging is based on creativity, originality, clarity of the writing, and incorporation of the theme. Only one entry per participant.

Participant must include: On same page or separately: Grade level. Participant’s full name.

Participant’s home mailing address.Participant’s home or mobile phone number, & email address.

School or Organization’s name & address. Teacher’s full name, telephone number, and email. Title of entry.

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2011.

All questions and concerns related to the contest should be directed towards the City of Los Angeles at (213) 202-5545.