Essay Contest: Win a Spot in a Writing Workshop Taught by David Abrams

Words After War Essay Contest

DEADLINE: Midnight. September 23, 2013.

Info on workshop: 10/4/2013. 1PM @ the Marlboro Graduate Center in Brattleboro, VT.

Send entries to:

Lookout essay contest

We want know what this picture says to you, what it makes you think, how it makes you feel. Be imaginative. If we like your essay, you win the spot. Be creative. Be honest. Be brief. Write an essay up to 500 words around this picture, around this place. The winner receives a full tuition award ($75 dollar value).

David Abrams is the author of Fobbit, a comedy about the Iraq War which was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2012. He earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He retired from active-duty after serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years. He now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife.

Words After War is an emerging literary organization with a mission to offer fully-funded opportunities for veterans, their families and civilian supporters to share their stories. Words After War aims to build a supportive creative community through writing workshops, studio retreats and literary mentorships. The organization was co-founded by writers Brandon Willitts (Marlboro ’12) and Mike McGrath, who aim to change the national conversation around veteran issues by including civilians in that conversation.

Disclaimer: This contest is open to anybody, both veterans and civilians. We only ask that contestants be mindful of the workshop’s location (Brattleboro, Vermont). Since the tuition award does not include transportation costs, please consider your schedule, budget and geography when applying.

Good luck.

– Brandon and Mike


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