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Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center announces youth writing, art contest

Open call for Contra Costa middle and high school students

The Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center recently announced its 19th annual art and writing contest is now accepting submissions, open to all Contra Costa County middle and high school students.

The topic for the contest is "Cherish these natural wonders," which refers to global warming and climate change, organizers said.

"Use your unique, artistic voice, create a visual and/or literary interpretation of cherishing and protecting the natural wonders and resources of our planet to raise our voice and stop climate change," said Margli Auclair, executive director of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center.

The three categories in which applicants have the option to submit their work are essay, creative writing or art.

For the creative writing category, students may enter an original poem, story or play. Under the art category, any art entry is allowed including photography, sculpture and video.

For middle school applicants, writing entries must be a maximum of 750 words, and for high schoolers, a maximum of 1,000 words.

Those students entering the art contest must mail their entry to the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center's address and any video entries need to be mailed in a DVD.

The middle school grand-prize winner will win $250 and the high school grand-prize winner will take home $500. Prizes are also available to other top finishers.

The submission deadline is April 22 and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 21.

For more information on entering the contest, visit its webpage.

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