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Writing contest for youths

Fantasy tales from youth could see print. The Mercer Island Reporter, Mercer Island Library, Island Books and the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department are holding a writing contest for children and teens in three age groups: 10-12; 13-15; and 16-19.

First-place winners from each age group will have their stories printed in the Mercer Island Reporter and win other prizes.

Rules:

? Stories can be about any place, person, creature or anything you can imagine. Entries must be original work. Please, no characters or details taken from other books.

? Under 500 words

? Typed, double-spaced in 12-point font on regular-size paper

? Include the author's name, address, phone number and birth date on a separate title page

Stories should begin with the following phrase: ``Across the shimmering waters, the island... .''

Winners will be announced at the ``Harry Potter'' outdoor film on July 15 at Mercerdale Park.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Friday, June 3. Send entries to:

Mercer Island Public Library

c/o Daniel Masler

Enchanted Island Writing Contest

4400 88th Ave. S.E.

Mercer Island, WA 98040

Call Daniel Masler at 236-3537 for more information.

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