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Calling all 8th Graders: Creative Writing Contest Now Open for Submissions

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 4, 2022) - The 34th annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest is open for entries from young writers. The theme for this essay competition is "How Can Art and Music Change Our Lives?" This contest is open to eighth graders in South Florida. The Creative Writing Contest is co-sponsored by the South Florida Writers Association. Submissions must be received online or postmarked by March 18, 2022. The top 10 finalists, their families, and teachers will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Coral Gables Museum on April 10th from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Chair Jennifer Forbes and Director Anthony Broad lead the Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest. We welcome entries of up to 500 words. Essays will be judged on criteria that include attention to theme, originality, and depth of meaning. Essays can be submitted on the Creative Writing event page at

The three winning students and their teachers will receive a total of $2300 in cash awards and prizes. Winning essays will be published in the Author's Voice newsletter of the South Florida Writers Association. Winning students will be featured on a MiamiLit podcast. 

The Creative Writing Committee thanks the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Coral Gables Museum, Books & Books, MiamiLit, and Haiku Society of America for their generous support as event sponsors. 

For 73 years, the Junior Orange Bowl's mission is "Empowering Our Youth." They serve the South Florida Community and the youth of the world by providing competitive athletic, artistic and multicultural experiences. The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, exclusive healthcare provider Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Orange Bowl. 

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