Media Release


Monday, August 06, 2012
For Immediate Release

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993


Clark County High School Students Invited To Enter “Spark!” Poetry Contest
Winners To Receive Cash Prize And Recite Their Poems At 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival


Clark County high school students are invited to enter the “Spark!” poetry contest sponsored by the Vegas Valley Book Festival (VVBF). Winners will receive a cash prize of $100, $200 or $300. Eligible students in grades 9-12 will be judged both on their poems and on their recitation. Finalists will recite their poems at the book festival Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Poetry Fountain Courtyard at the Historic Fifth Street School, followed by the award presentations.

Guidelines can be downloaded from the book festival website at, or picked up at the Nevada Arts Council office at 2755 E. Desert Inn Road, Suite 155, beginning Aug. 26. Submittal deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 5, 2012. For more information, call Maryjane Dorofachuk at (702) 486-3738.

The largest literary event in Southern Nevada, the VVBF is scheduled for Nov. 1-3, 2012. Most events will take place at the Historic Fifth Street School, located downtown at 401 S. Fourth St., and the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Many pre-festival events are planned through the year at a variety of locations. The VVBF is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute; AIGA, Las Vegas chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. For more information, go online to or call (702) 229-5431.


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