For the 10th year, the Robbins Library is sponsoring "Arlington Reads Together": The community is encouraged to read the same book and participate in programs related to the themes of the book. This year’s title is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Entries for the writing contest connected to the community read were accepted through Monday, Oct. 1.
In this novel a major plot point is that Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, stops in midsentence. After years of wondering how it ends and wanting to know what happened to the characters, she takes extreme steps to find answers to her questions.
Do you have a book that leaves you hanging in a similar way? Or perhaps your favorite book has an ending that you just don’t like.
Here’s your chance to write a better ending. Submit a new conclusion or epilogue to a book for a chance to win a prize.
Age categories are:
Adult (18+): 1,500 words maximum
Prize: Arlington Dinner and a Movie Package
$25 Gift Certificates to Za and Tango Restaurants in Arlington, accompanied by four movie passes to the Capitol Theater.
Teen (high school): 1,500 words maximum
Prize: One free spot in a six-week Teen Writing Workshop at the prestigious Grub Street in downtown Boston. Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the United States.
Grades 6-8: 1,000 words maximum
Prize: Autographed copies of prize-winning books, including 2011 the Newbery Award Winner, Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos, as well as two free movie passes to the Capitol Theater.
Grades 3-5: 1000 words maximum
Prize: Autographed copies of popular graphic novels by Jef Czejak and Jarrett Krosoczka, as well as two free movie passes to the Capitol Theater.
Up to 2nd grade: 1,000 words maximum
Prize: Autographed copy of an award-winning picture book and four free passes to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Mass.
Entries will be judged by a panel of community members. Winners will be announced in October and will have an opportunity to read their winning entries at the prize reception.
Entries will be available for the public to read, but you have the option of withholding your name from the public copy. Pick up your paper entry form at the Reference Desk, Children's Department or the Fox branch. Or submit your entry online at http://bit.ly/R7mgEc