Student writing from the Merced County Writing Festival is on display this week through May 10 at the Merced Mall.
The writing festival, established in 1984, has 40 different categories in both prose and poetry. A panel of teachers from each participating school judges entries over a one-week period.
At the beginning of each school year, teachers have access to a handbook that lists about 40 different categories in both prose and poetry. A gold medal is given for the best entry in prose and the best entry in poetry at each grade level.
There are 10 criteria used for judging – including clarity, organization, completeness and editing, precision and creativity, among other standards.
From 64 entries in 1984 to nearly 3,000 entries this year, the Merced County Writing Festival touches the lives of more and more young people every year, said a press release from the Merced County Office of Education.
For more information on the festival, call Stacie Arancibia at (209) 381-5910.