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CGA Creative Writing Books: Pre-Order Now

March 4, 2010

Did you miss the event? Check out the pictures by clicking here.
Want to order your own copy of the book? You may do so directly from the publisher.

The book will contain all finalists, including both 1st place winners and honorable mentions.

All books pre-ordered will be distributed at the Book Release Party on
April 8, 2010

Commons (Cafeteria) & Lecture Hall
Coppell High School

1st place recipients and honorable mentions will be honored at this event.

  • Plan now to attend the party to pickup your book, meet the judges, autograph your work.
  • Invite your family, teachers and friends.
  • 1st Place winners will have the opportunity to present a brief (3 minute) excerpt of their winning entry.
  • To join in the fun, pre-order your book by March 22, 2010. Any books ordered after March 22 are not guaranteed to be delivered by the April 8 party.
  • $17. each book, including tax and shipping (1st place winners will receive one complimentary copy) before March 24, 2010.
    Books will be $20 plus shipping after March 22.

    If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Chappell.

Check out the pictures from the event and book ordering information by clicking here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. cgaprograms permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:33 am

    I have received a question about why we charge for books. We are always open to suggestions about how to improve our events and we appreciate the question. In case others of you are curious, I wanted to provide my response.

    Thank you for contacting me about your concerns. I completely agree with you — we wish we could provide the book for free for everyone. However, the books cost a significant amount to print (the books contain over 400 pages and are professionally bound and printed). CGA does not make money off the creative writing competition — in fact, it costs CGA money. We pay our judges (who are authors and educators) a small stipend to thank them for the time spent reviewing the many entries. We purchase a book for the 1st place recipients to honor their accomplishment. We also provide a copy of the book to Dr. Turner and the school board so they can see the amazing talent of our young authors.

    We feel that the competition should be free — young authors get to submit their entries to writing professionals and receive their award certificates without paying any entry fee. Students’ names are posted on the website to give them recognition and many schools honor the kids on their campus. We offer the book as a keepsake of their accomplishment and its purchase is not required for participation.

    However, we do feel that offering the book is an extraordinary part of the competition. A book gives these students the thrill of seeing their work in print. It gives them a tangible way to preserve and memorialize their work.

    We will showcase the 1st place entries on the website and post their stories for others to read (and will do so after we get the book to the publisher). We are concerned about providing access to personal information about the students to the general public, so we post these entries in the “members only” section of our website.

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