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Young Saturday ‘Visiter’ competition kicks off for Maryland high school writers

BALTIMORE — What better time than October for a writing contest for work inspired by Edgar Allan Poe? Poe Baltimore and the Baltimore National Heritage Area are hosting the Second Annual Young Saturday ‘Visiter' Awards. The free competition is open to all Maryland high school student-creators who are inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's life and works. Submissions are due on Monday, Oct. 31. All media and genres, including digital or web-based works, are eligible. For competition details and to apply, visit: https://poefestinternational.com/young-sva . In 1833, Edgar Allan Poe submitted a short story to the weekly The Baltimore Saturday ‘Visiter' and won the competition, which helped propel his career. The Saturday ‘Visiter' Awards are named for this life-changing experience. Applicants may submit works for one of two categories: “Adaptations of E.A. Poe's Life or Works” or “Original Works Inspired by E.A. Poe's Life and Writing.” Submissions will be evaluated by: Shauntee Daniels, executive director, Baltimore National Heritage Area Maya Wilson, educator, Baltimore City Schools and Baltimore National Heritage Area Michael Coleman, board member, Poe Baltimore Category nominees of the Young Saturday ‘Visiter' Awards will be announced Nov. 30. One winner in each category will be announced Jan. 19 during a special ceremony at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore, where Poe is buried. Poe Baltimore is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to fund, maintain and interpret The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, and to celebrate the legacy of one of Baltimore's most famous residents. Learn more at www.poeinbaltimore.org […]

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