Historical Fiction Writing Contest for Mesa 4th-6th Graders

Mesa, AZ – The Mesa Historic Preservation Board is sponsoring a Historical Fiction Writing Contest for all fourth-grade, fifth-grade and sixth-grade students living in the City of Mesa regardless whether the school is public, private, charter or home.  It will provide students the opportunity to learn more about Mesa’s history and practice their writing skills as they create a fictional story around a historic event in the City.  The contest is open until Nov. 14.

The essay must be a fictional story with real and imaginary characters on a historical event in World War II at one of Mesa’s military air fields at Falcon Field or Williams Air Force Base or on the history of the Mesa Grande ruins.  Mesa Historic Preservation Board members will judge the essays on historical accuracy, writing and creativity.

Each essay must reflect the student’s own research, writing and original thinking.  The essay will be a maximum of 750 words in length and may be typed or neatly written.  Copies can be sent to:

John Wesley
Acting Historic Preservation Officer
City of Mesa
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ  85211-1466

Essays must be postmarked on or before the contest deadline of Nov. 14, 2013.  Essays will not be returned to the author as they become property of the Mesa Historic Preservation Board.  They can also be sent by email to john.wesley@mesaaz.gov.

Every contestant will receive a certificate of participation. Results will be available the first of February and the top three essay writers will be recognized at a Mesa City Council meeting.  For more information and to obtain an entry form, visitwww.mesaaz.gov/planning/HistoricPreservation.aspx/

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