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CALLING ALL YOUNG WRITERS – CLAREMONT REVIEW MAGAZINE LAUNCHES 2006 WRITING CONTEST

(Victoria, BC – February 6, 2006) The Claremont Review, the non-profit Victoria-based literary magazine and AbeBooks.com are looking for talented youngsters with a passion for the written word to enter the magazine’s 2006 writing contest.

AbeBooks.com, the Victoria-based online marketplace for new and used books, is supporting and sponsoring the event for the second successive year. The contest has two categories - poetry and short stories - and showcases writing talent across North America.

Any budding poets or fiction writers from 13 to 19 years old can enter. Last year, there were more than 600 entrants – a record number.

All winning entries will be published in The Claremont Review’s fall edition. The three winners in both categories will receive prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively and a selection of collectible books from the AbeBooks site. All entrants receive a one year subscription to the magazine.

Contestants can supply one story or three poems per entry. The closing date is March 15th and writers can log on to www.theclaremontreview.ca for entry details. AbeBooks.com will also carry details about the contest.

Canada’s Lee Danielle Hubbard swept the board last year, winning the poetry and short story categories.

Susan Stenson, co-editor of The Review, said: "By teaming up with AbeBooks, we now attract entries from across North America. Each year, we are astounded by the quality and originality of the submissions. Creative writing is alive and well in the hands of these young people."

Lisa Stevens, VP of marketing at AbeBooks.com, said: "Once again, we are happy to help The Claremont Review develop young literary talent. The quality of the writing submitted is truly impressive and it’s exciting to help young people with such passion for the written word."

The Claremont Review, launched in March 1992, is run by unpaid volunteers who act as co-editors. It has been acclaimed across North America for nurturing young writers and poets.

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