Laura Schaefer writing contest opens for teens

Deadline to enter is April 1

Teens with writing talents are invited to create an entry for a county-wide writing contest now open.

Laura Schaefer, Hood River Valley High School Class of 2004, loved literature and stories of all kinds and was a devoted writer. In Laura’s memory, her brother and sister, with the support of family and many friends in the community, hold this writing contest to foster creative writing in the community that helped Laura develop her love for the craft.

The Laura Douglass Schaefer Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation offers a $500 prize for outstanding original writing submitted by a high school student in Hood River County.


Eligible entrants are residents of and currently enrolled as high school students in Hood River County; one entry per entrant. Only the first received entry will be considered.

2013 Criteria

Entries must be 1,000-4,000 words in length and be a modern-day fairy tale or fable.


Entrants must submit original creative literature matching the contest criteria to no later than noon, April 1.


All contest terms will be available online at and from HRVHS English teachers and counselors. Entrants grant the Gorge Community Foundation first publication rights should they win, and retain all other rights to their submission.


Entries must be in Standard Manuscript Format (see with the important exception that all personal information be restricted to a cover sheet. All entries must be in digital .rtf format.


Patty Rowan, Peter Schaefer and Virginia Euwer Wolff will judge entries on general merit and adherence to the contest conditions. The judges will select one winner and up to three honorable mentions. If the judges find no entry worthy, no prize will be given.


There are no fees.


The Fund awards the contest winner $500 and honorable mentions receive $100. In addition, the winning entry will be published on the Gorge Community Foundation website at

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