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2017 Acorn Journalism Contest

Sunday, October 1 - Saturday, October 14

As part of our 2017 One City One Book Program, and in partnership with the Thousand Oaks Acorn, write and submit a factual article about a post-civil war era event.    Deadline for submissions is October 14th.

So you want to be a news reporter?  Here’s your chance!  As part of our 2017 One City One Book Program, and in partnership with the Thousand Oaks Acorn, just write and submit an article about a post-civil war era event.  The top three winners will be published in the Thousand Oaks Acorn! 

Contest Rules:

  1. No age limit.
  2. No library membership required to participate.
  3. Families and staff of the Thousand Oaks Library and Thousand Oaks Acorn are ineligible.
  4. One entry per person – Limited to 400 words.
  5. Article may fall into one of three categories:
    1. World News
    2. U.S. News
    3. Human Interest
  6. Topic must historically be from 1865-1885.
  7. Text only – no photographs.
  8. Article must be a verifiable, historical fact.
  9. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM, October 14th, 2017.
  10. Entries will be judged by the Acorn editorial staff – All decisions are final.
  11. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 26th, 2017.
  12. Final top three winners will have their articles published in the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

Entry Submission:

  1. Entries must be submitted during business hours and in person to any information desk at either the Grant R. Brimhall Library or the Newbury Park Branch Library.
  2. Entries may be submitted from October 1st, 2017 through October 14th, 2017.  The final deadline for submissions will be 5:00 PM, Saturday, October 14th, 2017.
  3. Entries must be submitted as a printed or typed hardcopy.  No electronic submissions.
  4. Entries must include the following information:
    1. Name
    2. Date
    3. Address
    4. Phone number
    5. Signature
    6. Email (Optional)
  5. All personal contact information will remain confidential.
  6. Entrants may be required to sign a release (permission to publish, statement of originality, etc…)
  7. Entries submitted by patrons who are under 18 years of age must include a parent/guardian signature as well.
  8. All entries will remain the property of the Thousand Oaks Acorn.
  9. Entries should be submitted in a newspaper format, not an essay format.  For example:

On Wednesday, July 15th, 1868 at 8:30 AM, the Carson City Stage was robbed 12 miles east of Carson City, Nevada along Old Creek Road.  Witnesses Abigail Benton, Theodore Fletcher and Jedediah Smith state that three masked assailants approached the stage on foot and held the driver and all four occupants at gunpoint.  No injuries were reported, however the outlaws fled with over $2200 in cash, jewelry, firearms and personal effects. 

Law enforcement officials, led by Sheriff Samuel  B. Taylor have organized an armed posse and are seeking the public’s assistance in bringing these criminals to justice.  The three robbers are described as 5’8” to 5’11” in height, of medium build, with a ruddy complexion and dark brown hair.  One of the men has a prominent scar below his left eye and another walks with a substantial limp.  All three men were wearing dungarees and black shirts. 

Those with information may respond to the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.  A $250 reward is being offered by the citizens of Carson for information leading to the capture of these dangerous bandits. 

“When we open a book together, we close it in greater harmony.”