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7/3/2013 3:20:00 PM
C'mon, Othello: Let's get fictional, fictional

I've always been a writer. I remember the first time I got something I wrote into an actual newspaper (my school newspaper didn't count, of course). I wrote a story about our school play for the neighboring town's weekly.
I was thrilled to see my name in print, my words on the page.
I was hooked. Living in a smaller town like Othello, it's pretty easy to get your name or picture in the paper. Hang out at a community event, do well in school, score a goal in the big game and you're pretty likely to see yourself the next week in the pages of our newspaper.
There a difference, though, in seeing your name and seeing your words.
There's something magic, at least to me, about having something you wrote or created printed for everyone to see.
Which is why I'm so very excited to announce a new page, coming soon to our newspaper. Just once a month, as space permits, this new page will be called Creative Corner and we are asking for input from the community.
I want to feature fictional short stories, essays, poems, drawings, photographs and more. Anything you can think of, we want to hear from you. We can't run everything, but the number of submissions we get will determine whether or not we can get this page up and running.
Age doesn't matter. A poem written for a second-grade class will get the same consideration as a painting done by a senior citizen.
This is our way of helping to showcase all the remarkable talent we have in Othello. I've been to talent shows from elementary up to high school. I've seen sports stars and academic all-stars get recognition from their parents, teachers and peers. But maybe the next Charles Dickens or Maya Angelou is hiding in the crowds of Othello residents. Sure, getting your work in the newspaper may not get you noticed by a big publishing company or get your painting put up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but it will give you a way to see your work printed in an actual publication. It will give you something to send off to grandma or post on Facebook for your friends to see. You can put your work on the fridge maybe, instead of just that of your kids.
You can also turn to the page each month to see what secret talents your friends and neighbors have been hiding.
Remember, we can't have this page if people from the community don't contribute to it. Well, we can, but I don't think you guys want to read another piece of fiction by me every month. So keep my work limited by submitting your own. Email or call 488-3342 for more information.

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