Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Exciting New Literary Contest for Young Women by Author Stephanie Dray

As a writer, I’m always thrilled to hear about events that encourage young people to write. In today’s world of texting and instant messaging, I worry that good writing -- and the desire to write -- will soon become a lost art. So, I wanted to share the news with you of a contest being sponsored by author Stephanie Dray, whose debut novel, Lily of the Nile, just came out.

Stay tuned because I’ll be reviewing Lily of the Nile in the future. I’m really looking forward to reading this history-based novel, which unveils the little-known story of Princess Selene, daughter of the famous lovers Queen Cleopatra and Roman general Mark Antony. One of the goals of this book for Stephanie was to encourage young women to learn from the past and to transcend the expectations of society to create a better tomorrow.

With that mission in mind, she founded The Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women. It is an international writing contest aimed at discovering and mentoring aspiring young female writers. The contest is divided into two categories: ages 13 through 18, and ages 19 through 22. Contestants are asked to expand upon the universal themes found within Lily of the Nile by creatively relating them to their own lives. Categories include poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, and short stories.

The prizes are amazing! Contestants have the opportunity to compete for a grand prize in both age groups -- a choice between a Kindle Reader or $100 -- along with a month-long mentorship with Stephanie Dray as well as a personalized critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates. In addition, every finalist in the contest will receive an Ankh charm -- the Egyptian symbol of life.

I’m really excited about this contest, and I hope you’ll help me spread the word to all girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 22. If you know of a teacher with students in that age range, please forward this to them. Additional information about Stephanie Dray and the Cleopatra Literary Contest can be found on Stephanie Dray’s website at

DISCLOSURE: I will be receiving a review copy of this book for a future review. No financial compensation has been provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.


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