Denver Post Student Writing Challenge!

This is an article from the Denver Post dated January 29th. It was written by Barbara Ellis and comes from Page 4D

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I recently had lunch with a brilliant man. He was one of our Colorado Voices columnists for 2011. He showed me several essays he had already written in anticipation of his turn on the pages of The Denver Post.
His writing was thoughtful, his sentences solid. He had passion, and great ideas. He had talent.
What he didn’t have was an opinion.
In the 13 years that The Post has sponsored the writing program, it’s something that comes up quite often.
So I give my writers a tip: Come up with one sentence that expresses an opinion. Then write some 650 more words to support that sentence.
Of course, not every newspaper columnist writes that way, and not every column has a clear-cut opinion. Powerful points of view, effective observations, and subtle persuasion can accomplish the same thing. But that tip certainly helps our Colorado Voices writers take their observations, reporting or ranting to another level.
That said, we’re hoping you’ll want to be among our readers who want to compete for the opportunity to get your opinions aired in The Denver Post. And this year, with more emphasis on social media, we’ll be utilizing Twitter and Facebook to give more of you opportunities to participate and share your opinions with readers.
Keep in mind that this program is intended to broaden the local voices we offer in The Denver Post, so your opinions on world peace, while valuable, are less attractive to us than how you would start to solve the state’s budget crisis. We want writers who can give us insights on what is happening in their communities, and the people in them.

Here are some rules:
1. Send us two examples of your writing, each around 650 words, and a cover letter that gives us an idea of who you are and what you could contribute to the pages of The Post.

2. Include the basics: name, address, phone number. (That data will not be used for any other purpose than this contest.)

3. If you’re a student, please note that in the subject line. We like to judge you separately, giving writers with less life experience a fair shot.

4. E-mail your entries and cover letter to   (we prefer straight text rather than attachments). Or mail them to Mary Idler, Denver Post Editorial Page, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 600, Denver, CO 80202.

5. Deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 21, at5p.m.

In April, we’ll announce the winners, who will be asked to submit up to six columns for print and online. (The Post does not pay stipends for writers in the program.)
For an idea of what previous Colorado Voices columnists wrote, go to
And if writing columns isn’t your thing, consider a letter to the editor (maximum 150 words, sent to  ) or a guest commentary (maximum 650 words, sent to  ).
Your opinions are valuable. Bring ’em on.
E-mail Barbara Ellis at  .


Please let me know if this is something you are interested in doing. I would love to see one of our students’ articles grace the pages of the Denver Post.

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