CONTEST ENTRIES NOW DUE FEB. 22

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February 11, 2011

LITTLE ROCK -- Because of recent inclement weather and school closings, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that entries in the 2011 Youth Suicide Prevention PSA contest and the Youth Suicide Prevention poetry contest will now be accepted until Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Entries had previously been due to be postmarked by Feb. 14. Now, they must be postmarked or submitted to the Attorney General's Office by Feb. 22.

Students now have a one-week extension for entries in the contests. Students in all Arkansas public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students, are eligible to enter. For the Public Service Announcement contest, all video and audio formats are accepted. The PSA must be either 30 seconds or 60 seconds and must depict the importance of youth suicide prevention as it relates to teenagers.

Entries for the Youth Suicide Prevention poetry contest must be between 30 and 100 words. Judges will evaluate entries based on criteria such as originality, emotional impact and adherence to this year's theme: "Keeping More Than Dreams Alive." Prizes will be awarded in two divisions: Grades 6 through 9 and Grades 10 through 12.

Winners in both the PSA and poetry contests will be awarded cash prizes and trophies during a ceremony in April. In addition, the two Arkansas schools with the highest percentage of student participation in the contests will earn $500 prizes.

For more information, visit the Attorney General's website at www.arkansasag.gov, or call (501) 682-1020 or (800) 448-3014.

Poetry contest entries may also be submitted via the Internet at www.arkansasag.gov/poetry_submission_form.html .

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