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February 01, 2011

LITTLE ROCK - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today invited students in Arkansas schools to submit entries in three annual contests that are sponsored by the Attorney General's Office.

Entries are due this month for participants in the 2011 Youth Suicide Prevention PSA contest, the Youth Suicide Prevention poetry contest and the Child Safety poster contest.

Students in all Arkansas public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students, are eligible to enter submissions in the contests. For the Public Service Announcement contest, entries must be postmarked by Feb. 14. 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 also must be postmarked by Feb. 14. Poetry entries 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.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are encouraged to enter the Child Safety Poster contest. Poster entries must be postmarked by Feb. 22. The 8 1/2-inch-by-14-inch posters must have the theme of "Bring Our Missing Children Home" written on the entry. Awards will be given to first-, second-, and third-place winners in each grade during a ceremony in Little Rock in May.

For official rules and required entry forms for all three contests, visit the Attorney General's website at For more information, call (501) 682-1020 or (800) 448-3014.

Poetry contest entries may also be submitted via the Internet at