The After School Arts Program in Washington, which serves northwestern Connecticut, will soon present its 11th annual Celebration of Young Writers.

The special event showcases the work of young writers from across the state of Connecticut.

All public, private, and home-schooled children in grades K-12 are encouraged to participate in the literary project.

A panel of judges will select exceptional pieces of writing through a blind process where all names and schools are removed.

This year’s celebration will be held at The Gunnery in Washington and hosted by a surprise guest celebrity.

Selected students will be center stage as they read their selected pieces.

The evening will conclude with one outstanding teacher being awarded The Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

The deadline for submissions for the Celebration of Young Writers and nominations/applications for the Frank McCourt Prize in Excellence for Teaching is April 1.

For information on how all writings must be submitted, or to make a nomination for the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching, visit