MSA students receive honors in prestigious writing competition

Brookhaven, MS – The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) congratulates junior and senior literary artists for receiving 121 total awards in the 2023 Regional Scholastic Writing Competition.  These talented young artists will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the Eudora Welty House in Jackson, Mississippi in April.

Students from all over Mississippi competed in the Mississippi Regional Competition. Categories included critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay and memoir, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, short story, and for seniors only, writing portfolio which is for a body of work.. The submissions are juried by artists in the field. Among the thousands of writings submitted, only a small percentage will go to the national level. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. American Voices and Gold Key recipients will advance to the national competition.

MSA is an 11th and 12th grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school located on the historic Whitworth College campus in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Students not only meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum, they receive special instruction in visual arts, vocal music, dance, literary arts, filmmaking/media arts and theatre.  Students interested in MSA apply in February of their sophomore year. In addition to MSA students consistently winning awards for their work on the state, regional and national levels, the school holds the No.  2 highest ACT average in the state.

Students in 10th grade can contact Admissions about applying.

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