Young Writers Founder On CNN World News Sunday

November 11, 2006

LITCHFIELD, Ct. Nov. 10, 2006 – Litchfield resident Jim Irwin, founder of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – as well as young writers awards in the United States, Europe and Asia – is scheduled as a featured guest with CNN World News on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The live segment, scheduled for about six minutes, will be broadcast worldwide except in the United States. A transcript will be posted at http://www.ctyoungwriters.org as soon as it becomes available. Irwin will be interviewed from London’s CNN studios by anchor Ralitsa Vassileva from Atlanta. The broadcast is scheduled for 6 p.m. in London.

The IMPAC-Connecticut State University Young Writers Trust — celebrating its 10th year — invites Connecticut’s poets and young writers to enter its annual competition. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Trust’s homepage, http://www.ctyoungwriters.org The CSU System mailed entry forms to all public, private and parochial secondary schools this fall. Students ages 13-18 during the school year are eligible. About 3,500 young writers have competed in the IMPAC-CSU program, which has awarded more than $135,000 since 1998.

IMPAC, a leading productivity firm, also endows the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which at 100,000 Euros is the world’s largest prize for a single work of fiction. The Dublin Award [www.impacdublinaward.ie] announced its 2007 longlist this week. The 2003 winner, Orhan Pamuk, won this year’s Nobel Prize for literature.

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