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Gifford Foundation funds Stone Canoe arts awards for high school students

March 04, 2010

Eileen Jevis
(315) 443-3527

Stone Canoe, a Journal of Arts and Ideas from Upstate New York, will offer a new set of prizes for its 2011 edition, designed specifically for Syracuse City School District (SCSD) high school students. Funded by the Gifford Foundation, the prizes will be awarded in four categories, conforming to the four primary content areas featured in the journal: visual arts, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Students currently in grades 9, 10 and 11 in the SCSD will be eligible to submit entries. The prize winners in each category will receive a certificate and a cash award of $500, and their entries will be published in Stone Canoe Number 5, scheduled for publication in January 2011. The winners will also be recognized at the annual Stone Canoe publication launch and awards reception in late January 2011.

The deadline for students to submit entries is Sept. 30. Winning entries will be decided by Oct. 30, in time for inclusion in the 2011 issue of the journal. Judges for the awards will be the editors of the past and current issues of the journal; all of whom are experts in their respective fields. All entries must be sent to the journal via the website,  

Applicants may submit one poem, one short story, one nonfiction piece or one photograph of a work of art in any medium. Teachers may assist in preparing the documents for submission. Digital cameras will be available in the schools for students who are interested in submitting photography. The cameras are available courtesy of the federal GEAR-UP Program in partnership with Syracuse University.

Stone Canoe is an annual publication that showcases the work of a broad spectrum of writers and visual artists with connections to Upstate New York. The journal represents remarkable diversity in every aspect. Contributions range from Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging artists and writers of all ages and walks of life. Stone Canoe is published annually by University College of Syracuse University. For information about the publication, contact Allison Vincent at (315) 443-4165 or, or visit the website at  

Since 1954, the Gifford Foundation has been dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care by Rosamond Gifford. The foundation is committed to using its financial and human resources to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance the vitality and quality of life for the people of the Central New York community. For additional information, visit

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