360 Main Street invites teens to Write in the Street.

Recognizing the work of student writers through publication provides an important incentive for them to strive for excellence. Educational research has long demonstrated this causal relationship, and the requirements for publication have even been written into the curriculum for Michigan schools K-12. "Published" may take many forms: through reading at an open mic, being displayed in a public place, or appearing in print or online.

To urge on those creative writers, with the financial support of an anonymous donor, 360 Main Street has designed a writing contest that is free to enter and offers prizes and publication online for the most accomplished works.

This contest is open to high school students in Bay, Genesee, Midland and Saginaw counties. It includes a number of categories (story, poetry, and personal essay/memoir) and uses a blind submission process, so that entrants' identities are unknown to the panel of judges. To read the complete guidelines and download registration forms, visit WITS.

Deadline for entries to be postmarked is April 30, 2011.