Attention, writers! OCC Library offering $100 prize in contest for best story with Westside theme

       Ever had something happen that made you feel one with the Westside?
       Here's your chance to tell about it… and maybe even win $100.
       “My Westside - Our Voice” is a writing contest offered by the Old Colorado City Library, with entries accepted through Oct. 14.
       “Our Westside community is filled with the voices of people ranging in age, background, and interests - and we are bound by a common voice - our passion for our neighborhood, its rich history, and its revitalization,” reads the library's contest explanation. “We want to hear your voice - what does our community mean to you? Tell us about a specific event that has connected you to the many voices of Old Colorado City's past, present, and future, making you feel a part of the neighborhood we love.”
       Library staff will judge the entries, with the winner and two runners-up to be announced in early Novem-ber, according to library information specialist/contest organizer David Rasmussen.
       The winner will receive $100, courtesy of the Friends of Old Colorado City Library, he said.
       The winning story will appear in the Westside Pioneer. In addition, the library will publish it, along with the runners-up, on its blog at
       There is no age limit.
       Each entry must be typed, either on paper or on a computer, and be 350 words or less. It can be taken to the library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., and given to an employee, or submitted electronically to this e-mail address:
       Electronic submissions must have “Old Colorado City Contest” on the e-mail subject line.
       A first and last name and phone number are required.
       The contest is a spinoff from the “Student and Citizen Journalism Contest” planned by the Pikes Peak Library District this coming January as part of its annual All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR) programming.
       “We thought an essay theme, 'My Westside-Our Voice,' would nicely complement APPR and narrow the focus on our own Westside community,” Rasmussen said.
       For more information, call the Old Colorado City Library at 634-1698 x0.

Westside Pioneer/press release