The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 5, 1949 · Page 15
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 15

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 5, 1949
Page 15
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'^THURSDAY, MAY 5, 104f> Big City Behind I In Five Arts; Toledo Is Tops NEW YORK — Hf> — Nen York, 'Mftlch has long boasted that It Is uPb nation's center for creative writing, is apparently being outstripped by Toledo, O. and Los Angeles, Calif, An analysts or 23,uucJ entries thus far in the National five Arts competition shows also ilial Hvltc as many women as men ai'o submitting entries. The competition is being sponsored by the National Five Arts Award, inc., a non-profit organization, to stimulate creative writing. Prizes totaling $100.000 In rash and fellowships arc lo be awarded (or the best novel, play ' short story, movie synopsis, popular SOUK, radio script and short shorl story. Officials are somewhat puzzled about certain aspects ot the sudden increase hi composition. Fot one thing, there have been vcr> few .SOURS written by women, yet the two sexes arc running neck and neck in this division. Movie writing has also been considered largely a male (ield. but the lUrls have submitted the bulk of scenarios. Men arc in the lead only in the full length play and ir radio scripts. An analysis of entries also shows that the South and Midwest lead the country in popular song entries ¥ ' lie New York and New England tops in plays and radio scripts other leading sources of entries I besides Toledo and Los Angeles are in order Miami, Newport News. Pat- \ erson. N. J.; Chattanooga, Boston and Burlington, VI. The high pa- sitian of I,os Angeles and Burlington Is attritm'.od to the nearness of the universities of California and Vermont. According to Hie board ol directors, the contest Is self-supporting. A two-dollar fee Is charged with each manuscript submitted A Brooklyn attorney has underwritten the contest if it lails to break even. The competition closes July 31. BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIEH NEWS PAGE F1FTEE*. 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