Westfield Leader and The
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times will invite entries for the
third annual Bernard Heeney Contest For Creative Writing.
The contest celebrates reading and writing as exemplified by
the late Mr. Heeney, who relished publications, particularly
newspapers. The contest is open to anyone and there is no
entry fee. There is one essential criteria – have fun.
entries are to be original, unpublished work; winning
authors will receive prizes and their entries will be
published this spring in the
36th Annual This Is Westfield.
are to be 700 to 1200 words. A photograph or illustration is
welcomed. In the spirit of creative writing, contestants are
encouraged to consider past, present or future; history,
commentary, sports, art, humor, science fiction, essay,
mystery and illustration -- in some fashion, with a tie to
Westfield or surrounding communities.
author may submit up to three entries, which may be tendered
early to receive editorial feedback with an opportunity for
Westfield Town Clerk Bernard Heeney, Jr., who died in 2005
at the age of 56, was a pivotal presence in the town’s
government for more than a quarter century. He had a
friendly, chipper nature and an ability to get things done.
Among many things, he was innovative while making sure
everything was done “according to Hoyle.” Mr. Heeney
read several newspapers each day and was proud that many of
his letters were published, including one in The
New York Times.