Wachtel Literary Awards for 2014
Essay by Wojtek Wojciechowski, Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, NY -- read the essay
ACPC LITERARY COMPETITION 2014
History: The Literary Competition was established in 1995 by Estelle Wachtel-Torres MD (see bio) in memory of her father, Stanley Zenon Wachtel. (read his complete biography) Mr. Wachtel was a pioneer of Chicago's Polish Theatre. In Detroit, he became the long-time producer of the Polish Language Radio Program on WJLB, WEXL and WNBC. Plus, he was a lead writer as well as an announcer on Polish radio. Gertrude Wachtel, his spouse, was also active in the theatre and looked after the finances of the programs.
Purpose: The Literary Competition was established to foster the endeavors of Polish American Youth in the fields of journalism and/or literature. In order to be considered for an award, the age criteria is from junior high school until the age of 30 (in case of an individual studying for a doctorate or master's degree). The American Council for Polish Culture will match the first prize awards up to $750.00 per affiliate on an annual basis.
Criteria: For a matching award, the affiliate must notify the Literary Competition Chair with the following information.
- A notification of the date of the competition.
- Rules of its competition.
- The size of the award.
- The winner's name and any other requested data must be forwarded after the judging.
- Forward a copy of the winning entry plus a photo of the 1st place recipient to the Literary Competition Chair via an e-mail attachment to:
Carolyn L. Meleski firstname.lastname@example.org