Monday, October 29, 2012

ASA Inc Sponsors "Arthur Halvajian Memorial" Armenian Poetry Project Competition

Armenian Students' Association of America, Inc.
333 Atlantic Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island 02888
Tel: (401) 461-6114

October 22, 2012
Contact: Nathalie Yaghoobian


WARWICK, RI---The Armenian Students Association, Inc. (ASA Inc.) announced
this month that it will once again be sponsoring the Armenian Poetry Project's
annual writing competition. This is the third year that the ASA Inc. has
sponsored the annual competition and the first year that it is naming its
sponsorship in memory of Arthur Halvajian, a longtime member and trustee of
the ASA Inc who passed away in 2010. The 2012 competition opened October
1st, the start of Armenian cultural heritage month, and the deadline for
submissions is December 1, 2012. Competition winners will be announced in
February 2013.

"We are pleased to continue our support of the Armenian Poetry Project
and it is only fitting that we name our sponsorship in honor of Arthur
Halvajian who first built our relationship with the Project," said
Brian Assadourian, Chairman of the ASA, Inc. Board of Trustees.

The Armenian Poetry Project, led by Lola Koundakjian, is a research and
documentation site of 19th to 21st Century Armenian poets and poetry.
Whether it is through its website/blog, Facebook, or iTunes presence -
which features podcasts of recited works - the Project brings together
writers from all walks of life across the world.

The competition is open to individuals with one or more parents with at least partial Armenian heritage. All residents of the United States and Canada are invited to submit their
work, in English or Armenian (preferred) for the third annual competition.
Entries should be e-mailed to with the
subject heading "Halvajian ASA/APP Poetry competition".  Individuals may
only submit one poem for the competition.

The competition groups submissions into three categories; students (ages
12-17), college age (ages 18-22), and adult (ages 23 and older). A top
prize will be awarded for each of the categories in the amounts of US $50
(students), $100 (college age), and $250 (adult).

Each poem submitted for the competition must be accompanied by the author's
full name, age, home address/telephone number, school name, and sponsoring
teacher's telephone number.  Those in the college age category need not
include a sponsoring teacher. Those in the adult category need not include
school information.

You can learn more about the Armenian Poetry Project by visiting

The Armenian Students' Association of America, Inc. encourages educational
pursuits by Armenians in America and the raising of their intellectual
standards, provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships to
deserving Armenian students, develops fellowship among them, cultivates in
them the spirit of service in the public interest, and acquaints them and
the entire American community with Armenian culture.

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