In celebration of its tenth year, the annual writing contest kicks off January 3 with a new look. The Missoula Writes contest invites writers of all ages to compete for cash prizes in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Cash prizes will be awarded to 36 winners – three for fiction, three for non-fiction and three for poetry in each of four age groups: 8-10, 11-14, 15-18, and 19+. The first place winners with receive $100, second place will receive $50 and third place will win $25. Generous community sponsors fund these cash awards totaling $2,100. All qualifying entries will be bound into a book that will be available for checkout later in the year. A brochure of rules and the online submission link will be available starting January 3rd, and participants will have until February 16 to summit their work. For more information or to sponsor a prize category, please contact Desiree Funston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 721-BOOK (2665).