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Conference Date 2017

2017 Annual Conference

"We Can do Difficult Things"

May 19, 2017

Plenary Speaker: Stephen Redman

2017 Learner Writing Contest

2017 Learner Writing Contest

Call for Submissions

    The New Jersey Association for Lifelong Learning (NJALL) is holding its third annual adult learner writing contest.  This year we will award cash prizes in five categories - fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry and photography.  Several winners will be invited to read their work and receive their awards at the annual NJALL conference on May 19th, 2017.  All of the winners and selected other submissions will be published in a free magazine that will be available from our website in the spring of 2016.
Categories:      Fiction        Non-fiction        Memoir           Poetry      Photography
Prizes:             1st Place - $100         2nd Place - $50           3rd Place $25
* All adult learners are eligible, regardless of whether they are adult literacy students, preparing for high school equivalency tests or enrolled in English language classes.
* Learners can submit one piece per category, except for poetry.  Learners can submit up to five poems for consideration.  Learners can send in submissions for multiple categories.
* All submissions must be original and represent the work of the learner - not the work of their teacher or tutor.  Teachers/tutors may help with spelling and grammar, but it should be limited in nature.  We are using the honor system with regards to this.
* English language learners can get help with translation, but the work should remain their own.
* There are no page or word limits.
Submissions need to be received by January 16th, 2015, at
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Submissions should include the learner's name and contact information and the name of the program or school they attend.  The email should also identify the category of the submission.  By entering the contest, the learner agrees to have their piece published in the magazine if it is selected.
All those submitting work will be notified of the decisions by March 6th, 2016.
Please send any questions to
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Acting as a Reviewer

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We are particularly interested in having learners serve on the review committee.

A pdf copy of this call is available to download and circulate here.

Writing Resources

Women's Perspectives is a magazine of writing put out by WE LEARN. You can get information about the magazine here and download some free writing prompts here. The website has free prompts from previous issues as well.

The Literacy Review is also a collection of adult learner's writings, published by NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. You can get information and download pdfs here.

Something to Write About is a collection of prompts, along with some comics. You can download the pdf here.

A pdf copy of this call is available to download and circulate here.



 The recently passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is changing the provision of adult basic education, adult literacy, ESOL and workforce education in the United States and in New Jersey. As the law is implemented, many people have questions about what the implications will be for their students, programs and communities.  

 To address this issue, NJALL has created a blog focused on WIOA. The blog will share resources that are being created both by the government and other organizations around the country. Just as importantly, we hope the blog will be a space where people can share their thoughts, questions and concerns about WIOA. 

 We are an all volunteer organization, but we will do our best to get answers to questions that people about the law and what is happening around it. As part of our advocacy efforts, we will also forward your thoughts about the law and its implementation to the appropriate representatives and officials.   

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