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Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Issues Call for Entries to the Dissonance Project

ITHACA, NY — Students currently enrolled in high school or secondary school in the United States or overseas are invited to submit entries to the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) Dissonance Project, a nonfiction and journalism writing contest exploring the concept of dissonance, the 2014 FLEFF theme. Winning entries will be awarded cash prizes of $100, published on the FLEFF website, and receive complimentary tickets to the festival, being held March 31–April 6 at Ithaca College.

Contestants are asked to submit entries in news story, narrative nonfiction or nonfiction essay forms exploring dissonance in new ways. No poetry, fiction or hybrid forms will be accepted. Entries should not exceed 500 words in length and should be submitted by Feb. 1, 2014.

Entries should be emailed to and typed in the body of the email. The submission should include the student’s full name and email address, name and location of high school, and graduation date in the body of the email.

Defined by FLEFF as, “Neither noise nor cacophony, dissonance pairs together the incompatible with results that surprise, offend, invite, disturb and excite, spurring action and creativity,” more information on the definition of dissonance can be found at

The contest will be judged by Ithaca College faculty members Mead Loop, Sonali Somarasinghe and Catherine Taylor, who contribute to the documentary studies and production program in the college’s Roy H. Park School of Communications.

The Dissonance Project writing contest for high school students is a collaborative partnership between the documentary studies and production program and FLEFF.

Launched in 1997 as an outreach project from Cornell University’s Center for the Environment, FLEFF was moved permanently to Ithaca College in 2005. It is housed in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Educational Affairs as a program to link intellectual inquiry and debate to larger global issues.

For more information on the Dissonance Project, visit, or contact Jenny Stockdale at