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Wanna know what it's really like to be a sportswriter at a Utah Jazz game?

Students between the seventh and 11th grades can experience the sights and sounds from front row of the press section at the Delta Center as an honorary member of the sports media for a night by entering and winning the Deseret News' annual "Cover a Jazz Game Contest."

To enter, students must submit a sample sports story about any basketball game — the Jazz, college or high school. The story may be from a TV game or one viewed in person. It should be written as if the student was covering the game for a newspaper as a sports reporter.

The contest deadline is 5 p.m. on March 31. Entries will be judged on detail, writing style, creativity, conciseness and clarity. Stories should be no longer than 700 words.

The grand prize winner will attend the Utah Jazz game against the Houston Rockets on April 9 with Deseret News sports writer Tim Buckley. The night will include dinner in the press room, an interview with KFAN radio personalities, a picture taken with a Jazz player, a seat on press row, two VIP tickets for guests and the chance to write a story that will appear in the next day's newspaper.

One second-place winner will receive a Club Suite Night for eight at an upcoming regular season game. Ten third-place winners will receive Utah Jazz T-shirts, and 25 will earn ballcaps. The class with the most entries will receive a Sky Box Night at an upcoming game.

Entries should include name, address, names of parent(s) and teacher, grade level, school and daytime and evening phone numbers.

Mail or deliver entries to: Cover A Jazz Game Contest, Deseret News, 30 East 100 South, Suite 400, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110. FAX to: (801) 237-2528. E-mail to: .

For information, contact Sharon Johnson at (801) 236-6062.

The winners' names will be published in the Deseret News April 8.