826 National will celebrate National Youth Literacy Day on August 26th. In celebration, the literary organization will host an informal writing contest.

Writers can submit three types of entries, all revolving around the numbers 826: a modified haiku poem with three lines (eight syllables, then two syllables, and then six syllables),  a short story consisting of “82.6 words” or a news story comprised of 826 characters.

Here’s more about the event: “826 National will be publishing entries beginning August 22, 2011 in their online Writing Gallery. Authors of the organization’s favorite entries will receive a gift bag full of 826 National merchandise. Follow this link for full details.