Posts tagged ‘Contests’

That’s a wrap!

Celebrate the final day of April and Poetry month with Poem in your Pocket Day! Check out the month long entries of poems or print one to carry in your pocket today and any day!

pocket_logo1My 10-yr-old needs to memorize and recite a poem in class tomorrow. In helping him search, I stumbled upon this fun poetry site from a poet living in the UK.  Check it out:

Patrick Winstanley has lots of cool links to other funny and gross poetry sites. Some even accept poems from young writers like you!

April 30, 2009 at 11:22 am

Wacky Wednesday!

Today, instead of the usual list of wacky writing prompts, I am posting a Wacky writing contest I found at Hope Clark’s WritingKid newsletter (which is free to you if you sign up!)

Good luck writers!


First Prize $75, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25.
Write a story about what happens one very topsey – turvey
day when pets act like parents and parents act like pets.
How will you convince the giggling aliens to put things
back the way they were? Or will you? Entry must not exceed
1,000 words. Deadline May 4, 2009.

April 15, 2009 at 12:19 am

Monthly Writing Contest

A fellow writer and friend of mine from Ireland spotted this monthly contest for young writers:

Give it a go!


Writer’s Forum (UK glossy writing mag, very good read, reputable, well-known) runs a monthly contest.

Open worldwide but entries in English

No fee

Winner gets 30 sterling, 3 runners up get a Collins English dictionary which includes encyclopedic entries. And they’re all published in the magazine.

Under 16 at time of submission

Entry no longer than 800 words

Email your story or poem or news feature as a Word attachment (.doc or .docx) or in body of the email

Include your details – for a template to use send a blank email to

Include a small pic of yourself, preferably a recent school photo if possible as a jpeg attachment

A parent or guardian must declare that your entry has not previously been published

Email entry to (email entries only please)

Deadline is 15thof each month and late entries roll into the next month

By entering you agree the story can appear in the mag and future anthologies of the mag.

Mary Jo’s NOTE:  as with any contest or calls for submissions, you should always check out the publication to see what they’ve printed/accepted before.  It’s also a good idea to read the previous winning entries to get a feel for the magazine’s style and tone:

March 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

Messy Mondays

Feeling messy and cluttered? If your desk is overflowing with papers, you’ll have a difficult time focusing on your writing.

Try some of these tips to get your notes and ideas organized:

  1. Jot down notes on 3×5 notecards, then file in an index file box by category: horror fiction ideas; fantasy story ideas; character names; settings, etc.
  2. Keep a 3-ring binder of helpful articles: handouts you get in class, articles you find on the Internet (like this post!) Again, use tab dividers to better organize all those tips! Try these: plotting; characters; setting; voice; story pacing; how to submit a story to a magazine, etc.
  3. Keep another binder or accordian file for all the markets you want to send your stories to: contests, magazines, newsletters, on-line”zines” You can categorize this by deadline date: have a tab for each month of the year and place the info for that particular contest behind the tab for the month it is due.


Do you have any organizing tips that you can share?  Please tell us!

September 15, 2008 at 10:09 am

Who’s your favorite author?

Do you have one or many? I have many, each for their own style or “voice.”

Well, if you are truly passionate about an author, use this opportunity to tell them – and the world! 

From the most recent “WritingKid” Newsletter, check out this contest:


The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in
partnership with Target Stores and in cooperation with
affiliate state centers for the book, invites readers in
grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a
national reading-writing contest. To enter, readers write
a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any
genre– fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic,
explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way
of thinking about the world or themselves. There are three
competition levels: Level I for children in grades 4 through
6; Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III, grades 9 – 12.
Winners, announced in the spring of each year, receive cash
awards at the national and state levels.



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September 9, 2008 at 10:25 am 1 comment

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